6 Tips for Success with Spring Flowering Bulbs

Fall is the season for planting tulip and daffodil bulbs that will bloom next spring. Although it is late in the season there is still time to plant your bulbs even though an earlier date is often recommended. If you are looking for inspiration this article by Kath LaLiberte which I found on the Longfield Gardens website contains six tips to guarantee great results.

Fall is the time to plant spring-blooming bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, crocus and alliums. Before ordering your bulbs, here are a few tips to guarantee great results next spring.
double tulips with muscari
Pick a Color Theme
Interior designers often work with a color palette ? a selection of colors chosen to give a room or a home a particular look, mood or style. This technique is equally effective in gardens and landscapes.
One option is to choose a single color scheme. The effect is simple and always has a big impact. You can also build your design around a pair of colors such as pink and white, red and yellow or orange and purple. Another approach is to use the color wheel and choose a harmony of several related colors, such as pink, lavender, burgundy and purple or cream, yellow, orange and red.
Include Different Bloom Times
From early-blooming crocuses to late-blooming tulips and alliums, the spring bulb season can stretch for as long as 8-10 weeks. When choosing your bulbs, be sure to include a few from each bloom time: early, midseason and late season. This way you?ll have flowers in bloom for as long as possible.
repeat color themes
Plant in Groups
Spring bulbs look best when the plantings are generous and the bulbs are spaced just a few inches apart. Small bulbs such as scilla or chionodoxa should be planted in groups of at least 25 bulbs. Tulips look best in groups of at least a dozen bulbs. Daffodils and alliums can be planted in threes, though groups of 7 or 9 bulbs look even better.

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