Bluebells are a favourite in the spring garden. These easy-to-maintain beauties are bright and slightly fragrant blue flowers, which can also be found in the less popular but also pretty pink or white.
If you’re looking for a bulb that grows well in partial shade, especially under deciduous trees, the bluebell is right for you. Bluebells spread quickly and can be invasive, so choose their location wisely. They also make for great container bulbs.
Plant bluebell bulb in late August or early September, remember to be gentle with the bulbs, as they can be rather brittle and damage easily. 2 inches deep with 3 inches of space between each.
Watch for your bluebells to bloom in mid-spring, most commonly in April and May. You’ll see a longer flowering period if the season is cool.
Bluebells prefer partial shade and moist soil, rich with organic matter. They thrive under trees because of the nutrients in the soil from fallen leaves.
Allow foliage to die down naturally, keeping soil moist all the while. Don’t disturb the bulbs if you can help it, but if you really need to divide, do so in late summer.