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Brighten Up Your Garden From January Through May with Colorful Flower Bulbs

Spring bulbs, Hyacinthoides, Iris reticulata, Muscari, Scilla, Allium, Anemone, Chionodoxa, Galanthus, Tulipa, Narcissus

Spring bulbs, Spring bulbs, Hyacinthoides, Iris reticulata, Muscari, Scilla, Allium, Anemone, Chionodoxa, Galanthus, Tulipa, Narcissus, Spring Garden

Every season has its own special charm in the garden. But after a bleak autumn and cold winter, every gardener can hardly wait to see those colorful flowers in bloom again. Simply because they put a smile on your face. And also, perhaps, because their arrival announces the coming of spring when growth and flowering in the garden really take off. Did you know that spring-flowering flower bulbs can brighten up your garden from January through May? Every month, you’ll be greeted by the beauty of different varieties.

January: A Challenge Met

The Winter Aconite (Eranthis) and Snowdrop (Galanthus) are the first to meet the challenge of January’s icy weather. These brave little plants will even push their way through the snow to display their flowers. Subtle white snowdrops and bright yellow winter aconites have to be the real harbingers of spring.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 8
Plant Type Bulbs
Genus Tulipa, Narcissus, Muscari, Hyacinthus, Galanthus, Fritillaria, Allium, Crocus
Season of Interest Spring
Winter

February: More Flower Bulbs Emerge

In February, the number of different spring-flowering bulbs showing their faces quickly rises. This is the month when several kinds see it as time to emerge from their winter slumber. Crocuses (Crocus), Cyclamens (Cyclamen), Dwarf Irises (Iris reticulata), and Spring Snowflakes (Leucojum vernum) are adding sparkle to the garden.

March: A Burst of Color

March is the month when the garden enjoys a real burst of color. That’s when colorful flower bulbs like Daffodils (Narcissus), Glory-of-the-Snow (Chionodoxa) Striped Squill (Puschkinia), and the Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica) appear and greet us.

April: When Tulips Reign Supreme

In April, you can enjoy the most popular flower bulb of all: the Tulip (Tulipa). You’ll see them flashing their spectacular colors and unusual shapes wherever you look. The tulip is also joined in April by Fritillaria (Fritillaries), Bluebells (Hyacinthoides), Hyacinths (Hyacinthus), Grecian Anemones (Anemone), Grape Hyacinths (Muscari), the Nodding Star-of-Bethlehem (Ornithogalum nutans), Star Flowers (Ipheion) and Summer Snowflakes (Leucojum aestivum). Meanwhile, the perennials are also starting to grow: a wonderful combination with the flower bulbs. This is the month when the garden fills with the delightful scent of grape hyacinths and hyacinths – a scent that also has an irresistible attraction for bees.

May: Bulbs Are Still Adorning The Garden

Summer is already in sight, but the last spring-flowering bulbs are still adding a touch of elegance to the garden in May. Ornamental onions (Allium), Poppy Anemones (Anemone coronaria), Lilies-of-the Valley (Convallaria), Dutch Irises (Iris hollandica), and Camassias (Camas) conclude the colorful spring bulb season.

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Garden Examples

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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.

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