Bulbs for cut flowers - Tulip 'Chato'

10 bulbs for spring cut flowers

Discover 10 bulbs that make excellent cut flowers in spring, from hyacinths to tulips.

Bulbs make excellent cut flowers, and a couple of hours spent planting in autumn will result in several months' worth of blooms for cutting come spring.

Discover cut flowers for every season.

The three best spring bulbs for cutting are hyacinthsdaffodils and tulips. You can incorporate them into your borders, grow them in pots, or grow them in a dedicated cutting bed.

All of the bulbs recommended below can be grown in a cutting patch that is just 1m square. Divide the bed into 25cm squares using string, and plant different varieties in each one: four hyacinth bulbs in one square, nine tulip bulbs in another and up to 12 narcissus bulbs in another, and so on.

Here are 10 of the loveliest bulbs to grow.

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Narcissus 'Rip Van Winkle'

Narcissus 'Rip Van Winkle' is a dwarf daffodil with highly cut tissue-paper petals. It looks lovely in a small jar or glass.

Flowers: February to March

Narcissus 'Elka'

Narcissus 'Elka' is a classic trumpet-flowered daffodil in pure cream, and lightly scented.

Flowers: Late February to early April

Hyacinth 'Spring Field'

An amazing indigo-blue hyacinth with a rich scent. Display singly or in bunches.

Flowers: March to April

Hyacinth 'Woodstock'

Delicately scented, the deep magenta-pink Hyacinthus orientalis 'Woodstock' positively glows on dull days.

Flowers: March to April

Narcissus 'Cheerfulness'

A late-flowering double daffodil with highly fragrant blooms, in clusters of three or four.

Flowers: March to April

Tulipa 'Orange Emperor'

'Orange Emperor' is an early tulip with deep orange flowers, tinged with green and lightly scented.

Flowers: March to April

Tulipa 'Antraciet'

Emerging from deep red buds, the large double flowers of this tulip are velvety plum-pink.

Flowers: April to May

Tulipa 'Chato'

A stunning, bright pink frilly double tulip with satiny, peony-like flowers. 

Flowers: Late April to May

Tulipa 'Temple's Favourite'

A tall, elegant tulip with rosy-orange petals splashed with yellow at the base.

Flowers: Late April to May

Tulipa 'Black Hero'

'Black Hero' has rich, maroon-black double flowers that open into frilly bowls. 

Flowers: May 

A couple of hours spent planting in autumn will result in several months' worth of blooms for cutting.

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How to plant

Plant bulbs at at least three times their depth. If your soil is heavy clay, add some horticultural grit at the base of the planting hole - this will help prevent the bulbs rotting in very wet weather.

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