We are nearing the end of the gardening season and it's time to think about spring bulbs. Here are a few ideas inspired by plantings at the Toronto Botanical Garden last spring.
Idea: Create an understory by layering a shorter narcissus or daffodil under a taller tulip.
Idea: Stick with a single color and vary the type of bulb.
Idea: Extend your spring display with Alliums that bloom after tulips and daffodils
have packed it in.
Camassia bloom at the same time as Alliums. They tolerate moist or dry soil conditions and naturalize easily. Camassia is a great option for a wooded or grassy area. Deer do not like them!
Idea: Look beyond the imports and plant a bulb native to North America: Camassia.
Idea: Plant bulbs in blocks of color. This might look great along on a pathway or at the entrance to your house.
Idea: If it's drama you're after, there is nothing like the bold mix of red & white and red & yellow.
There are tulips with fringed petals, double tulips and parrots tulips to consider. Look for daffodils and Narcissus with double or ruffled trumpets.
Idea: Emerging spring foliage will often form the backdrop for bulbs. Consider the planting area's foliage and chose a bulb color that will compliment it.
I hope this post has given you a few planting ideas for your spring bulbs!