ROBUST FLOWERS & EXOTIC COLOURS
World class flower bulbs. Your garden deserves the best!
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 lots of unique bulb varieties you won’t get anywhere else. What’s more, you buy your top quality Dutch flower bulbs online, 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 late Feb 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.
Long-lasting, sturdy & resilient.
Create a summer border to be proud of with dazzling and dependable perennials. The beauty of perennial plants doesn’t just lie in their long-lasting flowers and sturdy, resilient nature, but it’s their sheer determination to keep on coming back stronger every year – in year one they’re good, but in future years they’re even better! Whether they’re tender perennial bulbs like Cannas which can be stored for winter and then planted again the following year, or tough hardy types like Geranium, Rudbeckia, Echinacea and Daylilies which can just stay put and left virtually to their own devices, perennials grace your garden with their presence for years – not only is that rewarding in the garden long-term, but it’s excellent value for money too!
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 bulbs and plants.
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.
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.
Timeless, bohemian-coloured classics.
Did your granny grow Ranunculus bulbs? She may well have done so, but despite being classics, there’s nothing old-fashioned about those bohemian colours! But why take our word for it when you can have a colourful swathe of Ranunculi in your own garden? We’re ready to bet you’ll become an enthusiast the minute your blooms begin to open. Farmer Gracy brings you both new varieties and timeless classics. Take a closer look and start planning the perfect spot for planting them this autumn or spring. Buttercups, Spearworts and Water Crowfoots are among the names given to Ranunculus. Almost rose-like in appearance, its beautiful flower with its multiple layers of very thin petals packed densely together, is very popular for bouquets and arrangements. They are supported on thin 30 to 45cm stems, and last for about 6 weeks during the June/July blooming season. Colours are bright golds, pinks, reds, salmon, oranges and yellows, as well as white. Ranunculus like well-drained areas, open to full sun and are suitable for containers, pots and beds. Choose large Dutch grown bulbs for the best results and the largest number of flowers. Warning: Too much handling while gardening could irritate your skin and the flower is poisonous to some animals.
Gorgeous & colourful summer blooms.
What could be prettier than a drift of Anemones in bloom? The softer than soft petals are almost transparent, allowing the light to shine through bringing the colours to life. They’re garden classics we rarely see in modern gardens, yet they’re utterly deserving of a place of honour in any garden. If you’re already a fan of anemones, look no further than Farmer Gracy’s collection of deserving Anemone varieties. If you aren’t, it’s time you gave them a chance. You’ll be glad you did!
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!