English Spring carpets

Bulbs planted en masse provide one of the most spectacular events of the spring. The trick is not to plant too many varieties that will flower at the same time, but succession planting is easily achieved with crocus giving way to narcissi possibly ahead of camassia or even late tulips or alliums. 

Here in the Delos garden at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent the ground is truly carpeted with pale blue multi headed Scilla messeniaca, appropriately from Southern Greece.

To maximize continued flowering in successive years feed after flowering, slow release granules work fine, and if planted in grass allow leaves to die back for a couple of months before mowing.