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Light up your garden with bulbs

Plan ahead for a stunning springtime display
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Spring flowering bulbs are indispensable as an economical way to boost your borders at a time of year that is otherwise still slowly waking from hibernation. What’s more, with a bit of forethought, you can ensure you have something of interest from the beginning of March right through to the end of May using bulbs alone.

Although it may seem a bit premature, autumn is the prime time to plan and plant what you want to enjoy in spring. And, while the thought of heading out into the garden on a chilly day with a bag of bulbs may not sound that enticing, the short time you spend digging and planting will reward you many times over and will demand little more effort from you once the initial work is completed.

Snake’s head fritillary are perfectly at home in a sea of grass
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What to plant

Spring flowering bulbs, also known as autumn planted bulbs, include a vast number of species, with something to see you through from the tail end of winter until the beginning of summer. There’s even a bulb to suit every situation, from a shady corner to a border that basks in the sun.

There are few sights more enchanting than a carpet of bluebells in dappled shade come spring

⚫ For early colour bluebells are ideal and will light up any patch that replicates its natural woodland setting, so if you have a very shaded corner in which little else survives, these will thrive here. They’ll happily spread and reward you with an impressive display year on year. Whether buying as bulbs or planting in the green, opt for English bluebells from a reputable source to prevent the spread of Spanish bluebells in the wild.

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About Your Home Magazine

We love nothing better than a nice brew in the Your Home office, so you can imagine how excited we were testing out the latest tea and coffee machines for this issue. Whether your favourite is a cappuccino, a double espresso or a good old Earl Grey, we’ve found the best machines for the job so you can enjoy coffee shop quality in your own home (p.52). September is the time of year when the weather starts to change and we begin to spend more time indoors once more. So in this issue we’ve put together a round-up of the latest interior trends on the high street to make your home look its cosy best over the coming months (p.36). For even more inspiration, turn to page 20 to discover our pick of the latest accessories and homewares to give your rooms an elegant on-trend oriental look. And, as always, we’ve got plenty of inspiring makeovers – this month we’ve got three stunning living rooms (p.24), and beautiful reader homes (p.73) to give you plenty of affordable ideas to recreate in your own home. Your garden may be looking a little jaded now autumn is creeping in, but this is the perfect time to plan ahead to ensure it’s bursting with colour in the spring. On page 114 you’ll find all you need to know about which bulbs to plant for a riot of spring colour next year, as well as some unusual varieties to try too. Last, but not least, do check out our quick and easy supper recipes (p.100), the fish finger pie is my new guilty pleasure!