What Flower Bulbs to Buy

What flower bulbs to buy? This is one of the big questions in the flower bulb garden and here’s a few thoughts on the subject.

If you’re looking for the truly trouble free bulb – buy daffodils. Nothing eats the bulb as the bulbs are poisonous and taste terrible (so kids won’t eat them but once planted they’re out of kids way).

Tulips on the other hand seem to be food for all the creatures of heaven and earth.

Get a wide selection

Get a wide selection of flower shapes, sizes and colours and you’ll appreciate them when they come up in the spring.

If you’re looking for the widest range of colour and you don’t mind fighting off squirrels in the fall then chose tulips. Hint: really soak in the bulbs after planting and see the planting tips under the tulip section to help fight off pests. These come in a wide range of colours, sizes, and bloom times.

If you like to plant annuals in your garden, then buy the bulbs that are rated as early rather than the later-blooming ones. The early ones will be done by the time you want to plant annuals while the later-blooming varieties will still be hanging around.

Bulbs for fragrance

What flower bulbs to buy for fragrance? If you’re looking for fragrance then buy Oriental Lilies. There’s no bulb that can touch these for perfuming the garden. Period!

Dainty bulbs

If you’'re looking for easy small dainty bulbs, then crocus will do the trick.

Impressive bulbs

If you’'re looking for something impressive, try a giant allium.

These four foot monsters with huge purple balls on top of sturdy stems always amaze garden visitors.

Spreading bulbs

Want something that will spread?

Try scilla, snowdrops or bluebells. Those babies will eat lawns for lunch.

So what flower bulbs to buy? I guess it depends on what you want to do with them, doesn't it?

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