Container Rules and Overview
Color and Design
Potting and Repotting
Planting Hanging Bags
Vegetables in Containers
Layering Bulbs and Plants
Vines and Roses in Containers
bulbs in containers for spring or summer display is similar to making
lasagna. You build by adding layers of drainage material, soil,
bulbs, and mulch or groundcovers.
In the picture above, the
soil surface has been planted with curly parsley for a "groundcover"
below and around the main planting.
Layer Bulbs in Containers
- First put in a foundation of
drainage material and soil.
- Eight inches from the top of the
container, add large bulbs like tulips, gladioli, cannas, lilies,
etc. Position bulbs close together - so they are touching each
other but NOT the side of the container.
- Add three inches of
- On this layer, plant small bulbs
like grape hyacinths, calla lilies, etc.
- Top with three to four more inches
of soil, and an inch of mulch. You can skip the mulch and also
plant a groundcover over the surface of the soil if
- Water in well.
For spring bulbs, protect the container
from extremes of cold. Keep summer blooming bulbs well watered and