Flower Bulbs


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Flower bulbs are easy to grow and offer plenty of color. Most of these flowers are early to late spring bloomers with the exception of a few like Gladiolus. They have always been attractive for their early season color ushering in the bright days of summer. No matter how chilly the weather, we all tend to perk up when we see the Daffodils bloom.

In many areas flower bulbs are intended to be removed from the ground in the fall and stored for the next spring season. My region happens to be one of those areas but I have chosen to take a different coarse. I prefer to leave mine in the ground and mulch them in the fall. This works quite well since I have not lost any to date.

Below I have provided a list of some of my favorite flowers that are hardy and provide plenty of color and variety. Within each type are many different varieties such as double bloomers, re-bloomers and height variations.



COMMON NAMES:

  • Allium
  • Anemone
  • Crocus
  • Daffodil
  • Gladiolus
  • Hyacinth
  • Iris
  • Liatris
  • Lily-many types
  • Tulip



I have found, with many of these flowers, that they take a season or two to bloom, especially with Iris. Both Iris and Lily have a huge selection of variations. I prefer the naturalizing Lilies since they are exceptionally hardy and multiply so well. I have many different types of Iris including Dwarf Dutch, Asian, re-blooming and Dutch. Anemone also come in a good variety offering types like Blanda and Double Poppy.

As with all gardening, soil preparation is important but general care is easy. Once they have bloomed they tend to die back allowing the way for other flowers. Some like Lilies, Iris and Gladiolus usually stay after blooming. I like to have a good mix of bulbs and perennials in order to keep my gardens full and colorful all season. I have also been able to extend the Gladiolus bloom to later in the season by surrounding them with full perennials.

These flowers should be a part of any garden landscape both for their leading color and showy bloom.



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