Layering or Scattering?
- Layering bulbs allows conservation of space with different bulbs blooming each at different times. One patch of soil can bloom all summer by layering different bulbs into it.
- Scattering is planting bulbs where they fall when tossed.
This creates a more natural, less structured look.
When buying flower bulbs:
- Buy according to your needs as planned out above. This saves money and provides an outline, helping you to stay focused if
there is a need for any revisions.
- Read labels on each bulb container packet or catalog. Doing so provides information for successfully planting and blooming
of flowers in spring.
- Check quality of bulbs.
When planting flower bulbs:
Plant bulbs 6-8 weeks before ground freezes
and before first hard frost.
- For Canada and top 1/3rd horizontal belt across United States:
Plant September through early October.
- The middle 1/3rd horizontal belt across United States: Plant mid-October.
- The lowest and warmest 1/3 horizontal belt across the states:
Plant bulbs in November through early December.
There are nurseries that focus only on quality bulbs. Order a catalog and study the information on each flower bulb type. This will help greatly for each personal gardening preference and situation.
Bulbs are diverse. They can be used in rock gardens, creating garden borders and flower bouquets. Another idea is creating a container, or planter using bulbs only.
If you try container gardening with bulbs make sure containers are deep enough to layer bulbs and that there are holes in the bottom for drainage.
On a final note...
Recently I interviewed Jon and Kristyn Kolozvary, of the GreenSmith Garden Center and Landscaping company. If you live close by Hinckley Ohio, stop in and visit them for Customer Appreciation Night on Monday, August 27th. More information at: GreenSmith Landscaping.com.
To check out my interview with GreenSmith's click here.
Happy Butterfly Gardening!
Elizabeth @ Easy Butterfly Garden