How to Ensure Your Spring Garden Looks Even Better Next Year
Are you ready to take your garden to the next level? Spring is here, and it's the perfect time to check on your flowering bulbs to ensure they are thriving and creating visually stunning combinations.
But that's not all - it's also time to start planning for the next bulb planting season in the fall. Don't miss out on the opportunity to create a breathtaking garden that will delight you and your guests year after year. Let's dive in and discover how to make the most of this season and plan what bulbs you could plant next fall!
Netted iris - Iris reticulata ´Harmony´
Planning Ahead for a Stunning Display
Do some planning now when you can see with your own eyes if your existing spring planting is successful or if you would like to add or tweak something. It’s much more fun and inspiring to evaluate the success of your planting when you can sense them and see them in front of your eyes than try to recall them later in the fall or, even worse, with no plan in the jam-packed garden center with loads of options to choose from.
Checking your flowering spring bulbs in spring is an essential step in ensuring that your garden looks its best throughout the season in the future too. So, it's a great opportunity to start planning for the next bulb planting season right now.
Fall is ideal for planting spring-blooming bulbs like tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. By planting these bulbs in the fall, you give them time to establish their roots before the ground freezes, so they're ready to burst into bloom come springtime.
Poet's daffodil - Narcissus poeticus 'Actaea'
Thriving Spring Bulbs and Plant Combinations
How can you plan for the next bulb planting season in the fall? Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Take notes: As you walk around your garden checking your spring bulbs, make notes about what worked and what didn't. Did some bulbs thrive while others struggled? Did you have any issues with pests or diseases? These notes can help guide your planting decisions in the fall.
- Choose your bulbs: Not all flowering spring bulbs are the same when considering the soil types they prefer and thrive for many years. Research different varieties of bulbs and choose the ones that will thrive in your plant hardiness zone and soil type. (Grab the plant list for soil types and hardiness zones >>HERE<<). Check also factors such as bloom time, color, and height.
- Plan your planting: Once you've chosen your bulbs, plan your plant and color combinations. (Want to learn more about combining colors in the garden? >>THIS IS FOR YOU <<.) Consider the plants' height and bloom time to create a visually appealing display.
Checkered lily - Fritillaria meleagris
Help Your Spring Bulbs to Thrive
EXTRA TIP: Fertilize your spring bulbs as soon as the first shoot break through the ground until they start flowering. Don’t cut back their wilting leaves, as it’s how the bulbs feed themselves for the next flowering season.
By taking these steps now, you can ensure a successful bulb planting season in the fall and a beautiful garden come springtime. Remember, planning is vital to creating a thriving and visually stunning garden.
Happy planning and happy gardening!
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