Enjoy a Glorious Spring – Plant Colorful Bulbs this Autumn
This is the perfect time of year for planting bulbs – after the first few frosts, and before the ground freezes solid. A little work now will yield spectacular rewards next spring. Think of an area that you wish to enjoy fresh, splash of vibrant color. Perhaps you would like to have fragrant daffodils bobbing in the breeze along your walkway or popping up through still-dormant perennials. Bulbs make great companions for early flowering plants like hellebores and pulmonaria, or as a contrast against evergreens such as boxwoods. You can also plant bulbs directly in your lawn to eventually achieve a spectacular naturalized look.
Each bulb group has a specific planting depth. Generally, for tulips and daffodils you should plant each bulb 5-6 inches deep. It is best to plant bulbs in rich, well-drained soil. All bulbs benefit from a top dressing of leaf or bark mulch. Thoroughly water your bulbs immediately after planting, saturating the soil.
Hint: Planting bulbs en mass, or clusters, produces the most dramatic impact.
Tulip ‘Blushing Lady’ – Large and classy pale yellow and rose with orange highlights on sturdy, long stems. Great for cutting for arrangements. Height 30 in.
Tulip ‘Gudoshnik’ – “Artist” in Russian. Variegated blooms varying from creamy-salmon to a deep-red, with all colors in between. Height 24 in.
Daffodil ‘Delibes’ – Yellow flowers with a large orange cup. Reliable and easy to naturalize. Height 16 in. Also Critter Resistant
Daffodil ‘Cheerfulness’ – Plant this along paths or by the front door. White, very fragrant blooms. A beautiful heirloom. Height 15 in. Critter Resistant
Daffodil ‘Mt. Hood’ – Most widely-grown of the all white trumpet daffodils. Height 16 in. Critter Resistant
Daffodil ‘Tete-a-tete’– Short, cute and early. Height 6 in. Critter Resistant
Daffodil ‘Ice Follies’ – Big, white flowers with a wide light yellow cup that turns white as flowers mature. Super-robust and easy to naturalize. Height 20 in. Critter Resistant
Scilla siberica – Plant with ‘Tete-a-tete’ daffodils. A low-growing pop of true blue! Critter Resistant.
Crocus tommasinianus – Very early and naturalizes readily. Flowers are small purple cups.
Allium cristophii – Large globes of metallic purple flowers. Excellent for use in arrangements. Height 18 in. Critter Resistant.
Linden Hill Gardens is Open
Wednesday Through Sunday 10am – 4pm.
Stop in this weekend and have Jessica assist you in selecting the perfect bulbs for your garden. Remember, there is still plenty of time to get planting and come spring you will be happy you did!