At its best:
Mar, Apr, May
Add a layer of gravel to the bottom of a large container to provide drainage. Add multi-purpose or peat-free potting compost, filling the pot to 20cm below the rim.
Firm the compost down and place the tulip bulbs about 5-7cm apart, with their tips pointing up.
Cover with more compost, filling the pot to within 5cm of the rim. Firm it down between the bulbs as you go.
Water thoroughly to soak the compost. Stand the container in a sheltered position over autumn and winter, ensuring the compost stays moist but does not freeze during cold spells. Move the container into the sun in spring to enjoy flowers during April and May.