How to Layer Spring Blooming Bulbs and Recommendations for What Bulbs to Plant
Spring is a season full of life and color, and what better way to welcome it than by planting beautiful spring bulbs using the lasagna planting method? Lasagna planting, also known as layered planting, is a technique that involves planting bulbs in layers, one on top of the other, much like making a lasagna. This method allows you to plant a variety of bulbs in the same container or garden bed, resulting in a stunning display of colors and blooms throughout the spring season.
The technique is so easy and you only have to dig once! Find tips and recommended bulbs that, due to their ideal planting depth, make terrific lasagna planting partners.
Guide to Lasagna Planting Spring Bulbs
Choose Your Container or Garden Bed
Select a container or garden bed that is at least 12-18 inches deep to allow enough space for the different layers of bulbs. Make sure the container has drainage holes at the bottom to prevent waterlogging.
Prepare the Soil
Fill the bottom of the container or garden bed with a layer of well-draining potting mix or garden soil. This will be the base for your lasagna planting.
Start with the Largest Bulbs
Begin by planting the largest bulbs first. These are usually the ones that bloom the latest in spring. Plant the bulbs pointy side up and space them about 3-4 inches apart. (Find bulb planting depths here.)
Add Another Layer of Soil
Cover the first layer of bulbs with another 2-3 inches of soil.
Plant the Next Layer of Bulbs
Plant the next layer of bulbs, which are usually medium-sized and bloom in mid-spring. Again, plant them pointy side up and space them about 3-4 inches apart.
Repeat the Process
Continue adding layers of soil and bulbs until you reach the top of the container or garden bed. The smallest and earliest blooming bulbs should be planted in the top layer.
Top with Soil and Water
Finish by adding a final layer of soil on top and water the planting area thoroughly.
Add Mulch (Optional)
Adding a layer of mulch on top can help retain moisture and keep the soil temperature consistent.
Care for Your Planting
Water the planting area regularly, especially during dry spells. As the bulbs start to grow, you can also add a slow-release fertilizer to encourage healthy blooms.
Recommended Bulb Combinations for Lasagna Planting
Tulips, Daffodils, and Crocuses
This classic combination will provide a continuous display of colors from early to late spring. Plant the tulips in the bottom layer, daffodils in the middle, and crocuses on top.
Hyacinths, Narcissus, and Snowdrops
The sweet fragrance of hyacinths combined with the bright colors of narcissus and the delicate beauty of snowdrops make this combination a winner. Plant the hyacinths in the bottom layer, narcissus in the middle, and snowdrops on top.
Alliums, Muscari, and Anemones
This combination will create a stunning display of different shapes and colors. Plant the alliums in the bottom layer, muscari in the middle, and anemones on top.
Lasagna planting is an easy way to create a beautiful and colorful display of spring bulbs in your garden or on your patio. Experiment with different bulb combinations, you can enjoy a continuous display of blooms throughout the spring season. Share your favorites with us by tagging your photos @waysidegardens on Facebook and Instagram!
Cut Flower Preservative You Can Make at Home
Spring flowers are gorgeous in the garden and vase. If you cut flowers and bring some indoors, make this simple recipe to help them look great for longer.
Homemade Flower Preservative Recipe
• 1 quart (1 liter) of lukewarm water
• 2 tablespoons lemon juice
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon bleach
1. In a clean vase or container, mix the lukewarm water, lemon juice, and sugar. Stir well until the sugar is completely dissolved.
2. Add the bleach to the mixture. This will help to kill any bacteria in the water and keep the flowers fresh for a longer time.
3. Trim the ends of the flower stems at a 45-degree angle and remove any leaves that will be submerged in the water.
4. Place the cut flowers in the prepared solution.
5. Change the solution every 2-3 days to keep the flowers fresh.
Note of Caution: This homemade flower preservative works well for most cut flowers, but it is always a good idea to test a small amount on a few flowers first to make sure there are no adverse reactions.
Remember to always cut flowers in the morning or late afternoon when they are well-hydrated and at their peak freshness. Also, make sure to use clean and sharp scissors or pruning shears to cut the flowers. This will help to keep the flowers fresh for a longer time, too.