For gardeners who've been waiting all winter to see green again, nothing is more welcome than the sight of early spring flowers. And few plants are as easy to grow as spring blooming bulbs. You plant them in the fall and wait. The hard part is being patient.
Spring blooming bulbs actually start growing almost immediately. They send down roots in the fall and can continue growing, although at a slower rate, throughout the winter. That's why it's so important to get them off to a good start. Choose a site that will get plenty of sunshine in the spring. Add a little organic matter and some bulb food or bone meal, at planting time. And make sure your keep them watered until the ground freezes.
These 6 spring bulbs are the easiest to grow and give you the biggest bang for your buck. There are plenty of choices to choose from for each bulb and planting several varieties will keep your garden in bloom all spring.
Crocus are a wonderful choice for naturalizing or planting in lawns. They are also incredibly easy to grow or force in containers.
Daffodils (Narcissus) have so many wonderful qualities to recommend them. They live longer than you will, with a lot less care. Deer and rodents don't touch them. They come in luscious shades of yellow, cream and pink and many are even fragrant. There are even daffodils that don't require cold weather to set blooms.
Hyacinth come in colors that many other bulbs do not, so it's nice that they bloom in time to mix with daffodils, and tulips.
It's hard to miss a naturalized drift of blue Siberian squill, (Scilla siberica), in the spring. Plant them where they'll have plenty of room to roam, because they will. Luckily the foliage is low and wispy, so you won't have to watch it fade away for weeks after the flowers disappear. Plant them in the lawn, along paths, under trees and in rock gardens and watch your yard turn into a river of blue.
How can you not love a plant that pushes it's way up through snow covered ground. Snowdrops (Galanthus) look deceptively dainty. They can take cold winds and icy temperatures and keep on blooming. They are very long-lived and while they tend to be well-behaved clump-formers, they also spread by seed and you'll find them popping up in surprising places.