You want to plant bulbs in your garden or containers. Good choice! Bulbs are easy to grow and offer a wide and enchanting array of colors, sizes and blooming periods. But you have some 'homework' to do before you can fully enjoy them.

Don't limit yourself to tulips, crocus and daffodils

There is a plethora of interesting plants such as allium, fritillaria, crocosmia, anemones and many others. They will introduce diversity, originality and structure to your beds or borders.

Muscari Armeniacum, Grape Hyacinth, Bulbs Design, Spring Bulbs, Summer Bulbs, Fall Fulbs, Landscaping Design, Garden Ideas

Muscari

Fritillaria imperialis Rubra Maxima

Fritillaria

Dahlia 'Friquolet'

Dahlia

Crocosmia crocosmiiflora John Boots, Montbretia John Boots

Crocosmia

Prepare a shopping list after considering the 4 following elements

1. Color: what color scheme to use? Mixing bulbs makes a dazzling colorful display, but resist to the temptation of interplanting too many colors.

2. Plant height: what sizes, shapes and silhouettes to introduce interest and structure? Do not hesitate to mix ball-shaped alliums with slender iris or daisy-like anemones with pointy muscari. There are zillions of possible marriages, be creative!

3. Flowering period: what mix of spring bloomers with summer and fall bloomers for a year-around display should I target? Bulbs are Early Spring, Late Spring, Mid season, Summer or Fall bloomers. You have all the possible choice! The following link will provide you with their detailed grouping by season: Which bulbs for which seasons?

4. Climate Conditions: what plants are adequate for your weather conditions? Bulbs can be tender or hardy. Hardy bulbs tolerate, and often thrive, in cool temperatures to produce gorgeous blooms. Tender bulbs do not tolerate cold temperatures. They need to be lifted and stored before the cold weather damages them. However, some tender bulbs may overwinter if the season is mild.

Muscari armeniacum,Tulipa 'David Teniers',Tulipa 'Willem van Oranje',Tulipa Willem van Oranje

Muscari, Tulip David Teniers, Tulip Willem von Oranje