Planning a Long Blooming Bulb Garden
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Posted on September 18, 2017

Planning a Long Blooming Bulb Garden

This fall as you are tidying up the landscape, you may find yourself dreaming of the sweet fragrance and brightly colored blooms of spring. There is no time for dreaming…now is the time to get started and turn that dream into a reality! A spring bulb garden is one of the easiest gardens there is to grow and nothing signals the end of the winter season like the first crocuses poking their heads up through the melting snow.

Planting bulbs is a reasonably simple task. The challenge is selecting the right bulbs to guarantee a long season of blooms. Using the list of bloom cycles below as a reference, plan your spring bulb garden. Start by choosing different bulbs from each category to ensure something will always be flowering.

Consider the location of where you will plant your spring bulb garden. Bulbs need a well-drained location where they will not sit in pools of water from the melting snow and spring rains. The amount of sun the plants will receive is another factor to consider, however most bulbs, except for late bloomers, will flower before the trees and shrubs are in leaf.

To make sure you’ll enjoy flowers all through the spring, select an assortment of bulbs with different blooming periods.

Glory of the SnowCrocus speciesTulipa hybrids, Mid-season TulipAllium species, Ornamental Onion

Glory of the Snow
Chionodoxa forbesii,

Crocus hybrids
Tulipa hybrids
Ornamental Onion
Allium hybrids
Scilla siberica, Siberian SquillTulipa hybrids, Dwarf early blooming tulipsHyacinthus orientalis, HyacinthIris pumila, Dwarf Iris
Siberian Squill
Scilla siberica
Dwarf Tulip
Tulipa hybrids
Hyacinthus orientalis
Late Dwarf Iris
Iris pumila
Iris reticulata, Dwarf irisNarcissus hybrids, Early dwarf daffodilMuscari armeniacum, Grape HyacinthNarcissus hybrids, Late blooming Daffodil
Dwarf Iris
Iris reticulata
Early Daffodil
Narcissus hybrids
Grape Hyacinth
Muscari armeniacum
Late blooming Daffodil
Narcissus hybrids

Select a beautiful fall afternoon and devote a few hours to planting. Once you have planted the bulbs, leave them to sleep all winter long. With the warm temperatures of spring, the bulbs awaken and emerge from the earth to form buds and begin to bloom. With very little effort and some thoughtful planning, you can enjoy a progression of blooms that begin in early spring and extend right into the glorious, first days of summer.

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Pro-Tip: After blooming

Remove the spent flowers, but leave the foliage to absorb sunlight and nutrients that the bulbs will store for next year’s blooms!

Flower bulbs ready to plant

Late-season varieties of iris, tulips, and daffodils

Be sure to include late-blooming varieties in your plan. They offer the perfect transition from the soft shades of spring to the rich colors of summer.

Dutch Iris, Daffodils, Tulips

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