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.

Muscari, Bulbs that naturalize, perennial bulbs


Iris reticulata, dwarf iris, Bulbs that naturalize, perennial bulbs

Iris reticulata

Chionodoxa Forbesii Blue Giant, Glory of the Snow Blue Giant, bulbs that naturalize, perennial bulbs

Chionodoxa forbesii 'Blue Giant

Tulip pulchella Persian Pearl, Tulipa Persian Pearl. Tulipa pulchella, bulbs that naturalize, perennial bulbs

Tulip pulchella 'Persian Pearl'

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.
Muscari, Bulbs that naturalize, perennial bulbs


Ornithogalum nutans

Ornithogalum nutans

Fritillaria meleagris, Checkered Fritillary, Checkered lily

Fritillaria meleagris

Tulipa clusiana chrysantha Tubergen s Gem,Tulipa batalini,Tulipa humilis,Tulipa bakeri,Tulipa clusiana,Tulipa chrysantha, Tulipa dasystemon,Tulipa hageri,Tulipa sylvestris,Tulipa turkestanica,Tulip Species, Rock Garden Tulips, Wild Tulips

Tulip clusiana Tubergen's Gem

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.

Crocus vernus, crocus remembrance


Fritillaria imperialis Premier

Fritillaria imperialis

Anemone blanda White Splendour

Anemone blanda

Scilla Siberica, Siberian Squill

Scilla siberica

Narcissus tete a tete, daffodil tete, dwarf daffodil, miniature daffodil

Mini Daffodil

Galanthus nivalis, snowdrops


Tulipa turkestanica, Tulip turkestanica, bulbs that naturalize, perennial bulbs

Tulipa turkestanica

Puschkinia libanotica

Puschkinia libanotica

Create outstanding and long lasting color shows!

Tulip Orange Emperor, Tulip Purissima, Tulip Yellow Purissima, Tulip combination

Tulips 'Purissima', 'Orange Emperor', Yellow Purissima'

Anemone blanda 'Blue Shades',Tulip Pinocchio, bulb combination

Anemone blanda 'Blue Shades',Tulip Pinocchio

Tulip bakeri 'Lilac Wonder'

Tulip bakeri 'Lilac Wonder'

Crocus vernus 'Pickwick',Tulipa 'Cape Cod'

Crocus vernus 'Pickwick',Tulipa 'Cape Cod'