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Your Favorite Spring-Blooming Bulbs

We asked what your favorite spring-blooming bulbs are. Here are your responses.

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    • Daffodil

      What says spring more than a cheery yellow daffodil? It's no wonder daffodils received the most votes and are your #1 spring bulb. Not only are they beautiful, but daffodils are some of the lowest-maintenance bulbs there are.

      Name: Narcissus selections

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

      Size: From 4 to 24 inches tall

      Zones: 3-9, depending on type

      Native to North America: No

    • Tulip

      Tulips were voted second place. The queen of spring-flowering bulbs, few other early-season plants offer the variety of sizes, shapes, and colors of tulips. There's a tulip for almost every gardener.

      Name: Tulipa selections

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

      Size: From 4 to 36 inches tall

      Zones: 3-7, depending on type

      Native to North America: No

    • Hyacinth

      It's tough to beat hyacinth's sweet fragrance in spring, and that's probably why it received third place. Hyacinths offer shades of purple, blue, pink, red, and white and many are easy to force.

      Name: Hyacinthus selections

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

      Size: To 1 foot tall

      Zones: 4-8

      Native to North America: No

    • Crocus

      One of the first flowers to usher in spring, crocuses offer charming, cup-shape blooms in colorful shades of yellow, orange, purple, blue, and white. Their small size makes them easy to tuck into lawns, along pathways, or at the front of the border. They tied for fourth place.

      Name: Crocus selections

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

      Size: To 6 inches tall

      Zones: Zones 3-9, depending on species

      Native to North America: No

    • Grape Hyacinth

      Grape hyacinths are a top pick for beautiful shades of blue and purple in the spring garden. These little beauties are ultra-easy to grow. And thanks to plant breeders, there's a bigger variety now than ever before (including a stunning yellow variety with an outstanding fragrance). Grape hyacinth tied with crocus for fourth place as your favorite bulb.

      Name: Muscari selections

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

      Size: To 8 inches tall

      Zones: 3-9, depending on type

      Native to North America: No

    • Allium

      Though it's the big, bold lollipop types that most gardeners are familiar with, the allium family is huge and offers gardeners a great mix of plant sizes, shapes, and colors. The fifth-place vote getter, alliums are loved for their beauty and pest-free nature.

      Name: Allium selections

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

      Size: From 6 inches to 4 feet tall

      Zones: 3-10, depending on type

      Native to North America: Depends on type

    • Siberian Squill

      We have to admit this is one of our favorites. Siberian squill came in sixth place thanks to its easy-growing ways and incredible blue color. It's spring's finest blue hue -- and an incredibly versatile bulb to boot. It grows just about anywhere.

      Name: Scilla sibirica

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

      Size: To 8 inches tall

      Zones: 4-8

      Native to North America: No

    • Crown Imperial

      With a name like this, you know it has to be a regal plant. Crown imperials offer a beautiful cluster of downward-facing flowers in warm, tropical-shirt shades. They're topped by a playful tuft of leaves. Though beautiful and dramatic, they're also a bit odiferous -- which could be why they were only in seventh place.

      Name: Fritillaria imperialis

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

      Size: To 3 feet tall

      Zones: 5-9

      Native to North America: No

    • Snowdrop

      Like graceful white butterflies, snowdrops have incredibly elegant little flowers that are so white they're almost translucent when backlit. These small bulbs earned eighth place in our survey and can be used just about anywhere in the landscape -- including naturalized in the lawn.

      Name: Galanthus nivalis

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

      Size: To 6 inches tall

      Zones: 3-9

      Native to North America: No

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      Anemone

      Graceful and charming little bulbs, anemones look like little spring daisies, popping up cheerfully from ferny foliage. They bloom in springy shades of pink, white, and blue -- and tuck well into virtually every garden. They're underused, but great picks that deserve more attention. Anemones came in ninth place.

      Name: Anemone blanda selections

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

      Size: To 6 inches tall

      Zones: 4-8

      Native to North America: No

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      Freesia

      Finicky, fragrant, and fabulous, warm-season gardeners love freesias for their beautiful blooms. Freesias grow well in containers and can be forced for summertime bloom in cooler regions. Freesias came in tenth place.

      Name: Freesia selections

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

      Size: From 6 to 24 inches tall

      Zones: 10-11

      Native to North America: No

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      Fill your garden with beautiful bulbs that bloom in spring, summer, and fall. Use these tips to ensure success.
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