Posted: 11/09/2016 at 15:40
Ren, you certianly need to drill some holes in the bottom of the whisky barrel if using it as a planter. Eight to ten 10mm diameter holes would be enough. Alternatively, it would make a pretty nice mini-water garden as it does hold water and you could (say) plant (just one) miniature water lily in it for instance.
As far as bulbs go, I always use minaiture varieties of narcissi in pots as the standard types usually flop and look horrible as they are finishing. I also only use 3 different types of bulbs when layering - tulips at the lowest layer then narcissi and crocus for instance. There are some beautiful varieties of crocus if you look around although many of the more unusual varieties don't last for me. To be perfectly honest, I treat all bulbs in containers as annuals as tulips and many crocus don't come back well. When I empty them, everything goes into the borders and what survives, survives, everything else turns into natural compost!
Last edited: 11 September 2016 15:41:40