ROBUST FLOWERS & EXOTIC COLOURS
Colour your garden the Dutch way - Buy flower bulbs online
Flower Bulbs are a sure-fire route to a fabulous garden. That’s because each bulb already contains an embryonic flower and has been groomed for years to give its absolute best in exchange for very little love and attention. At Farmer Gracy’s, we offer the UK the biggest ever selection of amazing flower bulbs online, including some very unique varieties you won’t get anywhere else. What’s more, you get your top quality Dutch flower bulbs direct from the farm. So get browsing and be inspired!
Plant in Spring for Summer Flowering.
From Gladioli to Dahlias, from Begonias to Calla Lilies. Planting summer bulbs in Spring means enjoying colour all summer long. Summer bulbs are the perfect way to add bright notes of summer colour to the border. An existing planting can always use some added sparkle. After all, a riot of colour is what summer is all about! Summer bulbs, - corms and - tubers can be planted from mid-March to mid-June, as long as the danger of frost has passed. They will then produce flowers in abundance that very summer. Some summer bulbs, like Dahlias, Crocosmias and Begonias, can even keep on flowering into the autumn!
We ship our spring planting bulbs in spring, from March through May, until stock runs out. It's the perfect planting time!
Colourful Summer Garden Essentials.
It’s hard to choose which Dahlias to plant these days. From the original 30 species, nearly 60 000 cultivars have been developed in 9 categories - the choice can be almost mind-blowing. Dahlias are happy in borders or beds with other flowers, or in a dedicated display. Wonderful cut flowers, any blooms cut will be replaced with new ones. Flowering time is also extended by removing dead heads. Dahlia tubers like full sun, a sandy soil with good drainage, and should be lifted and stored in winter, or at least protected with peat or straw. Dahlia flowers can range from 5 to 25 cm (2 to 10 inch) in diameter and those larger-flowering ones might require support canes.
Continuous colour throughout Summer.
Pretty and versatile, Begonias delight as outdoor and indoor plants, giving a showy display of colour wherever you choose to plant them. They flourish as houseplants, in hanging baskets or pots, as well as in borders. Multi-layered blooms of white, scarlet, pink or yellow are sometimes trimmed with a deeper or contrasting colour and contrast well with attractive and often variegated foliage. Sepals provide colour on the separate non-petalled male and female flowers which cohabit one plant. Plant in well-composted soil with good drainage in a light but shady area, out of the direct sun. Don’t overwater, but don’t let them get completely dry. Originally from warm tropical and sub-tropical areas, tuberous Begonias require winter storage in cold areas.
Lush, leafy, colourful and vibrant!
Creating your own little slice of paradise with lush, leafy and vibrant tropical plants grown from bulbs is easier than you might think. Although exotic plants are native to warmer climates, many can do very well in a typical UK garden and put on a fantastic summer show with very little fuss. Big, bold architectural foliage and zinging bright blooms are without doubt a trendy and popular look in the UK. Not only do tropical plants bring a lively splash of colour and structure to the garden, but their unique and ravishing looks make quite the talking point!
Compositions of Colour and Elegance.
You’d love to turn your garden into a summer show ablaze with blooms, but how do you know which plants will flower simultaneously for a jaw-dropping effect? Don’t despair! Farmer Gracy has been hard at work, selecting bulb mixtures that have been developed, tried and tested for optimum performance. Browse this supreme selection of sure-fire winning combinations for the most exciting garden in your neighbourhood. When others comment, just look knowing, but if they’re really good friends, you might even be prepared to share your secret.
Rare & Unusual Summer Bulbs.
You’re ready to take your Summer garden to the next level. Not for you the common-or-garden varieties. You want truly rare and unusual plants that are genuine collectors’ items. Because these varieties are truly scarce, early ordering is best – only limited amounts of bulbs are available to discerning gardeners like you. Discover remarkable colours and colour combos, crazy-cool pitch black blooms, plants that will amaze you even though you thought you knew what to expect, and the hidden delights within common bulb families right here.
Streamlined Beauties in every Colour.
Calla Lilies, sometimes called Arum Lilies, Trumpet Lilies or even Pig Lilies, are indigenous to Southern Africa, but have become increasingly popular in other countries where their unusual flower structure gives a classic style to garden beds, containers, bouquets or arrangements. What appears to be the flower is actually a modified leaf which curls itself into a trumpet-like sheath for the real flowers – a cluster of tiny blooms on a central spadix. The Calla plants with their large bright green leaves, sometimes speckled with white are attractive even before the purple, pink, green, pure white, or yellow Calla “flowers” bloom in late spring or summer. Keep Callas exposed to the sun and in soil that is moist but not soggy.
Stylish Summer Garden Classics.
As different categories of lilies have varying bloom times, it is quite possible to choose a selection of different ones that will keep you in flowers throughout summer. As an example, Asiatic lilies bloom first, followed by Trumpet Lilies and then the Orientals. Creating a flowering timeline of these three varieties will give you a sound base, after which you can have fun adding other lilies just for the love of doing so. Lilies like lots of sun and slightly acidic soil with good drainage so they do not stand in the water too long. Most are suitable in containers as well as in beds and borders and all make excellent cut flowers. Always choose large top bulbs for speedier results.
Spectacular flowers on elegant stems.
Also called the Sword Lily, Gladioli have tall flower spires carrying multiple blooms. They’re easy to grow, provided you use a sunny location and plant them in soil with good drainage. Gladioli come in a wide range of single and bi-colour flowers that open in sequence from the bottom of the flower spike to the top. Vulnerable to being bowed by the wind, or the flower spire’s weight, gladioli need shelter from summer storm winds and staking will help keep taller varieties upright. The tall varieties (up to 1,8 m or 6 feet) provide a colourful vertical backdrop to beds, while their smallest siblings, at only 60 cm or 2 feet tall, love the front row in borders. Winter storage may be necessary in harsh zones.
You’re the queen (or king) of your own garden, so you don’t need a democratic process to decide what’s best for you, but a little bit of espionage could give you some sneaky tips. Which of our bulb varieties are getting everybody else’s vote?
All our bulbs are selected for UK success, but by checking out the favourites, you can either decide to go with the majority vote or be revolutionary by choosing something more unusual from our collection!