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Shade Tolerant Bulbs

About the Product:

With the success of our shade tolerant turf and earth mixes we are pleased to be able to provide a naturalising selection of spring bulbs that will thrive in shaded meadows. The colour palette is describe as cool spring, with pale blues, whites and lemons. The mix of bulbs has been chosen to grow at a low level, flowering from February to May, ending as the wildflowers take over. Planting in clumps rather than evenly dispersed will provide a natural spring woodland look.

Bulb Mix

Jan-Feb Galanthus elwesii 10-15 cms
March Scilla mischtschenkoana 10-20 cms
  Scilla bifolia 10-20 cms
  Fritillaria meleagris 10-20 cms
April Erythronium pagoda 10-20 cms
  Narcissus 'W.P.Milner' 10-20 cms
  Tulipa sylvestris 10-20 cms
May Hyacinthoides non-scripta 15-30 cms


  Number of Bulbs Coverage
Bulb Bag 150 4-6m²
Bulb Crate 1500 62-65m²
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Images above are of varying age, taken at different times of year, reflect local site/ground conditions and historical maintenance regimes.
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Product Code: BULBS-ST



There is no further maintenance to the under planted wildflower area, other than the cut and removal of all plant material within the autumn months, strimmed or mown to an inch off the ground. A second cut at the end of May is sometimes advised if growth has been extreme due to weather conditions, but if you have also under planted with the summer bees and butterflies bulb mix you should not make this second maintenance cut. The dead plant material from the bulbs will be covered by the new growth of the wildflowers.

Please click the link for further information on how to under plant bulbs and maintain them in a wildflower area.

Planting Times

Bulbs should be planted between September and December, ideally when the ground temperature is between 4-8°C.


For a naturalised effect we recommend planting 20 bulbs per m². Denser looks can be achieved by doubling the rate.

Planting Methods

If planting whilst laying turf, for a naturalised effect, bulbs should be scattered from waist height onto prepared soil (a light tilth) and then covered over with the turf. The turf provides adequate cover so no additional soil or dibbing is required. Bulb sizes are deliberately small but care should be taken not to put too much heavy weight on to the turf, so as not to damage the bulbs underneath.

If planting into established wildflower areas, use a hand held bulb planter to a depth of 6-8 cms and plant where they have fallen after scattering them from waist height. A motorised turf cutter can also be used for a larger area, forking over the bared soil to create a light tilth, scattering the bulbs and taking care to lay down the cut turf back into place once the bulbs have been scattered.


When ordering with wildflower turf, bags or crates can be added on to the pallets of turf at little or no extra cost. When ordering bags or crates of bulbs separately, carriage will be charged at cost.

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