How to Plant Bulbs in a Border

Most bulbs prefer free-draining soil, as they like to be fairly dry when dormant. 

Tulips are Early Spring Flowering Bulbs

Tulips are Early Spring Flowering Bulbs

Hardy spring bulbs are a welcome addition to the landscape. The choice of beautiful colors is endless for different shades and flower varieties each year. Crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths, scilla and tulips are just a few welcome in a spring garden.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 1: Point Tips Upward

Set Out Bulbs with Pointed Growing Tip Up

Set Out Bulbs with Pointed Growing Tip Up

Place the bulbs firmly into position with the pointed side facing up and follow the package instructions for spacing.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Position the bulbs in the hole with their pointed tips upward. Discard any bulbs that show signs of disease or rotting.

Step 2: Add Soil

Soil Over

Soil Over

After laying in bulbs, fill in the hole with soil, firming as you go with your fingers, taking care not to damage the bulbs' growing tips.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Fill in the hole with soil, firming as you go with your fingers, taking care not to damage the bulbs’ growing tips.

Step 3: Protect with a Barrier

Critter Barrier

Critter Barrier

Once bulbs are planted, a great way to keep critters from digging them up is to roll out a layer of chicken wire. Remove it as soon as the first shoot appears.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Chicken wire over the planted area will prevent animals from digging them up. Remove it as soon as the first shoots appear.

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