Category Archives: alliums

Our lilies captured on film

We thought you might like to see a video of our lilies, alliums and eremurus that we displayed at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show back in 2015. Our friends at The Round Group spent the day with us filming our stands and capturing our stunning flowers on film to share with you. See what you think:

And here’s a throw back to when we were featured on the BBCs Great British Garden Revival with James Wong presenting it. James came to visit our nursery to see how and what we grow. He was fascinated by our lilies and just how easy they are to grow.

Storage of Allium bulbs

This question was asked by
Ann Myles

Each year I have spent a large amount on buying allium bulbs – they are planted in late autumn and bloom beautifully in the spring/summer but if I leave them in the ground they never return the following year, so I always have to buy and plant more each year. I feel that I need to dig them up at the end of the season and maybe store them over winter rather like a tulip bulb that you wish to relocate the following year – any idea on how to do this if it is possible, or where do you think things are going wrong. I live in a very exposed site in the Cotswolds and our winters are quite wet and temperatures can go as low as -12 degrees on a regular basis. Thank you for your help.

Hi there,

No I would leave your alliums where they are, cut the seed head off and allow the foliage and stem to die back by themselves to feed the bulb. Alliums like a cold dormant phase so its best to leave them in. We do advise lifting them after the 3rd year and splitting them.

Allium Bulb Collection (Pack of 20 Bulbs) (SKU17627)

Kind regards
Loraine Hart

Start of Autumn…

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Autumn and what to plant

The temperature is dropping, days are getting shorter and the leaves are changing colour – all signs that summer is drawing to a close. But when does autumn actually start? Well it’s the 1st September if you go by the meteorological calendar or 23rd September based on the Astronimical calendar. If, like us, you’re wondering what the difference is, the meteorological calendar is more simplified and splits up the four seasons into three month blocks and the Astronomers base the date of the seasons upon autumnal equinox, when night and day are roughly equal length. So either way, Autumn is upon us! And its time to start thinking about your Spring garden as our glorious spring flowers like to be planted throughout the Autumn (Sept, Oct, Nov).

Here’s a little break down of what you can plant this Autumn to have some colour in your garden month by month:

January-February: CrocusSnowdrops, 

February-March: Narcissus,  Leucojum Aestivum

 

March-April: Tulips,  Cyclamen,  Puschkinia, Anemone Blanda, Chinodoxa,
Erythronium Pagoda

April- May: FritillariaHyacinthoides Non-Scripta ‘Blue Bells’, Alliums

May +: CamassiaEremurus

Martagon Lilies

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We now have our stunning Martagons available to order as well. With a few new varieties to choose from. Our Martagons will also be dispatched in the Autumn for planting throughout the months of Sept, Oct and Nov. Martagons are ideal for woodland type gardens. These special Lilies grow especially well in dappled shade in Humus-rich, Alkaline soil. They naturalize really well and are long lived and hardy.

 

Happy Gardening!
Harts Nursery 🙂

 

 

 

 

Allium gigantium

This question was asked by
Valerie

How would I plant 3 bulbs if I wanted to grow in pots would they need a pot each and what size pot do I need and what compost .

It’s personal choice on how you wish to plant them. If you want 3 in a pot, we would advise a 12″ pot. A free-draining, multi-purpose compost will be fine, or try John Innes No. 3.

Loraine Hart

Reserve your spring bulbs now!

Need to update your Spring garden?

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Carnival De Nice Tulips          Pack of 20 Bulbs – £7.50

Now’s the time to get ahead of the game and order your favourite spring flowering bulbs. We have a large variety of Tulips, Alliums, Eremurus, Fritillaria and Daffodils as well as the ever popular Madonna Lily (Lilium Candidum) plus many more bulbs that will transform anyone’s garden. Please check out our website and reserve your bulbs now. We will then send them to you in the Autumn (Sept 2016) ready for you to plant straight away.

 

Order at www.hartsnursery.co.uk

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Madonna Lily                                        Pack of 3 Bulbs – £10

 

 

Lily & Spring Bulb 2016 Catalogue

You can now download our 2016 Lily and Spring Bulb Catalogue (as a PDF) so you can browse our varieties in comfort before ordering online at www.hartsnursery.co.uk or by post/telephone. We have plenty of Lilies, Martagons and other Spring and Summer flowering bulbs for a garden full of colour year after year.

 If you find it easier, please feel free to print off the downloadable Catalogue below and complete the order form on the inside back page and send it to us by post along with your payment. We accept payment by Card over the phone, Paypal or Cheque.
Please contact us on 07855785540 or email us at enquiries@hartsnursery.co.uk if you have any questions.
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Our Lily Display

We were fortunate enough to have a professional team from Zumm Creative come over to the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show this year and capture some great footage of our lily display and outside Garden where we won a Gold Medal for our lilies and Best Plant Village Exhibit for our garden.

Well done to all – it looks great!

https://zumm-creative.wistia.com/medias/asz0l0fj04

For more information regarding Zumm Creative,
please contact Calam Smail on 01270 897170.

FAQ – When and where is best to plant Alliums?

Allium bulbs are planted in the Autumn for flowering the following year. Alliums (also known as Ornamental Onions) are perennial so they will flower year after year and are incredibly long-lived and flower for ages. Alliums like to be planted in full sunlight and in a well-drained soil. Once you have found the perfect spot in your garden to grow your Alliums, you need to dig holes in the flower bed that are three times the circumference of the bulb. For example, if the bulb is two inches in size then it needs to be planted six inches deep. Plant the bulbs about 8-12inches apart. For impact, plant Allium bulbs in groups. Alliums work well in rockeries and crowded gardens as they don’t take up much space.

Allium Drumstick

Planning ahead

You may be thinking that Summer has only just arrived and we really haven’t seen much of it so far. But unfortunately, Autumn will be upon us before we know it and that’s when you need to start thinking about your garden for the following Spring… Yes! I said Spring, 2016!! Seems a long way off but if you want your garden to look full of colour and packed with your favourite flowers then thinking ahead and planting your bulbs in the Autumn is what you need to do. If you’re not an experienced gardener, that’s not a problem as we provide growing and planting instructions on most varieties on our website at www.hartsnursery.co.uk.

Have you thought about your colour scheme for your garden or the height of the flowers you would like? Or do you need to know what flowers grow best in what conditions? Some prefer sunnier positions and some like growing in the shade. Perhaps your garden has an Alkaline or Acidic Soil? If so, our website can advise on this or you can just drop us an email at info@hartsnursery.co.uk and ask us! We are happy to help!

We have some great offers on Spring bulbs this year with many new collections being added to our website to make the decision-making easier. We’ve grouped certain varieties together based on what we think complement each other at a special offer price! Check out our fabulous offers on Alliums too!! It seems these majestic, pom-pom like flowers are not only attracting the bees as we’ve noticed that Alliums have been super popular this year! There’s plenty of new varieties for you to choose from.

Autumn is also the time to plant your Martagon Lily Bulbs. Now, these spectacular species grow well in woodland type gardens and especially well in dappled shade in a humus-rich, Alkaline soil. Another great feature about these Lilies is that they naturalize really well and are long-lived and particularly hardy! Again, we have some amazing new varieties for you to choose from on our website. Order now to avoid disappointment as we have limited stock!

Happy planning and planting from hartsnursery.co.uk