Planting bulbs in a lawn

How to plant bulbs in lawns

Create a naturalistic effect by planting bulbs like daffodils and fritillaries in your lawn.

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Bulbs look best when they grow naturally – or at least when they look like they do. Spring bulbs look particularly impressive when planted informally in lawns. Many varieties of daffodil and crocus are perfect for growing under turf, and will multiply over the years to produce even bolder displays.

For the greatest impact, use a single variety, planted in large drifts.

In damp areas, try planting snake’s head fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris), an early flowering bulb that looks stunning when naturalised in grass.

Spring bulbs look particularly impressive when planted informally in lawns.

You will need

  • Bulbs or corms, such as daffodils or crocus
  • Bulb planter

Total time:

Step 1

Rather than planting in straight lines or small groups, throw your bulbs into the air and see where they fall. Then simply plant them where they land.


Step 2

Use the bulb planter to make a hole in the lawn. Push firmly, using the gauge on the side to ensure that it reaches a depth of 5cm.


Step 3

Pull the bulb planter out of the lawn and remove the piece of earth that comes up with it. Put this to one side as you will need to replace it after you have planted the bulb.


Step 4

Place one bulb in each hole, making sure the growing tip is pointing upwards.


Step 5

Replace the piece of turf and soil over the bulb. Make sure it is flush – use your foot to firm it in place if necessary.


Step 6

Water the area generously.