I'm answering myself, not sure if this is a sign of insanity chatting to yourself on an online forum.
I had a look a bit more online for it, and they call this 'bulb lasagne', sounds delicious. They sell sets of bulbs in a few places, I found some really pretty ones on Crocus, and I think there was a discount code in the magazine so I'll need to check at home, there's one at the link below which is gorgeous (blues and plum coloured tulips), and Sarah Raven has some sets too.
Thanks Emma! We have a Lidl not too far away, sounds like it's worth a look especially at that price
Definitely well worth it, Jenny
I did this last year, worked brilliantly.
I did Chinodoxia, crocus, tulips (two varieties) daffodil and narcissi.
Assume you could also add Iris reticulata for early colour. Layered on bulb size I think
I frequently do this - deep pink tulips planted deep and then either muscari or chinodoxia above them, depending on when the tullips are due to flower, so that they both come out together
I did something similar, but planted for succession . . . crocuses in the top layer came out first, daffs and tulips in next layer down and alliums in the bottom (saw it in an article in The Times last year). It worked well, but I like your idea too. May have to get some more pots and see if I can manage your idea.
I did this last year but I think I was too ambitious and did too many layers in a big ceramic pot. The deepest tulips came up short and early and it looked messy most of the time as older foliage went over. I shall turf them all out into the garden this autumn and then just do two layers with new bulbs for next year.
I'm looking for help and inspiration with this idea please.
i have 3 tubs next to each other. All empty at the moment. I like the idea of bulbs for spring, fushias for late summer (hardy fushias so the tubs last and are not disturbed) I also have some lavender cuttings I could use...
but what can I plant now for...
1) between spring and late summer , and
2). For autumn? Maybe winter ?