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Bulb-Planting Rookie Mistakes: How to Get the Most Out of Your Spring Garden

Hey there, fellow gardeners! Are you feeling a bit down because your garden is lacking color at this time of the year? Well, don't worry, I have just the solution for you: planting bulbs in the fall. I know that still feels like a long way off, but a little planning goes a long, long, LONG way! But before you grab your shovel and start digging though, let me share with you a few things that I've learned along the way about planting bulbs. By learning from my rookie mistakes, you can avoid making them yourself and get the most out of your spring garden.

Cheap Bulbs Aren't Necessarily a Bargain

First and foremost, let’s talk about cheap bulbs. I get it, we all love a good deal, but discounted bulbs may not be worth it. They can be low quality, produce fewer flowers, and might even be dried out and rotten. Don't be fooled by the price tag, invest in good quality bulbs. However, if you still want to save some cash, look for early bird or bulk pricing deals (like our yearly bulb wholesale-direct group order going in on Sunday, May 7, 2023).

The Power of a Killer Color Scheme

Just like interior designers, us gardeners can work with a color palette to give our outdoor space a unique look and feel.

Personally, I'm a fan of going all out with a single color scheme, whether it's pretty in pink, wonderful in white, passionate in purple or sunshine yellow. Trust me, simplicity can be just as impactful as a wild and crazy mix of colors. But, if you're feeling daring, why not play around with some color combos like pink and white for a romantic feel, red and yellow for a fiery pop, or orange and purple for a bold statement?

And for those of you who want to get really fancy, why not consult the color wheel and choose a harmony of several related colors? Picture it now: a garden bursting with shades of pink, lavender, and burgundy, or a bed of flowers in yellow, orange, and red. The possibilities are endless! So, get creative and have some fun with your color scheme.

The Ultimate Marathon of Floral Fabulousness

From the early birds like crocuses to the late bloomers like alliums, there's so much variety that you can stretch the spring bulb season for as long as 8-10 weeks! So, don't be a one-hit-wonder and make sure you choose bulbs from different bloom times: early, midseason and late season. This way you can have a flower party that lasts all season long!

Plant En Mass

Spring bulbs are like a squad of flowers ready to make a statement, so let's make sure they show up in full force! Planting them in groups is key to create a bold and beautiful look in your garden. Don't be stingy with the numbers, folks! Small bulbs like scilla siberica or chionodoxa should be planted in groups of at least 25 bulbs, while tulips should strut their stuff in groups of at least 12. For daffodils and alliums, go for at least three or better yet, 7 or 9 for that extra wow factor.

The Power of Repetition

Think of your garden as a work of art! Just like how a painting needs a focal point, your landscape needs consistency to tie everything together. By repeating the same plants or groups of plants throughout your garden, you create a harmonious flow that's easy on the eyes. No more disjointed scenes! Instead, imagine a gorgeous masterpiece with all the different elements seamlessly blending together. Seeing the same shape or color in different parts of your garden can really bring the whole thing together.

Don't Discriminate

Let's not play favorites here, guys! Annual and perennial bulbs both deserve a spot in your garden. Daffodils, scilla, chionodoxa, alliums, and muscari are all perennials that will come back to bloom every year, adding more and more beauty to your garden over time. But let's not forget about the showstopper tulips and hyacinths! They might only give their best performance in the first spring after planting, but hey, with the right growing conditions and a bit of luck, some tulips like the Darwin hybrids can even re-bloom for several years. So, treat them like the divas they are, and plant a fresh batch every fall to ensure a breathtaking spring display year after year.

Not Tonight!

Are you tired of watching your beautiful blooms get chomped down by wildlife? Fear not, for where there's a will, there's a way: choose spring-flowering bulbs that they are less likely to eat! Trust me, your garden will thank you for it. Some of my personal favorites include daffodils, allium, hyacinths, glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa), and Spanish Bluebells (Scilla Campanulata). Not only will they survive the munching of those furry fiends, but they'll also add some serious charm to your landscape.

With these easy tips and tricks in your back pocket, your garden is sure to be the talk of the town. Remember to choose a color scheme that reflects your unique style, include bulbs with different bloom times for a long-lasting display, plant in groups to create a cohesive look, and select deer-resistant bulbs to avoid disappointment. And don't forget to hop on our wholesale-direct fall bulb group order before the deadline passes this Sunday and make your garden the envy of the neighborhood! Happy gardening, my gardening friends!

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