Get creative with floral by adding simple bulbs along the tabletop. Place each bulb into a cupcake liner; then add a layer of moss inside and around the bulb. In addition to adding shape, color and texture to the table, guests can also take them home as party favors and plant them.
After you plant your bulbs in the fall, top dress them with a balanced 10-10-10 or 10-15-10 slow-release fertilizer or a product formulated especially for bulbs. Feed again in the spring, as soon as new growth emerges from the ground. Mix the fertilizer into the soil to avoid burning the bulbs.
This classic New England Colonial features a striking exterior, with stone hardscaping, bluestone and ashlar granite retaining walls, and fresh spring bulbs, perennials, and shrubs leading to the entrance.
This classic New England Colonial features a large stone chimney and retaining wall made of bluestone and ashlar granite. An asymmetric, linear path of thermal top bluestone leads to the entrance, surrounded by spring bulbs, perennials, and shrubs.
A variety of special landscapes embrace the new neighborhood retail development at Pike & Rose. Lush plantings and seasonal displays with annuals, spring bulbs and shade trees provide an exciting environment for businesses, visitors and residents to enjoy outdoor living.
Plant ‘Purple Sensation’ ('Allium aflatunense) to keep color in your garden after the spring bulbs open, and before the summer perennials start. This allium produces round, violet-purple globes with hints of blue and pink. The stems grow 24 to 30 inches.
The scent of this woodland garden changes with the seasons, from the spring bulbs that burst forth beginning in April until the last blossom of the ‘Honorine Jobert’ anemones in November. A walkway leads through the gorgeous greenery, with seats and fountains along the way so that the owners can fully enjoy the scenery.
The flowering plants are primarily pink, white, yellow and blue, a soft palette that complements the natural shingles of the home. Flowering shrubs, roses, perennials, annuals and spring bulbs ensure that the garden is in bloom from March until late fall. Plants like iris, alliums, echinacea, roses and foxglove emphasize the cottage style of this colorful garden.
Pure white blooms of ‘Whirlwind’ Japanese anemone blend easily into any full sun to part shade spot in the garden. Blossoms open from late summer through fall. Each bloom measures 2 to 3 inches across and stands atop tall stems that make a great addition to fall bouquets. Anemone leaves appear in late spring, making them a perfect partner for spring bulbs because anemone leaves help hide dying bulb foliage. Look for varieties with pink blooms, too. Deer- and rabbit-resistant plants grow 36 to 48 inches tall by 24 to 36 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
Pansies and spring bulbs like tulips make excellent planting partners. Tuck bulbs into soil in fall, then add winter-hardy pansies. In spring, watch the magic unfold. This pansy is Panola XP True Blue Pansy, a multiflora type that stands up to winter chill without missing a blooming beat. To help pansies survive when temps drop below 20 F for several hours, cover plants with a frost blanket or a 2- to 4-inch-thick loose mulch like pine straw (gently rake it off when air temps rise). Healthy pansies can typically withstand single digits for short spells without extra protection.
Once known as false forget-me-nots, brunnera are shade-loving plants with blue flowers like this variety, 'Henry's Eyes'. These perennials open in early spring and make great companions for hostas, pink and white bleeding hearts, early tulips and other spring-flowering bulbs. Grow your plants in fertile, moist soil, and don't let them dry out.
There are many different types of tulips, including Darwin hybrids, Fosterianas, doubles, parrots and more. Tulip 'Akebono' is a Japanese tulip that blooms in mid to late spring. Plant this double beauty in fall in part sun to part shade. It's hardy in zones 3-8.
Gardeners in hardiness zones 9 and warmer can plant freesias in the fall. In other zones, freesias should go into the ground in spring; they’ll need to be dug and stored at the end of the growing season so they don’t perish in the cold. If you don't want to dig them back up, simply start over next year with fresh bulbs (technically, they’re corms). Freesias are usually inexpensive. Plant the corms 2” deep in soil that drains easily, and give them a spot that gets sun to light shade.