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Howdo I plant bulbs

Which bulbs require full sun? Most bulbs perform very well in full sun. That includes most traditional spring blooms. Tulips of every variety can create a painted landscape or eye-catching display. Look at Pretty Princess, Purple Flag Triumph, Peppermint Stick, and Parrot tulips for starters. Daffodils are another obvious choice, with fun options like Peach Bellini, Snow Drift White, Lemon Chiffon, Mount Hood Trumpet, andmany others to choose from. Crocus is one of the first bulbs to rise above the surface in the spring, blooming as early as late January in some regions. Look for Saffron, Pickwick Dutch, Snow, Zenith, or

Skyline for a mixed bag of colors and visual appeal.

in small spaces?

Hyacinth is another sun lover that comes in an assortment of colors. Check out the white Carnegie, richly colored Blue Jacket, cheery pink Jan Bos, and the striped Pink Pearl. Alliumnot only comes in a variety of colors but adds interest to any location. Its spiky spheres attract bees but keep other hungry animals away. Hunt down varietals such as blue Caesium, pinkish purple Unifolium, white Neapolitanum, and purple Sensation. Round out your sunny location with some Tecolote Salmon or striking Tecolote Gold Ranunculus, along with some Yellow Queen Dutch or Dark Blue Specie Iris.

You may have acres of land to plant your bulbs, or you may live in a small apartment with just enough space for small hanging planters. Bulbs don’t have a preference. One way to make the most of small spaces is to layer bulbs that bloom at slightly different times. As an example, you can start with a deeper, larger bulb such as daffodils or tulips. Add some dirt directly on top of them and plant something that blooms mid season, such as hyacinth. Top that withmore dirt, and plant crocus at a shallow level. Try to stagger the bulbs so they grow next to each other rather than into each other.


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