As early fall approaches I start thinking about spring bulbs. A bit early for me to start planting but a good time to think about what I want to grow for next season. The stores are now bringing in their spring bulb collections and like anything else the best selection always goes first. I like to buy my bulbs early so I can take advantage of all the selections that are brought in. Your mail order suppliers are also an excellent resource for bulbs for spring.
I love the tulips but have a serious deer problem so it is waste of my time and energy to grow them. Only a few right next to the house remain intact. Unfortunately many bulbs are tasty treats for deer and rodents so careful selection is necessary for your area. Be aware of what critters roam above and below your garden and choose bulbs suitable for your success. Hybridizers have come up with so many different varieties of bulbs in each group that selection should not pose a problem.
Each year I like to choose a few new varieties or cultivars of spring bulbs to plant. I find this makes spring in the garden much more interesting. A stable mature garden needs a little surprise now and again. Be mindful of zone hardiness, not all bulbs are hardy to harsh winters. I generally stick to hardy bulbs for my area as I am not fond of having to dig bulbs for winter storage. Planting spring bulbs is not difficult and well worth the effort come spring. I usually wish I had planted more!
Anemone blanda is a great dwarf variety for the rock garden in shades of blue, pink and white.
Anemone nemerosa likes a cool woodland setting.
Arum italicum grows to 10 inches tall with creamy-veined and marbled leaves. Red berries in late summer.
From dwarf to tall and shades of white, cream, yellow, peach and combinations.
The smallest of the bulbous iris. Only 4 inches high when flowering they are great for the rock garden.
From dwarf all the way to Crown Imperial at 5 feet tall. My favorites are the smaller varieties with their nodding checkered blooms.
Dog’s tooth violets have 2 broad leaves at ground level with a stem carrying several pendent bells.
Dwarf at 4 inches tall, best in well drained rich soil in part shade. Beautiful heart shaped leaves marked with silver and green patterns.
Dainty plants with short racemes of flowers with grey-green ferny leaves. White, pink, purple, red, yellow and striking blue.
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