The Best Bulbs to Plant in Your Lawn

Iris danfordiae
Add no-maintenance spring color to your landscape by naturalizing carefree bulbs in your lawn and landscape.

Siberian Squill

Reflect the sky with a sea of blue Siberian squill. This reliable little bloomer pops up and can create a carpet of color for a couple of weeks if temperatures stay cool.

Name: Scilla sibirica

Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 8 inches tall

Zones: 4-8

Native to North America: No

Glory-of-the-Snow

Enjoy a multitude of blue, pink, or white star-shape flowers from glory-of-the-snow. This charming bulb earned its name because of how early it blooms in the season.

Name: Chionodoxa luciliae

Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 6 inches tall

Zones: 3-9

Native to North America: No

Snow Crocus

One of spring's first blooms, little snow crocus offer gorgeous cup-shaped blooms in shades of purple, yellow, blue, or white.

Name: Crocus selections

Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 3 inches tall

Zones: 3-8

Native to North America: No

Snowdrop

Among the first bulbs to bloom, snowdrops offer graceful, butterfly-shape flowers on nodding stems. Singularly, they're beautiful up close, but like most bulbs, they're stunning in a large group.

Name: Galanthus nivalis

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

Size: To 4 inches tall

Zones: 3-9

Native to North America: No

Puschkinia

A close relative of Siberian squill, this easy bulb offers little spikes of pale blue flowers. Each petal has a darker blue stripe running through the center.

Name: Puschkinia scilloides

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

Size: To 6 inches tall

Zones: 3-9

Native to North America: No

Early Iris

It's a great treat to see the rich purple flowers of early iris poking up out of the ground -- especially when the ground is still covered in snow.

Name: Iris reticulata

Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 6 inches tall

Zones: 4-8

Native to North America: No

Winter Aconite

Also called wolf's bane, this is the first spring bloom in many gardens. A low plant, it produces cup-shape flowers in a dreamy shade of golden yellow.

Name: Eranthis hyemalis

Growing Conditions: Part shade and well-drained soil

Size: To 3 inches tall

Zones: 4-8

Native to North America: No

Ipheion

An under-appreciated bulb, Ipheion is a favorite here at the Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden. The star-shape flowers bear a lovely fragrance.

Name: Ipheion uniflorum

Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 8 inches tall

Zones: 5-9

Native to North America: No

Early Yellow Iris

These dwarf iris are extra early bloomers, often appearing out of the snow. Their bright yellow color is a wonderful way to welcome spring.

Name: Iris danfordiae

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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