10 Gorgeous Ways to Design With Spring Bulbs in Your Garden
Add Spots of Color
Combine Colors Wisely
Bulbs look stunning by themselves, but they're even more breathtaking in colorful combinations. Because choosing the best combos that bloom together can be a challenge, start with the prepackaged bulbs in catalogs or at your local garden center.
Power in Numbers
Those big, bold masses of bulbs in botanical gardens look amazing, but it can be a challenge (not to mention expensive) to re-create that look in your home landscape. So use masses of simpler combinations of just two or three colors laid out in informal shapes and forms that follow the lines of your beds.
Pair Bulbs With Early Perennials
Hide Fading Foliage
Make a Meadow
Siberian squill, crocus, and grape hyacinth bulbs are spectacular when blooming by the hundreds in early spring, and they'll slowly multiply over the years. This makes them perfect for planting in lawns and under trees to create flowery "meadows." For a natural look, toss them by the handful and plant them where they land.
Create Garden Bouquets
Because big bulbs go deeper than little bulbs, you can create spring bouquets by planting in layers. For example, plant tulips about 5 inches deep, then plant grape hyacinths 2 inches over the top of them, either in a container or in a garden bed.
Plan for Continuous Color
Extend your spring bulb display by planting similar-looking bulbs with different bloom times. For example try three golden daffodil varieties together: 'Arctic Gold', which starts in early to mid-spring, 'Primeur', which blooms in mid spring, and 'Pay Day', which blooms mid- to late spring.