Garden Bulbs

Many garden bulbs produce the most beautiful and familiar flowers, such as daffodils and tulips. Depending on variety, they can produce splashes of color and give bright accents to any yard.

When planning front and back yard landscape designs, it is important to remember that while these plants are usually regarded as the harbingers of spring, they are actually available for every season and climate. Therefore wise selection is important in successful landscape planning.

Varieties include-

  • True bulbs: narcissi, lilies, and tulips
  • Corms: crocuses, gladioli
  • Tuberous roots: dahlias
  • Rhizomes: cannas, irises
  • Tuber-corms: tuberous begonias, anemones, and ranunculuses

Most of these plants do best in sunny areas and ought to be planted at a depth about two-and-a-half times their diameter. Also, they should be planted in rich, loamy soil. In addition, adequate drainage is essential for preventing disease and root rot.

Some, including daffodils, grape hyacinths, and squills, are particularly well suited for naturalizing in lawns and meadows or at the edges of wooded areas. In fact, snowdrops and crocuses can be naturalized in drifts so they can spread at will. While this is commonly done in grass, those preferring shaded woodlands can be naturalized in ground under shrubs and trees. They may also be established beneath a planting of ground cover, such as scrambling ivies. Others are more adapted to planting bed conditions. Some, like narcissus, are best left in the ground throughout the year, while the more tender corms like gladiolus are best dug up and stored away during the winter.

In the right conditions, all will bloom throughout the year: from spring snowdrops cyclamens to lilies, which bloom in the summer to autumn montbretias. And amaryllis and paperwhites can be forced to bloom indoors during the winter months. Whatever you choose, they all can brighten a home and garden.

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