Every garden should have bulbs planted throughout it. Why, you might ask? That’s easy – every year when they pop up and bloom it is like a little surprise present. You might not see bulbs blooming all year long, but when they make their appearance, it will definitely make you smile. Planting bulbs is quite easy and quick to do. Here are five bulbs to plant in your garden that are absolutely amazing.
Hyacinths – One of the sweetest scents and awesome arrays of blooms comes on the little Hyacinth bulb. Plant hyacinths in well-draining soil in the fall and they will bloom by mid-Spring. A deep purple Hyacinth is the most common but there are also a few new hybrid true-blue colors on the market that are worth looking at. Hyacinths are known to have the sweetest scent of all the spring bulbs and should definitely be in your bulb garden.
Tulips – Definitely one of the hardest bulbs to grow are tulips. If you live in a cool weather area then you should have no problem growing tulips. Everywhere else these bulbs can be a bit temperamental. They need 10-12 weeks of really cold weather to bloom in the spring. They often pop up underneath a blanket of snow to let you know spring is on its way. There are early, mid, and late season bulbs (and some tulips are prettier than others) so you can have tulips blooming for months at a time. Once the weather warms up, the tulips will die back and start to save energy for next year’s show.
Daffodils – Daffodils signify spring and happiness. They have a unique shape that brings smiles whenever they are shared. They come in white, yellow, and orange and each flower has a unique combination of the three colors. They bloom quite easily and multiply very well so you can share some with your neighbors every season.
Iris – Planting Iris bulbs in your garden should be a must. From the traditional purple iris to the large Bearded Iris, this bulb is a showstopper. One bulb can put up quite a few blooms each growing season. Each flower can bloom for up to four weeks.
Allium – For a huge ball of awesomeness, plant alliums. Cousin to the garlic plant (some stems and leaves have a garlic taste), this is one of the largest blooms in your garden. Alliums come in many different colors and are excellent for a bulb or perennial garden.
What bulbs will you be planting this Fall?