Planting bulbs is easy, fun, and extremely rewarding. With so many bulbs to choose from, we’ve highlighted a few bulbs that are either incredibly unique, amazingly beautiful, or have unique characteristics that will appeal to both the expert as well as the beginner gardener.
Once our weather finally cools (but, before it freezes), is when you will want to plant fall bulbs.
Let’s Talk Tulips
Tulips known as Emperor Tulips are a collection of Fosteriana Tulips. Fosteriana Tulips are one of the earliest spring blooming tulips and will be among the first color in your spring garden. They range in height from 10 – 20 inches, and all have solitary bowl-shaped flowers that open to about 5 inches, revealing a contrasting center. Their large, vibrantly colored flowers re-open each morning. They also make wonderful cut-flowers. Emperor Tulips naturalize easily in your garden, returning year-after-year. They are suitable for planting in a border, bed, container, rock garden, and even naturalizing in a grassy area. For a visually stunning display of early spring color, plant them in groups of 10-15 bulbs or mix them with other early spring blooming bulbs.
Another notable Tulip variety is ‘Blushing Beauty’. It blooms a bit later in your garden, but it will absolutely be worth the wait. The elegant, vase shaped flowers are rosy pink with yellow edges. These tulips are quite tall (28-30”) and will make a bright statement in the garden or in the back of your border planted behind shorter flowers. Enjoy them in patio pots, and as cut flowers for vase arrangements.
Miniature Heirloom Daffodil: Rated Number 4 Worldwide
Charming, cute, delicate, dainty, fragrant, petite, perky, incredible hardy, and deer resistant are a few of the adjectives that are used to describe Tete-a-Tete Miniature Daffodils (Narcissus Tete-a-Tete).
Tete-a-Tete Miniature Daffodils are small, but mighty. Only 6-8” tall, they are prolific bloomers with 2-3 flowers per stem. There have fragrant buttercup-yellow petals and yellow-orange cups. And even though it’s miniature it ranks as 4th on the worldwide popularity list of all daffodils.
Miniature daffodils are perfect for rock gardens, planting under shrubs, mixing with other bulbs such as Crocus, Scilla and Grape Hyacinths. Dwarf daffodils are great for container gardening and forcing inside during winter months.
Allium ‘Pink Jewel’ – Adored by Bees and Butterflies
Unusual among Allium for its shimmering soft rose-pink coloration, it offers something a little different in your garden. Since alliums are in the ornamental side of the onion family, they naturally deter deer and rodents like rabbits and chipmunks. ‘Pink Jewel’ has composite flowers which are 3″- to 4″ wide and packed with florets that are adorned by pale green eyes. Alliums are gorgeous in cut-flower arrangements. At 24-30” tall ‘Pink Jewel’ is a true standout in any garden.
Buy Now, Plant Later
It is still a bit too warm to plant fall bulbs now, but you will want to visit City Floral Garden Center soon for the best selection of these and other popular bulbs. If you aren’t certain when to plant bulbs, just give us a call at: 303-399-1177, or follow @CityFloralGardenCenter on Facebook/Instagram and @CityFloral on Twitter.We will keep our eye on the weather forecast and let you know when it is safe to plant.