Bulb beauty tips

Wed. Oct. 1, 2014

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We’re in the throes of spring bulb planting now!  Do you find yourself confused wondering what to put where?  What colors?

How about picking a primary color and then staying within that pallette?  Perhaps red is your choice, then pick out some pinks and purples for added pizzazz!  Maybe you prefer yellow, then add some orange and green for a dash of dazzle!

You could add a block of white bulbs in one area for another standout space.

By the way, you’ll want to keep a fairly uniform size of bulbs.  In other words don’t vary the height any more than 6 inches, otherwise you could be cutting sunlight out from the shorter bulbs.

Remember you can plant early blooming bulbs under deciduous trees as their leaves won’t block the sun till after they’ve bloomed!  There aren’t any rules about pairing certain flowers together so create some contrast by mixing different looking flowers together.  Tulips and daffodils look great together.  How about hyacinth and iris…  You can make a lovely carpet of blooms with crocuses and grape hyacinths.  Just be sure to check bloom times and heights.  Make a sweeping statement across your lawn with early, mid and late blooming bulbs.  For the best color en masse, plant at least 50 bulbs.

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