Last Updated On: October 12th, 2019
Learn about a few ways to add flowering bulbs to your garden this fall (or spring) with easy design tips in this quick, informative podcast.
Bulbs. You bought them. You're excited to watch them bloom next spring, but you're frustrated because you're unsure how to plan out where to plant them or how to design with them.
First of all, stop worrying. The beauty of gardening is trial and error and understanding that you really cannot mess this up (unless you place them in the ground incorrectly).
Flowering bulbs, like Daffodils, Tulips, Calla Lilies, Allium, and so many others, add color, texture, and warmth to your garden no matter where you plant them, but there are ways to maximize their beauty.
This quick podcast will cover the best ways to add these flowering bulbs to your garden with easy design tips. We won't, however, cover specific how-to steps to plant your bulbs. For a more in-depth bulb planting guide, you might be interested in checking this out. In this podcast (and on the page below), learn about common mistakes for planting garden bulbs as well as some awesome tools and supplies you may need to get started.
This episode is perfect for a beginning gardener or new homeowner who wants to learn useful tips about bulb planting.
Flowering Bulb Design Tips
Below are four great ideas for you to consider when planting your new bulbs. Each of these design tips will be covered in the podcast above.
1) Plant in odd-numbered groupings or mass plantings.
2) Plant large quantities of bulbs by color to create a "river" effect.
3) Plant bulbs in containers with similar or different bulb flowers.
4) Sequence your planting flowering of bulbs continually from late winter into mid-summer starting with Crocus to Daffodils to Calla Lilies.
Popular Bulbs to Plant This Fall
By the way, we only suggest products that we have used ourselves or that have been highly recommended by other gardeners or landscape professionals. For all the bulbs we've recommended, we have a deal for you through one of our favorite suppliers, Eden Brothers.
When you get to the Eden Brothers checkout, because we are affiliates (which means we receive a small commission at no cost to you which helps us run our website and podcast), use our special coupon code "SPOKEN" for an extra 15% off your order!!
Bulb Planting Tools and Books
Now that you're ready to attack your bulb planting CORRECTLY, you may be wondering what tools you could use to plant your bulbs. Luckily, you will only need a few new tools to get the job done. Below we have gathered a few tools and supplies as well as a couple of books that we thought would be useful for you as you prepare to plant your garden bulbs this fall.
We have two tool options for you to consider:
1) For Digging By Hand
If you want to get some exercise, be one with nature, and hand-dig all your new bulb holes, this Tabor Tools 3-piece bulb planting tool set is perfect for you. This toolset includes a bulb planter, a dibber, and a transplanter. The premarked depths on the planter make it really easy to ensure the correct bulb-planting depth which we really appreciate.
This hand-digging method using these tools will take you a bit of time on your hands and knees digging holes (again, depending on how many bulbs you need to plant).
However, if you want to save some time, then you need to consider this other tool!
2) For Faster Bulb Planting
This bulb and bedding plant auger. You will still get some exercise, but if you have less time to work in the yard and/or you have tons of bulbs to plant (like we do this year), then this drill bit is EXACTLY what you need! Using the 3/8 drill bit, this tool can dig holes in all kinds of dirt in so much less time!
Other Recommended Supplies:
Bulb Planting Books
Once you plant your new bulbs, you'll have some time to learn more about what you planted. Or, maybe you need some help planting them correctly to ensure that they actually pop up next spring season!
These books below are great educational references, and spoiler alert....one of these books is ours. We wanted to introduce you to our small eGuide about bulb planting because we think it is really helpful and pretty reasonably priced!
The other book is a fantastic resource that you should have in your collection anyway since you have plants and flowers in your yard!
This mini eBook is chock full of helpful tips and tricks combined with our time-tested garden maintenance experience from over 20+ years of professional landscape experience. If you want to find out more about the book, check out this page.
This is a great reference guide for tons of different perennial and annual plants from the American Horticultural Society.
Conclusion for Flowering Bulbs
Bulbs will enhance your landscape with their beautiful splashes of color.
After planning your design, you will be rewarded in the spring or summer with the beautiful colors, shapes, and sizes of your flowering bulbs!
Best of luck to you and always remember to have fun!
Now we want to hear from you!
Are you curious about any other bulb planting mistakes you may have made? Let us know by leaving a quick comment below. Thanks!
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Learn about the best ways to plant bulbs this fall (or spring) with easy design tips in this quick, informative podcast.
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Adding Flowering Bulbs to Your Garden
In this podcast, you'll learn about 4 ways to design with flowering bulbs that can be followed in the fall or spring planting seasons.
Free Fall Gardening chapter from our ebook, "Four-Season Gardening".
What You'll Learn:
- 4 design ideas for flowering bulbs.
- Recommendations for beautiful bulbs and helpful tools to purchase.
- Links for further resources or education.
Some of the resources and products below may be affiliate links, meaning we might get paid a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase.
- Planting Garden Bulbs eBook - (Learn about the 5 types of bulbs and how to plant each)
- Daffodil: Gardener's Guide and Plant Profile
- Tulips: Gardener's Guide and Plant Profile
- Fall Bulb Planting, Explained- DIY Garden Minute Ep. 15
- Planting Iris Bulbs - DIY Garden Minute Ep. 107