Ordering Information


We charge a 4% flat rate farming VAT which is included in all our prices. If you need a VAT invoice, please contact us (FRF Certificate DTR Reference Number 957 7620 77 000)

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

We keep your name, invoice and delivery address, phone numbers, email addresses and orders over the last three years. If you have not ordered with us for more than three years we remove you from our system and mailing list. We send out a yearly catalogue. We destroy all card details once the payment has been processed unless the payment was made online, which are managed by Worldpay or PayPal. We do not sell or share any of your details with any third parties.


We can guarantee that none of our bulbs has been taken from the wild. All bulbs are mature and of flowering size. Some bulbs and all the plants are sent freshly lifted and must not be allowed to dry out before planting, drying out is a common cause of failure in some species.

How to Order

You can place an order on our website, over the phone, or via letter and e-mail. We accept all major credit and debit cards. We also accept cheques made payable to Shipton Bulbs. You may notice there is no official order form. In our experience, these either get lost or are simply not big enough! Please feel free to write an order on any kind of paper. Please add a phone number as this will help when arranging delivery.

How to plant

It is hard to give planting instructions in a few lines for each species, so if you have any questions please do not hesitate to phone, write or e-mail. Generally speaking, bulbs should be planted in a hole two times the length of the bulb. Some do better a little deeper than this. Rhizomes or bulbils are planted up to 1″/2.5cm below the surface. Planting in the cultivated ground is always good as plants and bulbs have less competition when establishing but bulbs and some plants (such as Primroses) can be planted in the grass (which can protect bulbs against rodents). Please bear in mind that some bulbs may take a season to settle in, possibly appearing later than normal. Add plenty of organic material to the soil before planting.

Postage Prices

For UK orders we add £3.50 delivery for orders under £40. Free delivery for orders over £40. We can deliver anywhere in the EU, but please contact us before you place your order so we can quote you a postage price.


All our dry bulbs are packed in paper bags. Bulbs that are freshly lifted are packed in compost to keep them moist and put in plastic bags. All plants despatched are fully grown stock and are sent out bare rooted.

Despatch Times

Unless stated we send all items in the autumn (mid-August to the end of October) when the bulbs and rhizomes are dormant. We also send our plants in the autumn but also send them in the spring (March) along with certain items ‘in the green’ (see page 22 for bulbs ‘in the green’).


Please open the packets immediately. Plant as soon as possible on receipt. If you are unable to plant straight away then store bulbs in a cool, shaded place until planting and heel in plants in pots or open ground by covering the roots with compost or soil. Bulbs with an outer skin like daffodils, crocus and tulips have a good shelf life, but if storing bluebells, anemones or snowdrops, for example, for more than a week or 10 days they are better kept in sand or compost. Please remember that we aim to deliver plants in good condition. If not satisfied please let us know within 14 days of receipt. We cannot be held responsible for performance after safe delivery.


We also have certain items that we couldn’t fit in this catalogue so we have added them to our website only. Please see the website to view these items. You can also phone or e-mail us for a list if you prefer.

Award of Garden Merit (AGM)

We have indicated all the plants on our list that have the AGM, given to plants by the Royal Horticultural Society on various criteria, including outstanding excellence for garden decoration. The full list of criteria for the AGM is given in the RHS Plantfinder and on the RHS website (www.rhs.org.uk).