For a show-worthy home garden all year, try using bulbs for ultimate variety in spring, summer, and fall. Besides being easy, they are also economical – besides the initial investment, you will continue to enjoy beautiful, hassle-free flowers each season.
Bulb gardening does require a little preparation work and foresight. First, you near a clearly delineated area for your flowerbeds. It doesn’t have to be fancy – river stones or wooden logs can work, but make sure it’s an area that won’t be trampled or mowed over while shoots are in their infancy.
Then begin by pulling up old shrubbery or old bulbs that no longer are producing. Many bulbs produce for scores of years, but some only produce a leaf or two (and no flower) when they age. These need to be pulled up so that you can start with a fresh slate. While you’re at it, you can fertilize the holes if you will be using them, or filling them in with topsoil if not.
Most flowerbeds look best if they are framed by year-round evergreen shrubbery, and this can come in a variety of heights and types. Juniper berry, boxwood, or yew are good choices for most climates.
Pick a season that matters post for brilliant color- is it spring, summer, or fall? After you determine this, you can pick appropriate bulb flowers in order to prioritize.
High summer should be a time when your garden is ablaze and requires little care except an occasional watering. Most people like bulbs that seem them through early to mid-fall when their yards will begin to pick up the brilliance of autumn leaves changing.
Crocuses and tulips, along with February Snowdrops, will bloom first in most areas. Plant them in clusters for ultimate effect instead of single flowers. July will bring a burst of color from Echinacea, verbena, anemones, and asters. Weave these bulbs throughout your crocus and tulip groupings.
Remember that not everything planted will grow, and particularly harsh winters can kill bulbs that usually survive. In these instances, have a few large containers, already planted with Dahlia bulbs, in your basement or garage and pull them out to fill in the bare spots. Dinner plate Dahlias are very impressive with their large size and yellow to orange and red petals. Remember to keep track of bare spots and plant new bulbs as you find them. If you aren’t happy with the way something looks, you can always remove certain bulbs and plant them elsewhere or in containers.
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