6 bulbs you should plant now for perfect blooms in spring 2022

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We are delighted to announce the launch of Country Living's first flower bulbs collection at Homebase, making it easy and affordable to create your own country garden.

Available online and in stores from 1st September 2021, the collection features expertly selected bulb mixes perfect for a spring garden. Including firm country garden favourites, from a rainbow of colourful tulips to fragrant narcissi, crocuses, and pretty muscari, these mixes have been designed to introduce colour, scent, and even encourage pollinators into your garden.

Several of our bulb collections hold the RHS Award of Garden Merit, the seal of approval from the RHS experts.

When to plant your bulbs for a perfect springtime bloom:

  • Narcissi: Sept-Oct

  • Crocuses: Sept-Nov

  • Hyacinths: Sept-Oct

  • Muscari: Sept-Oct

  • Tulips: late Oct-Nov

Why are tulips later than the rest? Tulips need to be planted from late October through to early November to reduce the risk of them getting tulip fire, a fungal disease that withers and distorts the leaves.

The Country Living Bulb Collection

Tulip Mixes

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An extensive offering of tulip mixes in a rainbow of colours. The Berry Tulip Collection, with 30 specially selected bulbs, creates a of sea of purple in your pots, beds or borders. The Parrot Tulip Mix features three variations with their distinctive ruffled petals in dramatic deep burgundy, crisp white and a velvety red. And on the other end of the colour spectrum, the Sunshine Mix boasts a spring green, sunny yellow and bright orange mix.

Narcissi Mixes

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We have five narcissi mixes for fans of this delicate, butter yellow flower, chosen to provide fantastic fragrance to your garden. Our Snow White Collection includes the distinctive papillon blanc to add flashes of pure white, whilst the Naturalising Narcissi Mix has been chosen for its ability to come back year after year, providing a reliable pop of colour for your garden.

Scented garden collection

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A fabulous fragrant flower collection that has been carefully selected to bring the best scent to your garden. The Scented Garden Collection features an array of hyacinthus, flushed with shades of blue and lilac, and a selection of double narcissi, a beautiful and highly scented double daffodil.

Perfect for pollinators

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Wild bees and other pollinators are in decline, and gardeners can help by planting garden flowers that provide forage for a wide variety of pollinating insects. Our Perfect for Pollinators Collection will encourage pollinators into your garden with a carefully selected mix including crocus fuscotinctus, a golden-yellow, goblet-shaped flowers with a sweet scent, and the muscari armeniacum, a charming blue flower that looks like tiny bunches of grapes.

Alium collection

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The Alium Collection includes 45 specially selected bulbs designed to add colour and structure to the late spring and early summer border. Our favourites from this collection are the Allium Purple Sensation, with showstopping rounded heads of deep purple star-shaped flowers, and the allium nigrum an impressive semi-globular white flower, perfect for naturalising in grass.

100 Days of Spring

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The aptly named 100 Days of Spring Collection features 60 flower bulbs that will create a stunning succession of flowers from March to June. This rainbow mix will produce shades of pale purple, royal blue, sunshine yellow, and vibrant yellow in your pots and borders. The hyacinth delft blue, with its delicate blue florets will fill your garden with a sweet fragrance, offset with the tulip jan signette, a red bloom with vibrant yellow edging.

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