Fall blooming Mums at Blumen Gardens

Designing with Bulbs – 5 Easy Steps

It is the exact right time of the year to be planting bulbs.

Whether you are adding to your established bulb repertoire or  beginning anew, following these steps will make the process a breeze!

1.  SITE SELECTION — Determine where in the garden you want bulbs and why.  Look at photos from spring to determine where bulbs need to be increased.  For new bulb locations, think  about the most highly-trafficked areas of your gardens.  Do you want fragrant bulbs near the entrance, or early spring color to enjoy from your favorite window, or color by the mailbox?  Whether you like Allium, Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinth, Crocus or other very-early-blooming bulbs – there are bulbs for every spot in your garden.

2.  EVALUATE & PREPARE — There are two key considerations for bulbs:  What is the soil like?  How much sun will it receive?  Most bulbs prefer well drained soils and full sun.  However, there are bulbs for almost any spot.   You can amend the soil with peat or compost to improve drainage or add soil to raise the bed.  Tilling also loosens soil and removes unwanted weeds.  Some bulbs, particularly the smaller special bulbs (like species tulips), can be interplanted in grass or other situations.

3.  SELECT YOUR BULBS — Choose bulbs like you would produce.  Look for bulbs that are plump and firm.  Avoid bulbs that are damp or have soft spots.  Different bulbs bloom at different times, so look at the labels and select varieties that bloom during each of those periods (Early Spring, Mid-Spring, Late Spring)  At Blumen Gardens, we have premium-quality bulbs, purchased from a reputable company that only sells to Independent Garden Centers like us!

Planting Bulbs4.  PLANTING — You can plant bulbs anytime in the fall up until the ground freezes solid.  Bulbs should be planted at a depth of 3 times the bulb’s width.  To plant, use a trowel or specialized bulb planter to dig holes.  For the best effect, group the bulbs in odd numbers and plant in mass – not single rows.  For large plantings you may also remove a layer of soil from the bed, place the bulbs and then re-cover with soil to the necessary depth.  Water thoroughly after planting.

5.  ENJOY — In the spring, cut back foliage after the bulb plant begins to yellow and fade.  Fertilize in the fall with bulb booster.

OTHER TIPS:

  • Mix bulbs with perennials that will cover the foliage after the bulbs bloom.
  • Layer special bulbs such as crocus and species tulips under taller bulbs to extend the bloom and create great color combinations.
  • Experiment with bulbs in containers for early spring color.