We all do it every spring … we starve after a gorgeous spring bulb garden, full of brilliant colors after a long gray winter … And every year we say, “Next spring I’m going to have a garden like that!” Well this is your year, due to the fact that not just is TGG going to give you a simple to understand primer, we are going to reveal you exactly how to choose, buy and create with them this fall so that next spring your yard will be the envy of the block! The tutorial begins with preparing your design, then leads you right through to how to plant and then care for your bulbs.
PLANNING YOUR SPRING BULB GARDEN.
Unless you are planning to plant hundreds of bulbs completely public garden design (not recommended for the typical gardener!) planning a spring bulb garden isn’t complicated. Here are a couple of guidelines to remember.
Pick just 2 or three kinds of bulbs to utilize in your backyard. Using just a few of every beautiful bulb out there will simply leave your garden looking chaotic and lost, without the impact you are trying to find. Utilize the exact same bulb in groups and drifts for the best design method.
Pick bulbs that bloom at the exact same time. Most bulbs flower for simply a few brief weeks every spring, and to get the very best result, pick ones that bloom together. Bulbs are categorized into early season, mid season and late season bloomers. If you desire the most outstanding spring bulb garden program, plan your bulb garden to either all bloom at once, or to have a number of various shows in each category.
For instance, you could pick a mid season tulip, daffodil and grape hyacinth and produce a one time program with bigger groups of those three bulbs. Or, you could create smaller shows of each an early season group, mid season group, and late season group so that something is constantly in flower. There is no ideal response, simply depends upon just how much time and planning you wish to put into you bulb garden.
Here is an example of our favorite pairing of tulips with grape hyacinths. (Muscari). The grape hyacinths form a nice mat of grass like ground cover beneath the tulips, and triggered pink, red, yellow or white! Grape hyacinths are small bulbs that are easy to plant en masse, as they only require to be planted an inch deep or so.
These blue hyacinths placed on an aromatic show of their own! (Not to be confused with grape hyacinths, above!).
Plan conceal. After bulbs complete flowering, their plant withers, however you can’t cut them back yet if you plan on them returning the following year. Plant a ground cover or stretching perennials around and through your bulb garden so that as the bulbs finish, they and other plants will be naturally growing over the stalks to cover and hide them.
Choose a color pattern for you bulb garden. Want gentle, sweet pastels, or intense and vibrant colors? Complementary colors grown together, such as red and blue, or yellow and blue are always reveal stoppers. A bulb garden looks best though when the color pattern corresponds.
HOW TO PICK BULBS.
Don’t purchase discount rate bulbs for your spring bulb garden. Quality and health of your bulbs will make all the difference in both display screen, and their ability to return and multiply every year. Here’s how to choose healthy bulbs.
Purchase from a trusted online source. Some that we use and depend on? Longfield Gardens, Brent and Becky’s, Dutch Bulbs, White Flower Farm.
Another reliable option is your regional plant nursery– not your regional house improvement shop. If you desire little flowers and a wimpy screen, then you proceed and buy those bulk bags at Walmart.
Choose bulbs that are smooth and free of defects.
Purchase “top grade” bulbs. This refers to their size, and yes, size matters. If they aren’t marked leading grade, they aren’t top grade!
HOW TO PLANT BULBS.
Planting your bulbs in the fall is easy, but can be a bit backbreaking if you are doing a large number. Utilize these ideas to make every aching muscle worth it come spring!
Limit the back issues by investing in a bulb planter if you are going to be doing more then a small number. This gives you a lot more leverage than utilizing a trowel. If you are planting less than 20 bulbs, a trowel ought to handle the job.
Know how deep to plant your bulbs. A good general rule is to plant the bulb as deep as two to three times the height of the bulb. Planting your bulbs too deep results in lack of bloom or decaying bulbs. Planting them too shallow and they will tumble over in the very first strong breeze and the bulbs themselves might dry. Here is a chart on how deep to plant popular bulbs from ‘Right in your home’.
Plant your bulbs with a handful of bone meal for great root growth.
Water in well, then wait on fall rains to take over up until spring!
Lastly, wait until mid– late fall to plant your bulbs, however before the ground freezes. If you reside in an area with cold winters, discover from your regional nursery if they have a suggestion for a various planting depth or time for your particular bulbs for your location– it can vary due to temperatures.
You can have that gorgeous spring bulb garden if you plan now, so take our advice, and start going shopping now prior to the best bulbs are sold out! If you enjoyed this post, then discover a simple show-stopping bulb you can plant, amazing Alliums! Or, discover growing daffodils or how to require bulbs for holiday presents.