Thursday, June 25, 2015

Easy to Grow Perennials - Spring Blooming Bulbs

It won't be long now (it is almost July!), and the fall bulbs will start showing up in your local garden centers. I feel like this is kind of confusing for some people (I can't tell you how many customers I have to explain this to). Fall bulbs are planted in the fall. But. They come up and bloom in the Spring. You would think they would be called Spring bulbs. But, they're not. They're called Fall bulbs, because you buy and plant them in the fall.

Actually, technically bulbs would probably not be considered a "perennial". It's technically a "bulb" or "rhizome". But. We're including it in our list of "perennials", because most people just "want to know what comes back in my garden". They don't really care about the classification. Here's some of my favorite bulbs to plant in the fall:

Dutch Iris

Muscari (Grape Hyacinth)

All of these need full sun or part shade (at least 6 hours of sun). Also, pretty straight forward on planting....dig a hole (depth on the back of the package or figure 2 to 3 times the height of the bulb), drop in the bulbs, cover them with soil. fertilize.....then wait until Spring when they come up and bloom. BAM! Just that easy!
Start looking for your fall bulbs soon. Usually the end of August or first part of September. Just start watching at your local garden center. When you see them, snatch them up and get them planted. Come Spring, when you have all those BEAUTIFUL blooms, you won't regret it!
Happy Gardening!

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