Blooming Bulbs

We’re in September, which means autumn is officially here – if you can believe it – and it’s certainly been a year like no other. 

But like ourselves, our gardens need routine and autumn is considered nature’s natural time for gardening - the soil is still warm so it’s the perfect time to add shrubs, trees and plants to your garden.

But one of our favourite jobs in the gardening calendar has to be planting spring bulbs. It’s been an unusual gardening year so looking ahead to 2021, when these marvels of nature will produce spring colour, has got to be a good thing!  

But with so many bulb varieties to choose from, the team at Tong Garden Centre have picked out a few that are certain to wow when spring comes around!

English grown Bluebells are a favourite of many - and it’s easy to see why! So easy to grow and quick to spread, you can recreate your very own woodland look with a carpet of magical blue flowers!

English Grown Bluebells

English Grown Bluebells- £4.99 for a 10 Pack

New to Tong for 2020, the Tulip Flaming Flag are a must have this year! Strong, sturdy and striking, their long lasting, ivory-white blossoms feel most at home when planted in a raised bed or a mixed border and are guaranteed to brighten up any spot in your garden!

Tulip Flaming Flag

Tulip Flaming Flag, Pack of 7, £2.99


Phil, our gardening expert, certainly knows his stuff when it comes to bulbs! His personal favourite, the Iris Katherine Hodgkin, makes an appearance in his garden every year! An incredibly beautiful and award-winner flower, it boasts large pale blue flowers with intricate deep blue veins and a distinctive scent.

Iris Katharine Hodgkin

Iris Katherine Hodgkin, Pack of 10, £2.99


To create a continuous burst of colour that lasts all spring, try underplanting your bulbs. As bulbs are planted at different depths and bloom at different times of the year, planting combinations of bulbs in layers within in a container will give you a succession of different flowers as the season progresses. The team at Tong can advise on which bulbs to layer, just ask in store.

And we’d always recommend mixing in Westland’s bulb planting compost when planting to encourage strong, healthy growth of all bulb types. Westland’s Bulb Planting Compost, 20L, £4.99

Check out our extensive range of spring bulbs in store now!

For more information about underplanting and top tips on bulb planting and colourful combinations, see a member of our team in store!