It’s time to plant your spring flowering bulbs

Potted IrisAutumn is the time to plant bulbs that you want to flower in the following spring.

With a trowel or dibber, make a hole twice the depth of the bulb. You can plant in formal rows or in a grassland setting, plant in clusters or simply get a handful of bulbs, scatter them on the ground and plant them where they land.

Autumn is also a time to divide your herbaceous plants. This is a way of getting another plant for free. You can also do it if a plant is getting too big.

Division is really simple – dig the plant out of the ground so all the roots are exposed. Using two spades back-to-back, put into the plant base and by manoeuvring the spades, force the plant apart. The separated plant sections can then be replanted wherever you decide.

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