October and November are bulb-planting months — the
time to tuck daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and other
spring-flowering bulbs into the soil where they can root
and surprise you with sensational springtime scenes.
you are a beginning gardener or a master gardener, bulbs
add a layer of interest that makes any yard
extraordinary. Think of trees and shrubs as the bones
that structure your yard. Perennials, including bulbs,
dress it up, giving you year-round color when you plan
and plant with seasonality in mind. For instance, there
are early-, mid- and late-flowering daffodils, so avoid
picking varieties that bloom at the same time. A free
print or downloadable digital catalog from Brent and
Becky’s Bulbs — www.brentandbeckysbulbs.com or
877-661-2852 — in Gloucester, Va., provides bulb
descriptions that tell you when each variety blooms and
how to combine bulbs for dramatic results.
great thing about bulbs is that you plant them and then
wait for them to put on a show," says Denise
Hutchins, spokeswoman at Brent and Beck’s Bulbs.
we do get many calls in the winter when there are warm
days and the leaves begin to push through the ground.
Once the bulbs have grown their roots, they will not
freeze due to a chemical that forms within the bulb that
protects them. But, when the leaves seem to come up too
early, they may get nipped by a frost. This will only
cause the tip ends of the foliage to turn yellow, but
will not hurt the flower or the bulb. Fluctuations in
the temperature throughout spring may delay or excel the
bloom time and can cause flowers to bloom on shorter
than normal stems.
for the most part, Mother Nature cares for the bulbs
throughout the winter."
are also good for small garden spaces and containers
because they give you a pop of color and interest
without taking up a lot of room. Again, fall is the time
to prepare those containers of bulbs and over winter
them outdoors, letting Mother Nature provide the care
with minimal assistance from you, adds Hutchins. To
protect pots of bulbs outdoors from cold, freezing
winds, place them in a sheltered, but sunny spot and/or
pile leaves around the pots.
kids, bulbs are one of the simplest and best ways to get
into gardening indoors or outdoors.
wonderful project through the winter is to pot them up
and enjoy during the cold winter months," says
out in the garden when they can go out and look and see
the changes every day and then experience the joy of
seeing their flowers bloom. With great success rates
from growing bulbs, kids can develop a love for
gardening and the natural environment."
lists these best new bulbs at Brent & Becky’s
Prosecco. The first all-pink daffodil is a fragrant
jonquilla with multiple blooms per stem. Very unique in
the daffodil world, she says.
Starlight Sensation. Bred in Gloucester, by Brent and
Becky Heath, it’s a fragrant, creamy white daffodil
with dark green foliage and multiple blooms per stem.
Brownie. The double, early tulip is sweetly fragrant and
features a blend of warm tones. "When Jay and Brent
saw a patch of this blooming in the field in Holland,
they were impressed that you could smell the fragrance
while standing near the field," she says.
Miami. The long-lasting, oval-shaped ornamental onion is
a beautiful flower for late spring/early summer and a
pollinator attractor. Alliums can dry in the garden and
be spray painted, too, for a pop of color all year.
armeniacum Alida. It’s an early-blooming flower with
rich purple coloration that is easy to force bloom
indoors. Great choice for outdoor containers placed
where you can see and enjoy them.
viewing at close quarters, simplicity is pleasing,
according to Tim Schipper, founder of
in twos and threes," he says.
any daffodil — white, yellow, apricot or bi-color —
with blue grape hyacinths, blue squill or blue Glory of
the Snow. For spectacular tulip combinations, consider
blends designed to bloom together. Colorblends.com
offers Tulip Blend Celebration with three tulips in
brilliant red-orange-yellow and Tulip Blend Pillow Talk
with two beautifully-matched tulips in softest pink,
yellow and white. For an especially long-lasting tulip
display Tulip Blend Red Cubed combines three red tulips
that bloom in sequence.
even the smallest yard or garden, there’s always room
to plant a handful or two of flower bulbs. With
crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths and tulips, that’s all
it takes to make an impact in spring."