A romantic spring bulb garden is the dream of many gardeners! These beautiful bulbs add color to your garden! To enjoy beautiful flower bulbs in the spring, you need to start planting them during the winter at least.
After several months of growing, you will have a beautiful bulb garden in the spring.
Get our advice for your great plans. These ideas will help you with your bulb garden next spring.
What are spring-flowering bulbs?
Not all flower bulbs bloom in spring, so to see beautiful flower bulbs in spring, these are the plants you can plant this winter.
Hyacinths are common flower bulbs often planted in flower beds or garden beds. Hyacinths can also be grown indoors in containers. Hyacinth colors include blue, purple, pink, white, and yellow.
Freesias bloom in spring and summer and come in a variety of colors. If you live in a colder area, you can grow freesia in a greenhouse so it blooms in the spring.
Ornamental alliums often bloom in spring, with some species blooming in summer. The flowers are usually spherical from 1 to 12 inches in diameter.
Scilla siberica. This bulb is often planted with other flower bulbs, such as tulips. Scilla siberica is one of the earliest bulbs to bloom in spring and reproduces quickly.
Tulips are one of the most common flower bulbs you can find, often blooming in the spring. You can plant tulips in many places in your garden.
Most Crocus varieties bloom in the spring. Crocus is easy to grow, suitable for beginners, and can be found in many area gardens.
Design your spring bulb garden
To keep your garden looking colorful and attractive in spring, you need to design your garden before planting the flower bulbs.
Properly match colors
Know the colors you will use in your garden and mix them wisely. You can choose a color to reuse across multiple bulbs. In your garden, a combination of two or three shades can appear. The full-color shades are perfect too.
Combine according to levels
In addition to color, height is also important. Layering can make your flower beds look more attractive. Each flower bulb variety blooms at a different height, so try to place shorter bulbs in the front and taller bulb varieties in the back.
Draw a map of the location
You will need to sketch where the flower bulbs will be in your garden. Be as detailed as possible in labeling the location of each plant on the map so you don't forget or get confused.
Plants of the same shape will make your garden look pleasing to the eye. You can plant a variety of flower bulbs in the garden in the same shape, such as oval, teardrop, and triangular shapes.
When do you need to start planting flower bulbs?
Autumn is the best time to plant flower bulbs, but if you miss this time, you can also start during the winter. Before you start planting, make sure the ground is not frozen hard or your plans will be difficult to carry out. After several months of cold temperatures, the bulbs will germinate. Plant flower bulbs at least 6 inches deep.
If you plan to plant bulbs during the winter but the ground is frozen, you can also grow bulbs such as tulips in containers. You can store these bulbs in a greenhouse or unheated carport until spring arrives.
How to care for your flower bulbs?
While bulbs don't require a lot of maintenance to grow, these plants can easily die if you neglect them, especially during the winter. Your bulbs can be grown in the ground or containers, and in either case, you'll need to be prepared.
Bulb growing in the ground
Bulbs grown in the ground will be challenged by frost. You will need to dig up your flower bulbs after the first frost. Dig carefully so as not to injure the bulbs. Then flush the soil from the bulbs with warm water and store the bulbs in a garage or greenhouse where they won't freeze.
Bulbs growing in containers
If you're worried about your bulbs being affected by frost, you can plant them in containers. You're better off storing your containers indoors or outdoors in a greenhouse.
(flower bulb in pots)
If you place the pots in a greenhouse, make sure the temperature is between 35 and 45°F and the relative humidity is about 50%.
About flower bulbs, what mistakes you might make?
You threw away the bag
Don’t be too quick to throw away the packaging before you plant your flower bulbs. Some bulb varieties look very similar and you will need to look at the bag to determine which variety you will be planting. If you separate the bulbs from the packaging, they may not be identifiable.
Planting flower bulbs in the wrong location
Bulbs should be planted in a location with fertile soil, good drainage, and full sun. If you plant the bulbs in nutrient-poor soil or sandy soil, the bulbs will not bloom. Or, if you live in an area that doesn't get enough sunlight year-round, bulbs won't bloom.
Planting the wrong variety
You need to plant bulb varieties during the winter that can survive the winter. If you plant a summer-flowering bulb variety, it may not survive this winter.
Planting bulbs too early
If you hope to have a bulb garden next spring, you will need to plant your bulbs during the winter. However, don't plant too early. Cold temperatures help destroy viruses and fungi.
(flower bulb in winter)
Exposing the bulbs to cold temperatures can stimulate flowering the following year.
Not protecting your bulbs
Squirrels, sparrows, and other critters in your garden can damage bulbs. You need to keep small animals away from the bulbs. Consider tools to help you, such as wire mesh, rodent repellents, and garden mulch.