Preparing for Spring

It seems ironic to be writing about closing down the garden for winter and preparing for spring, but now is the right time to plant your spring bulbs to ensure lots of color in your yard when April rolls around. Common bulbs that are planted in the fall for spring beauty include: Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths and Crocuses. Some things to consider when planning your bulb plantings:

Location: Think about where you want your bulbs to blossom. A simple sketch of the yard and your planting ideas will help you envision what you can expect in the spring. In general, smaller bulbs do best if they are located close to a path, walkway or along the driveway where you can see them easily. Larger bulbs can be planted further apart across the yard.

Bloom Sequence: With some careful planning you can achieve constant color in your yard from early spring to summer.

Early Spring - Snowdrops and crocus
Spring - Crocus, daffodils, hyacinths, tulips
Late Spring - Daffodils and mid-season tulips
Summer - Allium, iris, lilies, dahlia, gladiolus

Color, Shape and Texture: Plan for a distinctive look by mixing and matching colors, shapes and sizes. Some examples are: bi-color daffodils (yellow petals with a contrasting cup), miniature daffodils (a few flowers per stem), Large daffodils with ruffled or split cups, and multi-color tulips.

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