If you’re anything like me, when winter’s grayness feels like it may actually be permanent and I’m despairing that it will always be jacket weather, I look to the garden for a glimpse of spring. The site of a tiny flower bursting through the frozen ground and half-melted snow makes me want to bury my jacket into the deepest depths of my closet. Finally! The end of winter is near and spring bulbs have arrived to transition your garden from winter into spring.
Planted in large massings and frequent bouquets, spring bulbs are cheerful and charming additions to your garden. The earliest blooming bulbs – Snowdrops, Chionodoxa (Glory-of-the-Snow), Scilla, and Crocus – herald the end of winter and the beginning of spring. These small and delicate blooms are the perfect accompaniment for any garden transitioning from winter into spring and onto summer. Not only are they suitable for edging along walkways and planting beds, but they can also be planted into somewhat shadier locations since they bloom before trees leaf out and their fine-texture leaves don’t become intrusive as they fade and mid and late-spring bulbs take their place.
Following the site of Snowdrops and other early bloomers, you can expect to see Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinths, and Alliums gracing your gardens. These flowers make bold statements with their bright colors and larger sizes, making them ideal for back borders where smaller bulbs are harder to notice. Their vibrant colors aside, Daffodils are our most popular species of bulbs due to their ability to naturalize in an area and last for many years, as well as being an excellent selection for woodland edge plantings. With so many varieties to choose from, your garden can be awash with color for months.
Spring bulbs are a great way to extend your garden’s bloom time so why wait until May or June to bring your garden to life? If you notice that your garden is sadly lacking in spring bulbs, now is the time to plan for your fall plantings and with so many to choose from it can be challenging to know what works best for your landscape. Why not speak to one of our Property Improvement managers to help you decide what areas would benefit from bursts of color- whether it’s your front entry, rear border, along the sidewalk, or a view from your kitchen window? We’re here to help you at every stage of your garden’s development, including the planning and installation of bulbs, so that you get the most from your garden.