Fall Bulb Landscaping

They’re the easiest gardening you can do, and pack a wallop in the early spring.  Planting bulbs in the fall is not only easy, but inexpensive.  For as little as a quarter each, bulbs simply need a small hole, tuck them in for the winter, and they respond with colorful spring blooms.


One of the best bulbs for naturalizing, tulips come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors.  They’re one of the most dependable bulbs and make a gorgeous cut flower to boot. 

Try purchasing a bag of bulbs in bulk to save money on your landscaping budget.  They can be planted in sun to part shade and look wonderful around trees.  Don’t line them up like little soldiers, they look best grouped together for impact.


Hyacinth are the perfect bloom to welcome Spring and Easter.  They have the sweetest fragrance and can be found in colors from purple to pink to white.  These stiff, upright plants are better planted in clumps rather than in straight rows and grow 8 to 12 inches tall.   They also have blooms that tend to last two to three weeks before they start to fade.


Everyone’s spring favorite, daffodils poke their heads up in early spring and offer a cheerful, yellow, welcome to Spring bloom.  But there are more to daffodils than just yellow, they also come in different shapes, sizes and colors. 

Try pink daffodils for a twist on this Spring staple.  Daffodil bulbs are one of the most inexpensive choices for landscaping and are good choices for informal gardens and natural landscaping.


For an elegant addition to the garden, try  the Dutch Iris. These iris grow from true bulbs, not tubers like their counterparts.. Extremely popular with florists, the Dutch Iris makes a wonderful addition to fresh floral bouquets and come in a variety of vibrant blues, purples, and whites.  They’re best planted in full sun to part shade.

So how do you get these Spring blooms?  It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Dig a hole – the depth is usually noted on the bulb’s packaging.  It’s usually 4-6 inches deep.  For really lazy landscaping, there’s an auger attachment for a drill that makes really quick work of the digging.
  2. Put your bulb in with the pointy side up.
  3. Fill with dirt.

Try adding bulbs to your landscaping for easy and inexpensive Spring blooms that will be enjoyed for years to come.