12 Beautiful Bulbs Deer and Rabbits Don't Eat

Don't let deer, rabbits, or other hungry critters ruin your spring show. Select these bulbs for a bright, bold display of color.


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Daffodil
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Daffodil

    One of the most recognizable bulbs, daffodil is also among the easiest to grow. Most gardeners know the cheery golden-flowering types, but keep an eye out for extra-special varieties that offer blooms in shades of white, orange, pink, and red.

    Name: Narcissus selections

    Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil

    Size: To 16 inches tall

    Zones: 3-8

    Native to North America: No

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Crown Imperial

    Spring's most dramatic blooming bulb, crown imperial looks a bit like a pineapple wearing a Hawaiian shirt: The colorful red, yellow, or orange flowers are topped by a crown of leaves.

    Name: Fritillaria imperialis

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 3 feet tall

    Zones: 5-9

    Native to North America: No

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Siberian Squill

    Siberian squill offers some of the best colors of the spring: Its true-blue flowers are truly first rate. This adaptable bulb spreads quickly and is great for planting in your lawn for a carpet of no-maintenance blue color in early spring.

    Name: Scilla siberica

    Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil

    Size: To 8 inches tall

    Zones: 4-8

    Native to North America: No

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Allium

    It's tough to have a favorite allium -- there are so many wonderful choices. Most offer globe-shape blooms in shades of white, pink, yellow, and purple.

    Name: Allium selections

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 4 feet tall

    Zones: 4-9

    Native to North America: No

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Fritillaria

    This uncommon gem looks like a confection; the chocolate-brown flowers have a candy-yellow tip. Happily, they're not the least bit appetizing to hungry critters.

    Name: Fritillaria michailovskyi

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 6 inches tall

    Zones: 5-8

    Native to North America: No

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Grape Hyacinth

    This little charmer resembles a cluster of grapes in bloom -- the blue, purple, white, or yellow flowers appear in tight clusters. This is one of our favorite spring bulbs.

    Name: Muscari armeniacum

    Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil

    Size: To 8 inches tall

    Zones: 4-8

    Native to North America: No

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Bluebells

    Perfect for romping through a woodland garden, bluebells produce hanging clusters of blue blooms. Look around and you can find pink- or white-flowering types, as well.

    Name: Hyacinthoides hispanica

    Growing Conditions: Shade and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: To 20 inches tall

    Zones: 4-9

    Native to North America: No

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Dog-Tooth Violet

    A charming woodland plant, dog-tooth violet bears lily-shaped flowers in shades of white, cream, yellow, and pink. Many selections also offer speckled foliage.

    Name: Erythronium grandiflorum

    Growing Conditions: Shade and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: To 1 foot tall

    Zones: 4-9

    Native to North America: Yes

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Checkered Lily

    We love the charming, intricate flowers of this uncommon bulb. As the name suggests, the purple flowers bear a distinct checkerboard-pattern overlay. The pure-white selections are just as beautiful.

    Name: Fritillaria meleagris

    Growing Conditions: Shade and moist well-drained soil

    Size: To 1 foot tall

    Zones: 3-8

    Native to North America: No

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Glory-of-the-Snow

    A charming little bulb that deserves to be a lot better known, glory-of-the-snow blooms early and bears cheery pink, blue, or white star-shape flowers. It's great for letting pop up throughout your yard.

    Name: Chionodoxa luciliae

    Growing Conditions: Sun or shade and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: To 6 inches tall

    Zones: 3-9

    Native to North America: No

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Winter Aconite

    One of spring's first bloomers (often before the snow melts) winter aconite bears cup-shape sunny yellow flowers.

    Name: Eranthis hyemalis

    Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: To 3 inches tall

    Zones: 4-9

    Native to North America: No

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Snowdrop

    Snowdrops often greet spring before the snow has gone. These beautiful little bulbs offer butterfly-shape white flowers and are great for growing in the lawn or garden.

    Name: Galanthus nivalis

    Growing Conditions: Sun or shade and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: To 4 inches tall

    Zones: 3-8

    Native to North America: No

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