11 Spring-Blooming Bulbs

As long as your soil isn't frozen, you still have time to plant these gorgeous spring bloomers. Imagine how your yard will look in spring, and bury a few of these bulbs now.

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
  • allium hollandicum,or purple sensation,in spring

    Succession of Blooms

    Spring bulbs brighten the garden from the depths of winter to the beginning of summer. The first out is always the snowdrop, often pushing its pale little flowers through a layer of snow. At the end of the season, alliums come into their own, heralding the start of summer with their globelike purple flowerheads, floating above early perennials.
    Pictured: Allium 'Purple Sensation', 3 feet tall. ideal growing condition: full sun; moist, well-drained soil

  • grape hyacinth is example of spring bulb

    Grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum)

    Mature size: 8 inches tall, 2 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun to partial shade

  • tulipa,or princess irene,is example of spring bulb

    Tulip 'Princess Irene'

    Mature size: 14 inches tall and 4 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun, well-drained soil

  • scilla siberica is example of spring bulb

    Scilla

    Mature size: 8 inches tall and 2 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun to part shade; moist, well-drained soil

  • crocus corsicus is example of spring bulb

    Crocus

    Mature size: 4 inches tall and 2 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun, well-drained soil

  • narcissus,or canaliculatus,example of spring bulb

    Daffodil 'Canaliculatus'

    Mature size: 6 inches tall and 2 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun to part shade; moist, well-drained soil

  • narcissus,or Tete Tete,is example of spring bulb

    Narcissus 'Tete-a-Tete'

    Mature size: 6 inches tall and 2 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun to part shade; moist, well-drained soil

  • hyacinthus orientalis is example of spring bulb

    Hyacinth 'Blue Jacket'

    Mature size: 8 inches tall and 3 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun to part shade, well-drained soil

  • fritillary is example of spring bulb

    Fritillary

    Mature size: 2 feet tall and 4 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun, well-drained soil

  • tulipa sprengeri is example of spring bulb

    Tulipa sprengeri

    Mature size: 20 inches tall and 4 inches wide. Ideal growing conditions: full sun, well-drained soil

  • snowdrop is example of spring bulb

    Snowdrop

    Mature size: 4 inches tall and wide. Ideal growing conditions: part shade, moist soil

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

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