If you want lots of colour in your garden next spring you need to start planning and planting now
Get your timing right and prepare well
Garden Centres often sell bulbs for autumn planting from the end of July and want them out of the way by September to make room for Christmas-tree decorations. The message is: don’t be rushed. October is the best time for daffodils; November for tulips.
Prepare the soil properly. Remove weeds and incorporate lots of compost or other organic matter when planting bulbs. On heavy soils, dig in horticultural grit. Bulbs grown in pots need good drainage so put plenty of crocks in the bottom and use a well-drained compost. For pots use two parts John Innes No 2 with one part horticultural grit. Specialised bulb composts are expensive and only necessary in pots with poor drainage.