7. Plant Once, Enjoy For Years To Come
Choose spring-blooming bulbs that naturalize - it means they are perennial bulbs that will multiply and spread. You’ll plant these bulbs just once, and enjoy them more year after year. Good naturalizers include Daffodils, Glory of the Snow (Chionodoxa), Grape Hyacinth (Muscari), and Wildflower Tulips. To ensure reblooming, fertilize after blooming each year with a 3-5-3 fertilizer.
8. Keep Your Garden Off The Menu
If you have pressure from hungry deer or other pests such as squirrels and voles, choose critter-resistant bulb varieties such as Daffodils, Grape Hyacinth (Muscari), Fritillaria, and Hyacinth. Planting strong-smelling Fritillaria amongst Tulips will often deter pests from Tulip bulbs, which are not pest resistant. (Note: Wildflower Tulips are deer resistant!)
9. Make A Statement With Monochromatic Blooms
Your planting will truly be eye-catching if you stick to one color. You can accomplish this in several ways.
- One variety, different bloom times: For example, try planting all Daffodils, but choose varieties with early, mid, and late spring bloom times.
- Many varieties, one color: For example, create a pleasing purple palette with Crocus and Mini Iris for early blooms, Tulips, Grape Hyacinth, and Hyacinth for mid-season blooms, and Allium for late-season flowers.
10. Fall In Love With Your Lawn
You can really create a spring show by planting large swaths of color in your lawn! Flowers will poke through the lawn and bloom in spring, well before the grass wakes up from dormancy and grows tall enough to mow.
- Follow trench planting steps above - but remove sod before trench planting. Make sure to account for the depth of the sod, and add a couple of inches when digging your trench.
- After bulbs are planted, lay the sod over the planted area. Then, in spring, enjoy the show!
- After your bulbs have gone dormant (a few weeks after blooming), you can resume mowing the area.
- Crocus, Daffodils, and Wildflower Tulips are popular choices for naturalizing in the lawn!