As autumn sets in, you can prepare for a vibrant burst of color in your spring garden with the beauty of flowering bulbs. Daffodils, Tulips, Crocus, and Hyacinth usher in sunny days and warmer temperatures following a long, chilly winter.
Whether you’re creating a formal, dense garden landscape or introducing a splash of color to naturalized areas, the time is ripe for planting. Fall is the perfect season to start because it provides these bulbs with the necessary cooling-off period to produce magnificent blooms come spring. You can even plant them right up until the ground freezes.
Quick Tip: Plant your spring bulbs promptly after purchase to prevent softening or molding during winter storage.
To ensure a spectacular spring display, pay attention to bloom color, height, and timing. Contrary to common belief, not all spring bulbs bloom simultaneously. They unfurl their blossoms at various times, from early to late spring, depending on the variety. This diversity allows you to enjoy a cascade of colors with minimal effort.
Consider how these spring beauties will enhance your garden. Scattering individual bulbs throughout your landscape will create delightful bursts of color. Conversely, planting clusters of 12 or more bulbs together can intensify the color palette of your garden.
Quick Tip: Plant spring bulbs to a depth at least three times the height of the bulb.
When planting your bulbs, make sure to prepare the soil by incorporating compost, organic matter, or high-quality garden soil into the area. Proper planting depth is crucial, as bulbs that are too deep or too shallow may struggle to bloom and may be exposed to late winter chill. As a general guideline, a bulb should be buried to a depth at least three times its height. Here’s a quick reference:
- Crocus: Plant 2 to 4 inches deep
- Hyacinth: Plant 4 to 6 inches deep
- Daffodil: Plant 8 inches deep
- Tulips: Plant 4 to 6 inches deep, 4 to 6 inches apart
Remember to apply bulb fertilizer during planting, and ensure consistent watering until the ground freezes.