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Bulbs: For Pots & Borders

Taught by Andy McIndoe

Planting Autumn bulbs is all about the anticipation of Spring

Course Description

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Late summer through to early winter is the time we should all start thinking about our bulbs for Spring.  This  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 outline

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Choose how you want to learn

  • The Expert option


    Develop your learning further with marked assignments and personal tuition from Andy McIndoe

    • Start course whenever you like
    • 4 weeks tutor access for personalised assignment feedback & coaching
    • 4 assignments marked by Andy McIndoe
    • Certificate of completion from Andy McIndoe
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 4 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • Group chat & direct message with tutor & classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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  • The Peer option

    Discover the benefits of group learning in an online interactive classroom of no more than 20 people. Get the most from shared knowledge and community study

    • Start course whenever you like
    • Practise what you learn with your peers
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 4 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • 4 course assignments
    • Group chat & direct message classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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About Andy McIndoe

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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