By David Salman, High Country Gardens Chief Horticulturist
Many gardeners are under the impression that bulbs need to be planted into empty beds or other unplanted spaces. But this absolutely not the case. In fact, flowering bulbs are almost always found in their native habitats growing with native grasses and perennial plants.
Thus, bulbs are excellent companion plants that fit happily into existing flower beds of perennials and groundcovers. Not only will this create more natural-looking plantings, but the bulbs and perennials work well from a timing perspective: Spring-blooms will wake up the beds early in the gardening season, and the grasses and perennials will help to hide the bulb foliage as the bulbs go dormant with the coming of summer.