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Bulb Lasagna Plantings: a Feast for the Eyes

Lasagna? Isn’t that a tasty dish made from layers of pasta and fillings? You are absolutely right! And after reading this you’ll understand how to make a feast of a different kind, one that’s intended for the eyes, by creating a bulb lasagna planting! Why plant lasagna-style? Colourful container plantings really bring your spring bulbs into prominence, but to get a display that lasts throughout the season, rather than just blooming for a few weeks, you need to combine early, mid and late spring bloomers. But with limited space at your disposal, you don’t want to have great big gaps between the bulbs that will result in a half-hearted display. To overcome this, the Dutch developed the rather clever ‘lasagna’...

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Peonies! All about Peony Bare Roots

There are essentially four different types of peony. Keen gardeners may wish to grow some of the wild species, though they are not usually the ones from which the dramatically colourful varieties are derived. There are also woody tree peonies, which have bare winter stems and are better suited to mid-way or the backs of borders. There are also hybrids, that are a cross between the tree peonies and the herbaceous types, which are becoming more popular (see the variety ‘Yellow Crown’, below).

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