Spruce up your garden or porch with bulb lasagna. Learn more about how to create layers of bulbs to keep brightly colored flowers blooming all season long.
When we talk about Bulb Lasagna (or Lasagne), we’re talking about layering bulbs, just like the Italian dish. Plant bulbs in a garden or in a pot by layering different types of bulbs. Planned correctly, you will enjoy “perpetual color" with early, mid and late blooming bulbs, providing three waves of blooms, colors and textures. Here are some tips for planting the perfect bulb lasagna.
Early, Mid and Late Blooming Varieties
To get the perpetual blooming effect with your bulb lasagna, you’ll want to pick bulbs that bloom in early, mid, and late season. Consider the following bulbs for your bulb lasagna.
- Early Season: Crocus
- Mid-Season: Daffodils and Grape Hyacinths
- Late Season: Tulips
Bulb Lasagna Planting
To start your bulb lasagna, plant the largest bulbs approximately 8" deep, smaller bulbs 5" deep. Potting soil provides the layer (the sauce) under and over your bulbs. Then, follow the planting “recipe” below to finish your bulb lasagna.
- The Sauce: (potting soil) 2" - 3" deep. Sprinkle in a tablespoon of Natural Alternative® 5-5-5 All-Purpose Plant Food.
- 1st layer: Large bulbs (King Alfred) daffodil or allium. Place bulbs in tight so you'll have quite a color show. Or you can mix them up or in a pattern.
- The Sauce: Add 3" of potting soil above the first layer. Sprinkle in a tablespoon of Natural Alternative® 5-5-5 All-Purpose Plant Food.
- 2nd Layer: Tulips, Dutch Hyacinth or a jonquil narcissus. Leave about 1/4" between them.
- The Sauce: Cover with about 1" of soil. Sprinkle in a tablespoon of Natural Alternative® 5-5-5 All-Purpose Plant Food.
- 3rd Layer: Grape hyacinth and/or crocus. Leave some space between bulbs.
- The Sauce: Top off with five inches of potting soil, add some pansies or other colorful cool weather annuals.
- The Cheese: Top dress with mulch, water regularly and pray for spring.