Best Flowering Bulbs For Your Rock Garden

Spring Bulbs, Fall Bulbs

  • Naturalizing bulbs, Bulbs that come back, Perennial Bulbs, Bulbs for Rock Gardens, Perennial Crocus, Perennial Narcissus, Perennial Tulips, Perennial Galanthus, Perennial Anemones, Snowdrops, Bulbs in Rock Gardens

Rock gardens offer the perfect home for an extensive array of plants including evergreens, deciduous shrubs, perennials, annuals, and flowering bulbs.

A surprisingly large number of perennial bulbs do well in rock gardens, such as snowdrops (Galanthus), crocuses (Crocus), wild tulips (Tulipa), miniature daffodils (Narcissus) and plenty others charming bulbs. They all look stunning tucked against rocks and boulders and despite being small, they can make a great impact. Left undisturbed in the ground, they will emerge year after year, and some will also gently multiply as long as they receive the right light conditions and are planted in soil with the proper drainage.

The following list of perennial bulbs thrive in rock garden conditions and you will be delighted to see them every spring or fall.


While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Plant TypeBulbs, Perennials
Plant FamilyCrocus, Galanthus - Snowdrops, Narcissus - Daffodils, Tulipa - Tulips
ExposureFull Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Water NeedsAverage
Soil DrainageMoist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
ToleranceDeer, Rabbit
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

Compare All Tulipa - Tulips

Compare All Narcissus - Daffodils

Compare All Galanthus - Snowdrops

Compare All Crocus

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Tulipa - Tulips

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Narcissus - Daffodils

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Galanthus - Snowdrops

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Crocus

Guides with Tulipa - Tulips

Guides with Narcissus - Daffodils

Guides with Galanthus - Snowdrops

Guides with Crocus

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