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Bulbs Buying Guide

Few things help us shrug off the doldrums of winter and anticipate the beauty of spring better than bulbs. The first few blooms -- sometimes under the last snow on the ground -- reward with unmistakable color and diversity. Turns out, though, there are blooms for the whole growing season.

Types of Bulbs

Types of Bulbs

Daffodil and tulip blooms are typecast as harbingers of spring. While those two flowers are welcome sights in nearly any garden, there are literally hundreds of different types of bulbs for the landscape. Some bloom in springtime, but you can find bulbs that bloom almost throughout the growing season. If you're searching for bulbs to add to your garden, consider tulip, daffodil, hyacinth, allium, crocus, gladiolus, iris, and other miscellaneous bulbs; here's a guide to get you started.

Tulip

Tulips ignited a buying and planting frenzy centuries ago in the Netherlands, and the love for these springtime bloomers remains strong. Tulips are available in single colors or multiple hues.

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KVan Bourgondien
$12.50 $9.38

Buy Wholesale - As Low As $0.38 Per Plant - Soft to rich pink brushed yellow and green. Viridiflora Tulip.Plant these dainty garde...n gems once and they will come back year after year. Perfect for adding color and interest to rock gardens or the front of... read more

KVan Bourgondien
$11.50 $8.63

Buy Wholesale - As Low As $0.35 Per Plant - Mix of various colors of Double Late TulipsOne of our most popular late-flowering doub...le tulips. A perennial favorite, these spectacular blooms are also known as peony tulips due to their large number of... read more

KVan Bourgondien
$13.00 $9.75

Buy Wholesale - As Low As $0.39 Per Plant - Ivory-white, purple edge.Bring spring indoors this winter! These sturdy delights are e...xcellent for pot forcing indoors for Easter. Their brilliant colors are particularly long lasting; their sturdy stems make... read more

KVan Bourgondien
$11.50 $8.63

Buy Wholesale - As Low As $0.35 Per Plant - Large, soft yellow flowers atop tall, sturdy stems. Tulips were introduced into Europe... from Turkey in 1554 and have figured prominently in floral history ever since. While the fabulous prices paid for a... read more

Daffodil

Daffodils are very early springtime bloomers, typically found in shades of yellow or white. Unlike some spring bulbs, the foliage of daffodils must be allowed to decay on its own to ensure the flowers return the following year.

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Springhill Nursery
$6.29

A beautiful assortment of our best fragrant daffodils brings a warm welcome after a long winter. An extraordinary blend of colorfu...l, hardy, fragrant blooms. Their smaller owers give them a natural look and as a bonus: they come back year after year! A... read more

Springhill Nursery
$6.29

A beautiful assortment of our best fragrant daffodils brings a warm welcome after a long winter. An extraordinary blend of colorfu...l, hardy, and fragrant blooms. Their smaller flowers give them a natural look and as a bonus, they come back year after... read more

Springhill Nursery
$6.99

Delightful mix adds cheer to the springtime flower beds and bouquets. These large-cupped daffodils feature outstanding color, grow...th habit and bloom qualities. The mix includes white or yellow flowers with white or yellow cups edged with brilliant... read more

Hyacinth

Distinguished by heavy clusters of miniature blooms on flower heads, hyacinths are terrific early springtime bloomers in both the garden and containers.

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Michigan Bulb Company
$5.99

Fragrant naturalizing beauty produces loads of densely packed, carmine red florets that will be a smash in the spring garden. Exce...ptional color is perfect for front borders and along walkways. Cut a few and bring this amazing fragrance indoors! read more

Michigan Bulb Company
$14.99

Enjoy huge, 8-10 flower stems loaded with wonderfully fragrant florets in mid spring. Bold mix of colors is ideal for beds and bor...ders. Plant near a window to enjoy the incredible fragrance. Easy to grow; comes back year after year! read more

Michigan Bulb Company
$6.74

Modern gardens face new difficulties, including pressure from our woodland friends, deer. These bulbs are least appetizing to hung...ry creatures, including deer and squirrels. read more

Michigan Bulb Company
$7.49

Pink, blue and white bell-shaped flower clusters sprout from glossy grass-like foliage each spring with no extra care. These woodl...and favorites thrive under trees and will persist unattended for many years. Ideal for naturalizing. read more

Allium

A large, round bloom on a slender stalk gives allium its unique garden profile. Use these bulbs in the back of the border or as a focal point in a mixed bed.

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KVan Bourgondien
$24.50 $18.38

Buy Wholesale - As Low As $0.74 Per Plant - Carefree and rewarding! A mixture of three allium varieties ('Carinatum', Carinatum 'A...lbum' and 'Flavum') for a unique display. Blooms July, 12-18" tall.Alliums offer a wide diversity of color, height, and... read more

KVan Bourgondien
$7.00 $5.25

Buy Wholesale - As Low As $0.21 Per Plant - ALLIUMS: Carefree and rewarding! Unusual flax-blue flowerheads, approximately 1 1/2" i...n diameter. Summer blooming, Alliums offer a wide diversity of color, height, and blooming times. They will tolerate poor... read more

KVan Bourgondien
$15.50 $11.63

Buy Wholesale - As Low As $0.47 Per Plant - June-flowering Allium with amethyst-pink flowerheads, 8-12" wide set on 24" stems. Car...efree and rewarding! Alliums offer a wide diversity of color, height, and blooming times. They will tolerate poor garden... read more

KVan Bourgondien
$29.50 $19.91

Buy Wholesale - As Low As $3.98 Per Plant - An unusually-colored allium with lots of small, pale yellow-green perfectly formed sta...r-shaped flowers. Perfect for pairing with a dark background.Carefree and rewarding! Alliums offer a wide diversity of... read more

Crocus

Among the very first blooms to appear in spring, crocus features delicate, small blooms in white, yellow, or shades of purple. Crocuses are often planted in lawn areas to provide a pretty view that resembles a forest floor.

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Michigan Bulb Company
$14.99

A color-balanced mix of crocuses to make winter go out with a burst of early spring color and beauty. You get 50 plump, healthy bu...lbs; a special blend of Holland's finest. read more

Michigan Bulb Company
$3.74

This unique crocus blooms in fall, not spring! The beautiful lavender blooms add a wonderful accent to the fall landscape. This lo...w-maintenance plant is highly prized for its golden stigma which is used to add color and flavor to foods. read more

Michigan Bulb Company
$7.49

Because of their very early bloom time, blooming crocuses are often considered the first sign of spring. Say goodbye to a gloomy, ...muddy yard at the end of winter €” instead you'll find more and more cheery crocuses, as they bloom so early and multiply... read more

KVan Bourgondien
$18.75

Buy Wholesale - As Low As $0.19 Per Plant - Colorful Crocus€”the first sign of spring! Promote for borders or edging; in groups of... a dozen or hundreds and thousands for naturalizing; in the grass, woodlands, slopes, under trees. Planting depth 3. read more

Gladiolus

The bulbs of these tall summertime bloomers shoot up a vertical stalk that's covered with multiple blooms. In the fall, gladiolus must be dug up and overwintered indoors.

Iris

This perennial bulb blooms in summertime; it can and should be divided in order to increase the number of irises available and to maintain the health of the plants.

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Breck's
$9.74

Perfect Form, Striking Contrast A winner of many awards, this wide-petaled beauty is a vigorous bloomer, often producing two or mo...re stems per fan. Inky blue-purple falls spread wide, and their ruffles are accentuated with a wire edge of lavender. The... read more

Michigan Bulb Company
$5.99

Have you ever had a flower you loved leave too soon? Well, chin up! These gorgeous dwarf irises promise to come back more plentifu...l each year €” they're easy flowering, very hardy and quickly produce offsets that multiply into generous drifts of color.... read more

Breck's
$11.24

Blooms Very Early, Extending the Iris Season One of the first tall bearded irises to bloom. Footloose keeps blooming well past mid... spring because of its high bud count of 8-10 buds per stem. The colouring is also remarkable for its purity and the clear... read more

Michigan Bulb Company
$5.99

These jewel-toned blooms are among the first iris to bloom in the season. Our experts have selected these unique Dutch irises beca...use of their strong stems and large bright flowers. It is a combination that works well at the front of a border.... read more

Miscellaneous

A variety of other, less common bulbs -- some of them annuals, some perennials -- are available for home gardeners. Some make a good fit for container gardens, while others work well in borders and beds.

Product Features

Product Features

Unlike other landscaping elements, such as garden sheds and arbors, garden bulbs may seem as though they have few features that affect how you use and enjoy them. But in fact, bulbs -- like any other purchase -- have various factors to review to find the plant that fits best with your garden's style, your time availability, and your climate. After you've chosen potential favorite bulbs to add, make sure to review the flowering season as well as whether the bulbs are perennials or annuals. Then get buying -- and get digging.

Flowering Season

Bulbs will bloom at different times based on your climate and your growing season. Understand when yours may make an appearance and what conditions, such as sun or shade, are best.

Perennial vs. Annual

Some bulbs return year after year, while others are one-shot blooms. To temper any disappointment, know the best- and worst-case scenarios for the return of your bulbs.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

You may have your bulb digger garden gloves ready, but before you scoop a hole -- or buy a bulb -- it's a good idea to think through your purchase and how it fits with your climate and your time commitment. Even though they are fairly low-maintenance, bulbs do have some factors that may affect both your initial enjoyment and your long-term love of them. Those include the correct planting time, planting depth, and potential pests and diseases. Take a few minutes to review these purchase considerations.

Planting Time

Many oft-recognized bulbs are planted in the fall, but others are added to the garden in spring and must be dug up in autumn and stored in a cool, dry spot. Make sure you understand the specific requirements of your bulb purchases.

Planting Depth

No two bulbs are alike when it comes to planting depth. To ensure yours come up, dig holes that are appropriately sized for your flower's growing requirements.

Pests and Diseases

As with any landscape plant, some bulbs are bothered by troublesome pests. Know the risks and whether there are precautions you can take to ward off pests and diseases.

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