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Bulb-planting tips from the Keukenhof

Tara Nolan
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Tara Nolan

Look to the extensive gardens of this internationally renowned, historic bulb paradise for ideas and inspiration

Every fall, as the threat of frost looms over our gardens, planting bulbs provides gardeners with one last chance at digging in our plots. However the selection available in stores and bulb catalogues can be overwhelming, not to mention what do you do with them once you get them home? When I grabbed a bag of ‘Purple Princes’ and ‘Pink Emperors’ on a whim, I thought I’d add a dash of colour to my spring garden. I spaced them out as per the package and waited patiently for them to bloom in a sparse little row. Then I went to the Keukenhof in Holland, the bulb capital of the world, and my idea of how to plant bulbs was altered forever. There are so many possibilities that never again will I embarrass my garden with a paltry little row.

Here are some tips I tucked away from my visit to the most popular bulb garden in the world.


Create waves of colour
Colour blocking may currently be a hot fashion trend, but it’s timeless in the garden. Experiment with straight lines or waves of colour. Use string to block out where you need to plant and to keep lines straight.


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