I would like to plant some bulbs this fall for the first time. Which bulbs are best adapted to our area? Could you give me some suggestions on how to plant them?
Flower bulbs are easy to plant. They will grow even if you plant them upside down. Generally, bulbs are planted about three to four times the diameter of the bulb apart and depth. For example, a half-inch bulb would be covered with 2 inches of soil and would be spaced 2 inches from the next bulb. But bulbs are usually spaced closer and at a shallower depth in containers.
Most fall-planted bulbs will grow in our area. Daffodils give the best satisfaction. They are dependable, easy to grow and deer-resistant. Daffodils come in white and pink bicolor shades as well as the typical yellow shades. The dwarf 6-inch daffodils are good for close-up viewing and containers.
Tulips are the most popular fall bulb and are also quite dependable. The tall Darwin tulips are the most popular. Darwins come in a large range of colors and grow 24 to 30 inches tall. I prefer the Triumph tulips, which are a little shorter at 14 to 20 inches and less likely to blow over. I really like the shorter botanical tulips (10 to 12 inches) that are more like wild tulips. Unusual tulips include bicolor, fringed and double petals.
Crocus are the earliest and shortest of the fall bulbs at 3 to 6 inches. I always like to have at least a few of them in a prominent place. Crocus comes in white, yellow and shades of purple.