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Gardening tips: plant bulbs now for spring

‘Pink Tanna.’

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Dutch plantsman Piet Oudolf has popularised burnet, AKA sanguisorba, for its long-lasting drifts of tiny bottlebrush blooms held on wiry stems above feathery foliage. Try deep maroon ‘Red Thunder’, or cerise-flowered ‘Pink Tanna’.

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It’s not too early to be thinking about spring: a few pounds spent on bulbs now (I love the early, large purple-flowered crocus ‘Ruby Giant’) will liven up your lawn no end come February. Make it look natural by chucking a handful of bulbs down and plant where they fall, around 10cm deep, from now until the end of the month.