Planting Design With Spring Bulbs

Tulips, Alliums, Narcissus, Hyacinths, Crocus and more


  • Course length: weeks

  • Next start dates: 2nd September 2015 & 7th October 2015

  • Course price: £120 (Approx. US$192)

Planting Flowerbulbs – for a beautiful spring

Late summer through to early winter is the time we should all start thinking about our bulbs for Spring.  This garden design course prepares you for how to buy and plant a beautiful Spring garden using flowerbulbs.  Have you ever wondered how people get such a blend of scents and colour in their Spring garden?  Or how to naturalise bulbs in grass so they blend with your landscape?  Or simply use bulbs in pots as part of your exterior design for the Spring.

Unless you have some understanding of the vast array of bulbs that are available, especially tulips, it’s difficult to think beyond having a few bulbs in pots.  During this course we’ll discuss now only how to plant Spring bulbs, but how to choose appropriate bulbs for your setting, what to mix them with in planting design, and you’ll also receive personal advice from Andy himself who is a self confessed tulip fanatic.

We automatically tend to think of tulips and daffodils, but Andy will introduce you to a full painting palette of Spring bulbs, and enable you to work towards a garden which looks like a Spring garden of a true garden designer.


Course Content

Lecture 1 –Introduction to flowerbulbs

The appeal and versatility of flowerbulbs.  How they can be used in the home and garden to add colour and fragrance. When to buy spring flowering bulbs. How to store them prior to planting.  Quality bulbs for best results. The size of a bulb in relation to performance.   Choosing bulbs for a specific purpose or situation.  Planting flowerbulbs: when and how deep.  Aftercare of bulbs in the garden. Re-using bulbs, Storing flowerbulbs. Feeding bulbs and removal of fading foliage.

Lecture 2 – Growing bulbs in pots and containers indoors and out

Secrets of success of growing prepared hyacinths and other flowerbulbs for decoration indoors. Growing Narcissus ‘Paperwhite’ without soil.  Which other bulbs succeed indoors?  Planting flowerbulbs in pots on the patio.  Planting tulips in pots. Planting in layers to extend the season. Which compost to use. Caring for bulbs in pots them from planting to flowering.  Grouping pots of bulbs with other plants to create exciting combinations.

Planting flowerbulbs with bedding plants.

Lecture 3 –Adding colour to beds and borders by planting flowerbulbs.

Extending the season of roses and shrubs. Planting tulip bulbs that survive from year to year in the open ground.  Planting daffodils and narcissi in beds and borders.  Planting alliums with silver foliage plants, geraniums and other perennials. 

Creating exciting colour combinations by adding a few flowerbulbs.

Lecture 4 – Naturalising flowerbulbs.

Planting daffodils and narcissi in grass. Daffodils and narcissi for naturalising in grass. Other bulbs for naturalising in grass and meadows. Bulbs for naturalising (British, US and other regions). Planting flowerbulbs to add colour under trees. Planting flowerbulbs to add colour in shadewith ground cover plants.

Dwarf bulbs to plant in gravel and scree. 


Online Course Benefits

  • Weekly 1-2-1 tuition and feedback from, and access to, some of the best tutors in the world.
  • Weekly video tutorials, allowing you to revisit lectures again and again.
  • Weekly assignments which are critiqued by your expert tutor - most students find this feedback one of the most valuable aspects of the course
  • Magazine style downloadable transcript (your own four part ebook of the course)
  • All this is done within 'MyClassRoom' - your own virtual, community based global classroom
  • Vibrant social network communities
  • At the end of your course, if you successfully complete your course, you will receive a certificate of completion and an online badge (available to download from your classroom)

To understand more about how it all works, go to the 'How it Works' section!


There are no specific requirements for this course apart from a passion or keen interest in making a beautiful garden for Spring.  It doesn't matter which country you're in, your tutor Andy teaches people from all over the world through his MyGardenSchool online horticulture classes.  We have had practising Garden Designers take this course, who simply want to understand more about the pallette available for Spring bulb planting - right through to complete beginners.  Please let Andy know your background, country of origin and what you want to achieve in your garden, when you enter the classroom before the next course starts.  

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