Once you have selected your fall-planted bulbs, these step-by-step instructions about when and how to plant will ensure you enjoy picture-perfect results.
PLANTING IS AS EASY AS 1, 2, 3
2. Set the bulb in the bottom of the hole, following the recommended spacing.
3. Replace the soil and completely cover the bulb. Watering is only necessary if the soil is very dry.
Most bulbs look best when they are planted in informal groups, rather than in single rows like soldiers.
DO: Plant in irregular shapes that are roughly rectangular, triangular or circular. This will give your plantings a fuller look and will allow each bloom to be seen from several different angles. See top planting image.
DON'T: Plant in rows that are only 1 or 2 bulbs deep. This will make the planting look sparse and unnatural.
SOIL & LOCATION
Bulbs should be planted in well-drained soil. Avoid soggy areas where water collects. If the soil in your yard is heavy clay, sandy or stony, you can improve the planting areas by loosening the soil and adding peat moss or compost.
If you want your bulbs to rebloom the following year, let the foliage continue growing and die back naturally. Once the foliage has yellowed or becomes brown and dry, it can be removed. If you wish, faded flowers can be cut off after they bloom.