Make the most of your
spring bulb display by using some of these planting tips.
Make your bulbs look
like they just popped up by planting them in random clusters instead of in
orderly rows. As a rule of thumb, plant larger bulbs, such as tulips or
daffodils in groups of five to 15 bulbs. Smaller bulbs, such grape hyacinth or
crocus stand out best in groups of 15 to 25.
Plan your color
combination’s to make the most of your display. Combine two-tone colored tulips
with solid colored varieties. For instance, ‘Palace Purple” coralbells
look striking up against the burgundy ‘Uncle Tom” tulip. Pair up white
daffodils (also referred to as the orchid narcissus), with pink or rose colored
‘Christmas Marvel’ tulips.
Don’t ignore shady
areas of the garden. Brighten them up with paperwhite narcissus combined with
‘Spring Green’ tulips. Intermingle some low growing vinca among your bulbs. Or,
use a combination of pastel colored tulips with small forget-me-nots.
Plant a background
border using white bleeding hearts and plant red and white tulips in the
Create a spring
container or basket filled with pink glory-of-the-snow mixed with pansies. If
you used a basket, line it first with plastic inserted with drainage holes.
Take a large pot and fill with tulips, pansies and toadflax in varying shades
of pink and white. Use the same color combination in other areas of the garden
to create a flow.
When you combine your
colors, use different types of tulips with similar colors. That way you
maintain the same theme throughout varying blooming times.
Hostas make great
fillers among spring bulbs. For a colorful display, use purple ‘Barcelona’
tulips combined with ‘Spring Green’ tulips, yellow daffodils, purple hyacinths,
Create a flow of color
using two-tone pink and white tulips combined with solid purple varieties. When
planting against rock or solid colored border, limit your color scheme to two
or three colors so as not to take away from your background.
You’ve heard of
wildflower meadows, now try planting a bulb meadow. Simply intersperse spring
and summer flowering bulbs in amongst your wildflowers and watch them bloom
year after year.
Plant a window box
with bright daffodils and small pansies in coordinating shades. Change it up
for the seasons to have a continuous floral display. Fill a number of
terracotta pots with brightly colored spring bulbs and group at varying heights
for a striking presentation.
Give darker blooms
added punch by planting them in front of a light background.
There are no hard fast
deer and rabbit resistant bulbs, but these varieties seem to attract them the
least: daffodils, crown imperial, siberian squill, allium, fritillaria, grape
hyacinth, bluebells, dog-tooth violet, checkered lily, glory-of-the-snow,
winter aconite, and snowdrop.
For a lawn display,
plant crocuses throughout your yard and watch the the pretty colored blooms
poke through the snow in early spring. Once the blooms are finished and the
leaves die off, simply mow when you cut your lawn.… READ MORE ...