Home Sweet Home Magazine - August 2021

Which bulbs prefer shade? In truth, there aren’t many bulbs that require shade. There are, however, some that tolerate it quite nicely. Tulips, crocus and daffodils, for example, will rise to the occasion even without a full daily dose of vitamin D. Snowdrops performbest in cold winter regions and like moderate temps, too. However, they won’t perform in areas with extremely mild or warmwinters. Snowdrops are great for open areas since deer and rabbits will leave them alone. Scilla is another option that deer and rodents avoid. Although they’ll tolerate partial shade, they won’t bloom in complete shade.

Looking to the Future Just because the summer season is rolling into fall doesn’t mean you have to give up on outdoor time or colorful blooms in your yard. Instead, set aside a final planting session in the yard and give yourself something to look forward to when the warmer days arrive again.

Chionodoxa also prefers sun, but if you have a spot that only gets sun early in the season, this is a good option for you. Fritillaria will do well in full sun or partial shade. The Fritillaria Meleagris prefers dappled shade. Plant these bulbs in zones 4-8. Different varietals range in height from eight to 36 inches, and they come in an assortment of color options.


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