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Buy Spring Flowering Bulbs

Tulips are one of the most recognized spring blooming flowers, with cup-shaped blooms in nearly every color except true blue. There are 100 species and thousands of cultivars, from dwarf forms to stately Darwin hybrids. This versatile bulb combines well with other spring blooming bulbs, early perennials and annuals. Mass in groups of 6 to 12 for the best effect.

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Zones: 3-9Exposure: Full sun to partial shadeBloom time: Late winter to springHeight/Spread: Upright habit; 4 to 24 inches tall, 2 to 3 inches wide, with clumps reaching up to 18 inches across.Uses: Plant in mixed borders, rock gardens, or containers; naturalize in a woodland setting or natural area.

The cheerful trumpet-shaped flowers of daffodil are a sure sign of spring. There are hundreds of varieties in a wide array of sizes and forms, with colors of yellow, white, orange, peach, and bicolors. These reliable hardy bulbs are easy to grow and long-lived, providing many years of spring color in the landscape.

Hyacinth is one of the most intensely fragrant spring bulbs, with spiky clusters of star-shaped flowers. Blooms come in a rainbow of colors including blue, purple, red, pink, orange, coral, yellow, and white. This easy care bulb combines well with other spring bulbs that bloom at the same time, such as daffodils and early tulips. Plant where the sweet fragrance can be enjoyed up close.

This cool-weather plant is grown for the delicate ruffly flowers that are popular in floral arrangements and weddings bouquets. Rose-like blooms occur in a wide range of pastel or hot colors on sturdy stems, and are long-lasting as a cut flower. In colder zones, bulbs can be overwintered indoors in a cool dry place and planted outside in spring.

One of the most beloved spring bloomers is the elegant bearded iris (Iris germanica), with flowers in nearly every color and pattern imaginable. There are many other iris species as well, from early spring blooming dwarf iris (I. reticulata) to stately Japanese iris (I. ensata), which flowers in summer. Some irises rebloom in late summer or fall. Plants grow from rhizomes or bulbs.

Zones: 3-8Exposure: Full sun to partial shadeBloom time: Most varieties bloom in spring, though some bloom in fallHeight/Spread: Upright colonizing habit; 3 to 6 inches tall, 2 to 4 inches wideUses: Mass along a pathway or at the front of a border, plant in containers, naturalize in a woodland setting or underneath trees and shrubs.

The endearing blooms of crocus are one of the most highly anticipated sights in the early spring garden. This reliable perennial grown from small corms thrives in most zones and is easy to grow, even for beginner gardeners. Upright tubular flowers come in shades of white, pink, purple, blue, yellow, orange, bicolors, and patterns.

Zones: 4-9Exposure: Partial to full shadeBloom time: Fall to springHeight/Spread: Upright mounding or spreading habit; 2 to 6 inches tall, 4 to 12 inches wide Uses: Naturalize in a woodland setting; plant in a rock garden or container; combine with other early spring plants such as witch hazel, hellebores, and snowdrops.

This diminutive plant grown from tubers begins growing in fall, going dormant during warm summer months. Lightly scented flowers have elegant upswept petals in shades of white, pink or purple that complement the intricately patterned leaves. Species such as Persian violet (Cyclamen coum, pictured) and alpine cyclamen (C. alpinum) bloom from late winter into spring, adding early season color to the landscape.

Sweetly perfumed clusters of tubular flowers in a range of colors are borne on long slender stems. This popular cutting flower is commonly used in wedding bouquets and floral arrangements. In frost-free regions, corms can be planted in the ground in fall for spring color. In colder areas, they can be grown in a greenhouse for winter flowers or planted outdoors in spring for summer blooming flowers.

Zones: 3-8Exposure: Full sun to partial shade Bloom time: Early springHeight/Spread: Upright spreading habit; 4 to 12 inches tall, 3 to 6 inches wide Uses: Naturalize in a woodland setting, rock gardens, along pathways, and underneath deciduous trees and shrubs.

Snowdrops are among the first spring bulbs to flower, and are named for their appearance in February and March when snow is still on the ground. Tiny bell-shaped flowers borne singularly on slender stems are white, some with green markings. Common snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) are grown most often. Bulbs can be short-lived in zones higher than 7. Plant in drifts for the best effect.

Zones: 4-8Exposure: Full sun to partial shade Bloom time: Mid-springHeight/Spread: Upright spreading habit; 6 to 9 inches tall, 3 to 6 inches wide Uses: Naturalize in beds and borders, rock gardens, or woodland settings; mass along a pathway or slope; plant in troughs or containers; force for winter bloom.

Grape hyacinth is named for the tiny clusters of fragrant flowers that resemble grapes. The deep blue flower coloring is highly coveted, complementing many other spring blooming bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Other Muscari species occur in shades of white, pink lavender, or yellow. Mass bulbs in groups of 25 or more for the best effect. Easy to grow, hardy, and reliable.

Zones: 2-8Exposure: Full sun to partial shade Bloom time: Early springHeight/Spread: Upright spreading habit; 3 to 6 inches tall and wideUses: Naturalize in open woodlands, or underneath deciduous trees and shrubs. Use as a groundcover or combine with other early bulbs such as daffodils and species tulips.

Zones: 4-7Exposure: Full sun to partial shade Bloom time: Late winter to early springHeight/Spread: Low spreading habit; 3 to 6 inches tall and wideUses: Plant underneath winter blooming shrubs such as witch hazel or viburnum. Naturalize in woodland settings, borders, rock gardens, and lawns.

This early blooming groundcover bursts from the ground in late winter or early spring, even before the first crocus. Cheerful yellow buttercup-like flowers are surrounded by a collar of divided leaf bracts, with dark green foliage emerging after the flowers fade. Winter aconite spreads readily, combining well with other early bloomers such as snowdrop, species crocus, and hellebores. Mass in the landscape for the greatest impact.

Zones: 3-8Exposure: Full sun to partial shade Bloom time: Early springHeight/Spread: Low spreading habit; 3 to 10 inches tall and 1 to 6 inches wideUses: Mass underneath trees and shrubs, in a woodland or rock garden. Choose a spot where the small blooms can be appreciated up close.

Glory of the snow is one of the earliest bulbs to flower and is named for its ability to poke out from underneath the cover of snow. Clusters of star shaped upward-facing flowers occur in colors of blue, pink, or white. Plants are exceptionally hardy, naturalize readily, and can be grown in most regions.

Zones: 4-8Exposure: Full sun to partial shadeBloom time: Mid-springHeight/Spread: Upright habit; 12 to 24 inches tall, 2 to 3 inches wide, with clumps reaching 8 to 12 inches wideUses: Naturalize in woodland gardens, mixed borders, and along streamsides and ponds.

Anemone is an herbaceous perennial or bulb that blooms in different seasons, depending on the species. Poppy anemone (Anemone coronaria, pictured) is a spring bloomer grown from bulbs, hardy in zones 7-10. Poppy-like flowers occur in colors of red, purple, blue, or white. Grecian windflower (A. blanda), a spring blooming groundcover grown from rhizomes, is hardy in zones 5-8. Daisy-like flowers are purple, blue, pink, or white.

Zones: 9-11Exposure: Full sun to partial shadeBloom time: Mid-spring to early summerHeight/Spread: Upright spreading habit; 1 to 4 feet tall, 1 to 2 feet wide Uses: Naturalize in meadows or open woodlands; plant in mixed borders.

The elegant flower spikes of camas lily produce clusters of star-shaped flowers in colors of blue, purple, or white. A member of the lily family, the bulbs of this North American native were an important food source for indigenous tribes and early explorers. Bulbs are cold hardy, long-lived, and naturalize well. Mass in drifts for the greatest impact.

When to buy spring blooming bulbs:Bulbs are available for sale through online sources and garden centers from late summer to mid fall. Buy early for the best selection. Garden centers carry potted bulbs in spring, though selection is limited.

When to plant spring bulbs:In colder climates (USDA Zones 1-4), plant bulbs in September or October before the first hard frost. For warmer regions (Zones 5-8), wait until the weather has cooled off to plant in October or early November. In zones 9-11, treat bulbs as annuals. Pre-chill bulbs for 12 to 16 weeks and plant in spring.

  • How to plant spring bulbs:Amend the planting area with compost or other organic matter, making sure there is adequate drainage to prevent bulb rot. For containers, use a high quality all-purpose potting mix.

  • Plant bulbs at the proper depth, 2 to 3 times deeper than the bulb diameter. Place with the pointed side up and the root side down. Space smaller bulbs 3 to 4 inches apart; larger bulbs can be spaced 4 to 6 inches apart. Bulbs in containers may be grouped closer together. Plant in clumps of 6 to 12 or more for the greatest impact.

  • In areas where rodents are a problem, bulbs may need to be protected with wire mesh or other deterrent.

Fertilizing spring bulbs:At the time of planting, apply a slow-release granular fertilizer formulated for bulbs according to package instructions. This will help roots become established before winter sets in. Reapply annually on the surface of the soil around plants when they begin showing spring growth. 041b061a72


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