Hi, I’m Sally Ferguson. Fall is indeed the
time to plant the tulips that bloom in the Spring. When it comes to design, there’s no
right or wrong, it’s all about what you like. In this video we focus on tulip planting techniques
to help you get the visual impact you want in the garden. Planting tulips is pretty easy,
but knowing a few tricks makes it even easier. Let me show you a few. First, think of fall
planting like planning a recipe, first you get your ingredients together. In the garden
you will want a shovel, a bulb trowel, see its narrow shape, perfect for planting bulbs.
You need tulips of course, you need some water to water them in once planted, and I always
think it’s nice to top off planting with a bit of good rich compost. What else, well
why not be comfortable, a kneeling pad and gloves. Tulips are sociable flowers, they
look best planted in a group, you can dig a little hole like this, with your trowel,
just pull it back. 6 inches deep, pointy end up, don’t worry too much about pointy end
up, bulbs want to grow straight and they will. Put the bulbs in a nice little grouping will
come up like a bouquet. Or you can dig a broader trench, and maybe use your shovel, go down
6 inches, get a nice flat surface, and now put all the bulbs you want quickly. 6 inches
down, it’s a fast way to plant a lot of bulbs. Then, cover them up, water them in, it’s nice
to add a bit of rich compost on top. Voila, you’re done. For best visual impact, don’t
plant tulips in a row like stiff little soldiers, they’ll look straggly and thin when they come
up in the Spring. Plant tulips in a mass for mass color, 25, 50 bulbs. That’s the ticket.
Here’s a neat trick to maximize visual impact, plant tulips in a triangle shape, with the
point of the triangle at the front of the bed, and the broad long line at the back of
the bed. Position the bulbs a bit randomly, not in stiff little lines, so they’re in a
cluster, a bouquet effect, it’s very pretty that way. In the Spring when the tulips come
up, more flowers will bloom than you actually planted, or so it will seem because of the
optical illusion of the triangle planting. After planting your bulbs and watering them
in, you can admire your rich garden bed, or you can add a bit of top dressing. Perhaps
a bit of ornamental kale, or fall pansies, they’re a nice touch. Above all, don’t ever
underestimate your own personal design eye. In the garden, your style is the best style.
For Longfield Gardens, I’m Sally Ferguson.