Flowering bulbs are incredibly easy to grow and available in a huge range of sizes, shapes and colors. Very few plants offer so much color impact in the landscape with so little effort. They don’t take up much garden space and most grow well in nearly any sunny location.
Bulbs are considered “hardy” or “tender” depending on their ability to withstand freezing temperatures. Hardy bulbs are planted in the fall and are among the first flowers to announce spring’s arrival. Tender bulbs are only hardy in zones 9 or higher, where temperatures remain above freezing. In other zones tender bulbs are planted in the spring after the danger of frost is past and they bloom in the summer. Dig tender bulbs in late fall and store in a cool dry place for the winter. Plant them again in the spring after danger of freezing is past.
Plant in groups to add color among perennial plants. Small to medium-sized varieties are charming potted and placed around the patio, deck, or on a step to accent a doorway. Tall-stemmed flowers are great in cut arrangements. Because bulbs are easy to tuck into small nooks, they are ideal for planting in rock gardens.