The key to the contemporary look is simplicity. Restrict your colour palette to just one or two colours for stunning impact. Tulips and alliums, with their sculptural shapes, fit perfectly into this style. Plant in matching containers, or as bold blocks of colour in borders.
We recommend: Snow-white daffodil 'Thalia', which flowers in early spring, followed by white Tulip 'City of Vancouver', with a few deep purple-black Tulip 'Queen of the Night' dotted through the planting for contrast.
Choose harmonizing colours to create an atmosphere of calm and peace. As with contemporary gardens, keep it simple with just a few carefully chosen varieties. Scented flowers add an extra touch.
We recommend: Scented white daffodil 'Calgary' for flowers in late March, followed in April by purple Tulip 'Purple Dream' and pink Tulip 'Mistress' and then by Allium 'Purple Sensation'.
Wake up your senses after winter with startling reds, yellows and oranges. Plant in pots for bright splashes of colour, or in dazzling swathes through borders.
We recommend: A combination of Crocus 'Yellow Giant' and 'Ruby Giant' in early spring, followed by orange and yellow Narcissus 'Fortissimo', Tulip 'Ballerina' and Tulip 'Washington'.
Or something a bit different?
If you like your garden to look a little bit unusual, there are spring bulbs for you. Double daffodils that resemble carnations with their masses of petals, exotic-looking parrot tulips with fringed petals streaked with colour, and space-age alliums with their spherical flowerheads atop stark bare stems.