Bulb varieties inspired by National Trust
This season’s summer flowering bulbs have been inspired by the gardens of the National Trust. This collection of late-summer-flowering bulbs are inspired by two beautiful National Trust gardens - Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire and Killerton House, Devon.
Through sales generated from the National Trust Collection by Blue Diamond, a minimum of 10% of the retail sales price per product will be given to the National Trust to help look after nature, beauty and history for everyone, forever.
Killerton is an 18th-century house in Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, England, which has been owned by the National Trust since 1944.
This season’s summer flowering bulbs have been inspired by the gardens of the National Trust, including Killerton. Late summer colour, bold architectural flowers and their foliage are the primary reason for our choice of these unusual varieties.
A particular favourite of the Head Gardener at Killerton are Agapanthus with their showy, long stems of multi-headed blooms in blues and whites which last well into late Autumn. Spent flowers will produce interesting seed heads contrasting well above the waxy, semi- evergreen foliage.
'The African Lily (Agapanthus) loves a warm sunny position, where it will provide an exotic display for late Summer into early Autumn. The sturdy upright flowers add important structure to our borders at Killerton and also make excellent cut flowers.' Karl Emeleus, Head Gardener, Killerton House and Gardens
Our favourite is Agapanthus Twister- aptly named for the blooms which are unusually bicoloured- white flowers with a twist of blue to the base of the flowers – a really charming variety.
Anglesey Abbey is a National Trust property in the village of Lode, 5 and a half miles (8.9 km) northeast of Cambridge, England. The property includes a country house, built on the remains of a priory, 98 acres (400,000 m2) of gardens and landscaped grounds, and a working mill. The property features a garden for every season including a winter garden, herbaceous border, rose and formal garden.
A particular favourite of the Senior Gardener at this property are Crocosmia, not least for their vivid orange and yellow blooms which are effortless to grow and bloom late into Autumn. Seed heads follow blooms with their bold upright foliage changing to rich, rustic browns during winter.
'We look forward to late Summer when the bright red spikes of Crocosmia 'Lucifer' push up and cover the dying foliage of Allium 'Purple Sensation'. Placing the blue tones towards the far end of a garden and hot reds close to the house, heightens the feeling of a distance and can make a smaller space feel much larger.' David Jordan, Senior Gardener, Anglesey Abbey
Our favourite is Crosomia Buttercups is an unusual clear yellow variety with compact growth, perfect for front of border. An autumn must have!
Ready to plant - Plant-O-Mats
Planting bulbs needn't be complicated. These cleverly designed recyclable cardboard trays are completely bio-degradable and are pre-filled with bulbs at the correct spacing. Simply pop the entire tray into a planting hole in the ground or in a container, such as a large pot, cover with peat free compost and water in.
Each tray is oval in shape and measures 37cm in diameter.
Choose from a plant a mat with hues of blue and lilac bulbs or if you prefer we have a Plant-O-Mat with hues of orange, yellow and red.