Select a site near the edge of your lawn or under a tree, bearing in mind that the grass must be left uncut until the bulb foliage dies back in May or June. Also, make sure you choose bulbs that suit your conditions. Crocuses and scillas do well in the open; snowdrops, cyclamen and narcissi are good under trees; and snake’s head fritillaries thrive in moist soil. Camassias, being tall, can overshadow other blooms, so are best kept on their own. Dwarf irises and the smaller species tulips need full sun and good drainage, so are better grown in gravel.
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