How to plant spring bulbs in light shade

Shady spots to fill? Monty Don demonstrates an easy way to do it by planting spring bulbs in autumn.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not To do in January

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Do not To do in November

Do not To do in December

September and October are prime planting season for spring bulbs, and there are many beautiful options to suit all kinds of growing conditions. If you have an area of light shade under deciduous trees, then dog’s-tooth violets (Erythronium) are a great choice. In this short clip from Gardeners’ World, Monty Don shows you how to plant the variety ‘White Beauty’, with tips on spacing and planting depth. Meanwhile, Monty’s dog Nigel keeps a close eye on proceedings.