Bulbs bought at Malvern's market

The 2018 show saw the arrival of Malvern Autumn’s new Bulb Market

Bulbs for sale
Bulbs took centre stage at the 2018 Malvern Autumn Show, with the arrival of a new Bulb Market.

Featuring Petrichor Bulb Specialists, Garthwaite Nurseries, Hillyards of Oundle and Rose Cottage Plants, the Bulb Market was the perfect pit stop for planning planting in the garden. Visitors could buy a range of bulbs from tulips and alliums to daffodils and dahlias – perfect for adding a pop of colour to spring planting.

Joining in the fun at the show was celebrated florist, Jonathan Moseley. He headed to the Bulb Market in between promoting British seasonal flowers at his Autumn Floral Fiesta. Jonathan and a team of the country’s top florists and growers presented demonstrations and workshops in the Flower Talk Theatre at the 2018 show.

Here, Jonathan has taken inspiration from the Bulb Market and rounded up the best bulbs to buy and plant in autumn.

Allium schubertii

Allium schubertii
Dramatic and bold, the blooms of Allium schubertii (which can be up to 30cm across in size), create a firework-like effect, with seed heads that are equally as spectacular. 

Fritillaria meleagris 

Fritilaria meleagris
The painted marbled heads of Fritillaria meleagris are beautifully romantic and make a fabulous cut flower. These delightful plants are perfect for naturalising in a moist woodland edge or wildflower garden.

Narcissus ‘Hawera’

Narcissus hawera
The sweetly scented miniature Narcissus flowers late in spring and emits a wonderfully sweet succulent fragrance. Each bulb produces several stems that are topped with up to five nodding flowers. 

Tulipa tarda

Tulipa tardaAs these tulip species burst their petals open, it’s like an explosion of sunshine when they reveal their original and unadulterated charm. Tulipa tarda is one of the few tulip species that doesn't need to be lifted each year and will spread to form good-sized clumps.

Eranthis hyemalis 

Eranthis hyemalisA must for any garden as the buttercup yellow blooms of Eranthis hyemalis are often the first to flower during the depths of winter. Expect to see carpets of bright yellow flowers in late January and February surrounded by ruffs of fresh green leaves. 

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