When to Plant Spring Bulbs


The days are getting shorter, and the temperatures are dropping. This means it is time to prepare your yard for spring. Yes, we do have to get through winter first, but fall is the time to plant spring blooming bulbs. Tulips are amazing plants, but they are a tasty treat for deer and rabbits. The good news is that there are  many other spring bulb possibilities besides tulips.

Daffodils (Narcissus spp.) are an amazing spring blooming bulb you can add to any landscape. They grow in sun or shade, they tolerate heat and cold, grow in just about any soil type, plus deer and rabbits leave them alone. Traditionally, they are a cup shaped flower surrounded by a ring of petals in various shades of yellow and white. Now breeders have discovered and developed varieties with all kind of crazy shapes like the Rip van Winkle variety which looks more like a tissue paper star than a regular daffodil. They have also released varieties with amazing colors as well. Rosy Cloud and Apricot Whirl are great examples of these.


Another bulb to get in the soil now are Alliums. They are in the onion family, but they produce some of the most beautiful blooms imaginable. This is another plant animals leave alone. These flowers look like fireworks frozen in mid explosion. The most extreme example of this comparison would have to be Allium schubertii. Some almost look like candy from Willie Wonka’s chocolate facotry! Globemaster in bloom looks like a giant sucker growing from the ground. Other amazing varieties that also need some recognition include Red Mohican and Mount Everest.

There is still plenty of time to plant these spring beauties. You have until the ground freezes and you can no longer get a shovel in the ground, although if you get out there now while the temperatures are still somewhat warm, it will be more enjoyable and your bulbs will have the opportunity to root and establish themselves. After a long cold winter, when you see the bright, cheerful faces blooming in your yard and reminding you of the beauty still to come, you will be very glad you did.