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How to plant bulbs in pots

Lasagne planting is a simple process where different bulbs are planted in layers in a pot to create an extended period of flowering as the different blooms come and go. It's a great idea if you're tight on space, as it allows you to grow several different bulbs in one spot.

Shopping list

  • Flower pot 30cm+ deep
  • Multi-purpose or John Innes compost
  • Bulbs for the three layers
  • Hand trowel
  • Horticultural grit
  • Bulb starter
  • Gardening gloves
  • Bedding plants
  • Watering can

Available in-store or online

Step by step guide

  • Add 5cm of compost to the bottom of your pot (30cm deep).
  • Place the bottom layer of bulbs with the pointed end up. Cover with compost.
  • Repeat with the middle layer of bulbs, ensuring they don't touch.
  • Do the same with the top layer of bulbs and fill the pot with compost.
  • Plant violas and pansies on the top for instant colour.

Top tip: Choose bedding plant colours to match your bulbs

Know your bulbs

Bottom layer

Big bold bulbs that will make a statement include tall Daffodils, Tulips and Alliums.

Middle layer

Smaller bulbs that still pack a lot of flower include Hyacinth, mid-size Tulips and mid-size Daffodils.

Top layer

More delicate bulbs for a pretty early display, choose Crocus, Iris or Muscari.