Bulbs add a burst of color in the spring and they multiply and spread naturally, coming back year after year. Plan your plantings carefully for impactful curb appeal.
Bulbs prefer loose, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Plant them in big, irregular clusters for greater visual impact.
Choose Your Bulbs Wisely
The right bulbs can be the key to a spectacular spring garden. You can combine early, mid, and late bloomers to create a succession of colorful flowers that will extend your bloom season until May.
Choose bulbs that will grow in a variety of areas, like lawns, woodland gardens and rock beds. Crocus, snowdrops and scilla (Dennisia lutea) thrive in lawns while grape hyacinth and species tulips make fine choices for woodland environments.
When planting a large number of bulbs, plant them at the recommended depth and spacing, which is usually two to three times their height. Space small bulbs one to two inches apart and large bulbs three to five inches apart.
Prepare the Soil
Planting bulbs in spring is a fun and rewarding way to bring color to your garden. But before you get started, it’s important to know how to prepare the soil.
Bulbs do best in well-draining soil that receives full sun. Avoid areas where water pools, as this can cause them to rot.
If you’re planting in heavy or clay soil, amend it with compost and peat moss. This will help it retain moisture and improve the texture of the soil.
Ideally, you’ll also want to amend your soil pH to a neutral range between 5.5 and 7. If needed, lime can be added for good bud development.
Dig the Hole
Before the ground freezes over, you have a great window of opportunity to plant bulbs. They will establish roots in fall’s cool, moist soil and lie dormant over winter until the spring sun and rains prompt them to sprout.
Dig a hole to the proper depth for each bulb. This depends on its size, but a general rule is to plant large bulbs about six inches below the surface and small ones about three inches deep.
Place the Bulbs
Bulbs are a great way to add color and interest to your garden in spring. They are inexpensive, versatile and easy to grow.
They come in a wide variety of colors and bloom times, making them a great choice for extending your spring garden into summer. They also come in a wide range of sizes and shapes, making it possible to create interesting flower beds or even container gardens with bulbs.
To plant bulbs in spring, start by preparing the soil. If the soil is too wet or sandy, it’s a good idea to loosen and mix in organic material such as compost or peat moss. If it’s too dry, work in a balanced fertilizer.
Water is an essential nutrient for many plants. It supports their cells and helps with the chemical reactions that make life possible.
When you plant bulbs, make sure to water them right away. This helps settle the soil, close any air pockets and get the roots growing strong.
You should also add a bit of organic mulch to the ground to help control weeds and retain moisture. The compost will provide nutrients for the bulb as it grows.
Bulbs do not like to be wet and often suffer rot if the soil remains damp for long periods. Choose a site that gets plenty of sun and has good drainage.