It is time to start thinking about and ordering your spring bulbs. Here are three things to consider when picking the perfect bulbs for your garden!
- Choose a combination of early, mid and late blooming bulbs. Any website, catalogue or package will tell you when the plant blooms. A mix is best!
- Consider your pest population. Some bulbs are more rabbit and deer resistant than others (daffodils, for example are more pest proof than tulips). If you have deer or rabbits choose types that are unpalatable to these animals. Feel free to experiment with others but perhaps don’t buy them in large quantities until you know how they will perform.
- Some bulbs perform reliably as perennials (they come back every year); like daffodils, crocus and squill. Others, like most tulips, bloom best the first year but then less impressively in following years. For those you want to come back, you will need to leave the fading foliage on in the spring. Consider how this will look in your overall garden.
Once you purchase bulbs, wait to plant them until the temperature is right. How do you know when the time is right?
- When you start to turn on your heat
- Just past peak foliage time
- When your hosta start to flop because of cold
Spring Displays has a great website for browsing bulbs and creating lists for purchasing. Let us know if you would like help with an order. We can create an order and have it shipped right to your house!