Fall Flower Bulbs
Pre-packaged by nature, flower bulbs are ready-to-plant wonders that produce color, texture and beauty in your garden. From the stately tulip to the playful daffodil, the delicate beauty of spring’s first blooming crocus to the lovely flowers and fragrance of hyacinths, the first appearance of fall planted flower bulbs announce that winter is ending and spring is on the way. Plant in autumn in well-drained soil, water well, and sit back and wait for the show. Bulbs are easy-to-plant, easy-to-grow and come in a wide range of colors and shapes. Plant them for cut flowers, for their fragrance or just for fun; no matter the reason you will never be disappointed.
Spring Flower Bulbs
Spring planted flower bulbs will continue your garden into summer and in many cases well into fall. Plant dahlias for their huge flowers and long bloom time, gladiolus for their beauty in the garden and in your home in cut flower arrangements, or add a touch of the tropics with cannas, caladiums and elephant ears. Who can pass up lilies? Plant oriental lilies for the incredible fragrance and blooms and asiatic for their shape and color range. You can’t miss with any of these beauties and with our extensive selection there is something for everyone and every garden.
Creating Natural Plantings
Naturalized plantings should mimic nature and blend in with the existing landscape. For best results, plant in large areas with the majority of the bulbs in the center of the selected site and then slowly thinning out as you get to the edges. Be sure to pick an area that will not be mowed or cut after the bulbs are finished blooming and the foliage has yellowed. The ripening foliage feeds the bulb so it can store energy and nutrients for the next bloom season. Adding a slow-release fertilizer each fall will also help ensure the bulbs return year after year. Daffodils, grape hyacinths, crocus and allium are just a few of the spring flowering bulbs that naturalize beautifully.
Formal Garden Beds
Formal garden beds are an excellent way to improve the curb appeal of your home. Tulips and hyacinths are perfect choices for this type of garden. Tulips, with their elegant blooms, planted with boldly colored, highly fragrant hyacinths add color and texture to your garden.
Bulbs in Containers
Planting bulbs in containers is another way to use spring and summer blooming bulbs. Container gardening is the perfect solution for yards with too much shade, poor soil or not enough space. In general, use the largest container possible because the more soil there is, the more root space there will be and the more water your container will hold. This is important because it means your plants do not need to be watered as often. Plant spring blooming bulbs in containers in fall (at the same time you plant bulbs in the ground), and follow these instructions:
- Use a container with drainage holes and partially fill it with potting soil. Plant the bulbs at the depth suggested on the package. Add soil within 1 inch of the top of the container. Fertilizer is not necessary as the bulbs contain all the food they need for now.
- Thoroughly soak the entire pot with water. Place the container in a dark, cool place (below 50°F/10°C and above 32°F/0°C) until early spring. Keep soil moist during this time.
- Move the container to desired location in early spring.
Summer bulbs such as dahlias, begonias, lilies, callas and caladiums are excellent planted in containers. Summer bulbs thrive in warm weather and provide a great range of choices in terms of color and form. Plant summer bulbs in outdoor containers after the last chance of frost has passed.
Flower bulbs can provide beauty for many months. As you select spring and summer blooming bulbs, make note of their bloom time in order to extend your garden beauty. Tulips and daffodils have varieties that bloom early, mid or late spring. Mix your tulip and daffodil selections with early blooming crocus and mid-season blooming hyacinths, and add specialty bulbs to accent and extend your bloom time in the garden. Extend your spring garden into summer by inter-planting dahlias, lilies and gladiolus in spring. Dahlias will bloom until the first frost and lilies and gladiolus will add color all summer. Add some caladiums in partly shaded areas for incredible foliage color in summer. Your choices are limitless!