Fall is the best time to plant bulbs before the ground gets too hard and cold. A bit of planning now will help you have a bright and beautiful show in the spring.
After a long winter nothing says spring quite like brightly colored flowers peeking out from the cold, damp yard. Bulbs are a great way to bring a pop of color to your landscaping, but they need a bit of advance preparation. You need to plant bulbs in the fall for flowers that appear the following spring and early summer. With a bit of planning and careful placement, your bulbs will bring you that first taste of spring year after year. Here's what you need to know.
When deciding which bulbs to plant, consider three things — color, height and bloom time.
Since bulbs will be planted months before you will see results above ground, choosing the area where you plant them is important. The area where the bulbs will bloom should be relatively free of other foliage during their bloom time. Depending on your climate zone, most bulbs should be planted from mid-September to late October in order to give them the proper amount of time.
Mass plantings of bulbs make a big impact in a larger space, while small spaces do well with a handful of bulbs planted on the diagonal. Make sure you consider the angle the flowers will be most often viewed from when choosing the pattern you use to plant the bulbs for the most impact.
Your local home stores always have a variety of bulbs for sale, but there are many online resources for high-quality bulbs delivered right to your front door. Once you have decided on your color scheme and blooming schedule, you can map out the exact bulbs that work with your plan. Quality is important if you want your flowers to have a high rate of bloom and continue to come back year after year.
Planting bulbs can be a very rewarding experience if you spend some time planning. Time spent now will be rewarded with amazing blooms next spring and summer.
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