Andy McIndoe

Bulbs: For Pots & Borders

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Course Description

Expert gardener Andy McIndoe shares his passion and knowledge for tulip bulbs (and many other flower bulbs) in this online gardening course.

You'll learn which flower bulbs to choose, when and where to plant bulbs, and how combine flowers from bulbs to create long lasting and naturalistic designs.

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Late summer and autumn through to early winter is the time we should all start thinking about planting our bulbs for Spring. This course prepares you for how to buy and plant a beautiful garden using flower bulbs including tulips, daffodils and other spring bulbs.  

Have you ever wondered how people get such a blend of scents and colour from bulb flowers in their 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.

Suitable For All Abilities

Course outline

  • Introduction to Flower bulbs

    Our first lesson looks at the appeal and versatility of flower bulbs.

    We'll learn how bulbs can be used to add colour and fragrance, when to buy spring flowering bulbs, how to plant bulbs (including depth), and how to re-use last years bulbs.

    Find out how to store them prior to planting and how to choose bulbs for a specific purpose or situation.

  • Growing bulbs in pots and containers indoors and out

    Discover the secrets of success of growing prepared hyacinths and other flower bulbs for decoration indoors.

    You'll find out how to grow Narcissus ‘Paperwhite’ without soil, which other bulbs succeed indoors?

    Learn how to plant flower bulbs and tulips in pots on the patio, including using layers to extend your bulb flowering season.

    We'll investigate which soil to use, how to care for bulbs in pots and how to combine bulbs and bedding plants for stunning results.

  • Adding colour to beds and borders by planting flower bulbs

    In this lesson we'll learn how plant tulip and other flower bulbs to survive from year to year in the open ground.

    We'll look at planting daffodils and narcissi in beds and borders and planting alliums with silver foliage plants, geraniums and other perennials.

    We'll explore the best way to create exciting colour combinations by adding a few flower bulbs.

  • Naturalising flowerbulbs

    In the final lesson we'll look at planting daffodils and narcissi in grass, and investigate other bulbs for naturalising in grass and meadows.

    We'll discover how planting flower bulbs to add colour under trees or in shaded areas. And we'll look at which dwarf bulbs to plant in gravel and scree.

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    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors
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    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments
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    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors

    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors
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    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

Meet Andy McIndoe

Andy McIndoe - Gardening

We are absolutely delighted that Andy McIndoe has won a record breaking 70th consecutive Gold at The Chelsea Flower Show for Hilliers. It’s a fantastic achievement!

Franky Kentish, The Telegraph
Andy McIndoe is our Chief Blogger, and teaches five courses on the site. Andy has over thirty years experience as a practical horticulturist and consultant. He has designed and advised on gardens of all sizes and was responsible for the Hillier Gold Medal winning exhibit at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower for 25 years.
A regular contributor to magazines, newspapers and BBC Radio, Andy lectures widely at home and abroad. Special interests include hardy shrubs, trees, herbaceous perennials, flower bulbs, wildlife and garden design; he has authored books on all of these subjects.
A keen gardener Andy and his wife Ros have a two acre garden in Hampshire, U.K. that is open to groups by appointment. Started from scratch fifteen years ago, the garden is naturalistic in style, with an extensive wildflower meadow and informal planting. The emphasis is on foliage to provide colour and texture.

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