Spring A-Z

Zodiac colours

Zodiac colours Colours are matching your zodiac sign, according to German-born astrologer, Ruth Zucker. A fun test to do with your relatives and friends.


Yokohama Yokohama is a well-known, early-flowering tulip, the colour of which is yellow. It is highly suitable for planting in an evergreen creeper such as ivy


Xit Xit is the name of the small-cupped narcissus. It is a sort which also can be placed in borders between perennials such as Brunnera or Geranium.

Wonderfully lush

Wonderfully lush The smaller bulbous plants such as anemones and grape hyacinths are wonderfully lush in the early spring, and Oxalis a little later in the season. In order to achieve this luxuriant effect the bulbs must be planted in the correct manner: scatter them on the ground and plant them where they fall.

Viridiflora tulips

Viridiflora tulips Viridiflora tulips are unusual because of the green flame on the outside of the flower, for example on this late-flowering 'Groenland'.


Unusual Spring-blooming bulbous plants are those such as tulip and grape hyacinth, which are planted in the autumn and flower in the early spring. These are unlike the summer-flowering bulbous plants, such as this Oxalis or wood sorrel, which must be planted when the spring-blooming flowers are over, and which flower from July till late in the autumn. We can enjoy bulbs in the garden the whole year round if we plant spring- and autumn-flowering types.


Tulip The tulip is the national symbol of the Netherlands with which the country has become famous, particularly abroad. The assortment of tulips that is available at the moment is enormous, and still growing. That the tulip can be used as pot plant is not that well known. They can be planted in pots at home, but if you do not want to try this so-called "home forcing", you can also buy "prepared" bulbs in pots. Tulips in pots don't last as long as those outside, but they do last longer than those in the vase.


Snowdrop Snowdrops are the first harbingers of spring in the garden. If the winter is mild, they will sometimes flower as early as January. The tiny flowers are only noticeable if they are planted in a rather larger group, and preferably against a dark background such as ivy.

Rough effects

Rough effects Rough effects can be achieved by, for example, planting large-stemed tulips in close groups. They produce surprising results if placed in between perennials or ferns. We can achieve very unusual results in the spring even in places where little will grow. Once the plant gets it's leaf, it will cover the dying tulip leaves.

Queen of the Night

Queen of the Night 'Queen of the Night' is the name of the darkest tulip which exists. It is sold as a "black" tulip, but if examined carefully, it becomes apparent that it is actually dark purple.Compare wiht Tulipa 'Black Hero' and Tulipa 'Black Parrot'.

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