Bulbs that naturalize contribute so much to the garden! Once planted, they produce more flowers every year. Even nicer: they also produce more bulbs! They generate new bulblets all on their own, and many kinds reproduce by seed.
This makes these little garden treasures highly prized for gardens, patios and balconies. Since they evolved over thousands of years to survive natural conditions, living on, year after year in a garden is a snap for these hardy bulbous plants. After flowering, the bulbs remain alive beneath the surface of the soil and simply produce flowers again during the next growing season. That’s what makes them so delightful.
Nice to know things about naturalized bulbs
- For bulbs that naturalize, choose a planting location that will not be spaded and where they can be left undisturbed to ‘do their thing’. This will maximize their performance and give you the best display.
- Insects love them; bumblebees, for example, are frequent visitors. Even when nothing else is in bloom, the early bulbous plants are already providing them with enough nectar.
- These are low-maintenance plants providing significant viewing pleasure with little work.
Some nice bulbs for naturalizing
Many kinds of bulbs can be used for naturalizing. Here are some of them: Snowdrop (Galanthus), Crocus, Crown Imperial (Fritillaria imperialis), Checkered Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris), Grecian Windflower (Anemone blanda), Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica), Striped Squill (Puschkinia libanotica), Grape Hyacinth (Muscari), Dwarf Iris (Iris reticulata), Mini-daffodils (Narcissus), Nodding Star-of-Bethlehem (Ornithogalum nutans), Glory-of-the-Snow (Chionodoxa), Botanical tulips.
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