Tulips at Dyrham Park

Tulip and hyacinth planting at Dyrham Park

Each winter, the garden team at Dyrham Park plants a whopping 14,000 tulip bulbs ready for a spring bloom.

Each December, the garden team undertakes the mammoth two-week task of planting more than fourteen thousand spring bulbs.

The planting comprises thousands of colourful tulips and blue and white hyacinths which should then bloom in the spring - rearing their heads in March and visible until May.

New planting scheme

In previous years, the tulips have been planted in the borders around the pools but will this year feature in the new long borders in front of the house.

Another new addition is the planting of more than a hundred flamed Rembrandt Tulips which provide a nod to the seventeenth century. A number of varieties have been included in the spring planting scheme for the garden for the first time including Tulip Abba and Hyacinth Delft Blue.

Sarah Jones, Senior Gardner, says: “Every year our hyacinths and tulips offer a beautiful burst of spring colour to the garden. This coming year the displays normally seen around the pool borders will instead be centred on the Avenue and dotted throughout the Orchard.

'A sea of spectacular colour'

"We’re expecting a sea of spectacular spring colour leading up to the house. We have also tried to give a nod to the seventeenth century with a display of flamed tulips in keeping with the time in the West Terrace."

Inspired by the 17th-century Johannes Kip engraving, Dyrham Park gardeners are working on an ongoing project to transform the garden into a vibrant 21st-century garden with echoes of the past. The garden project also draws on modern day examples from sites such as the gardens at Versailles in France and at Het Loo in the Netherlands.

More information on our garden project here.