Blossoms that come in the first signs of spring

Nine Flower Bulbs For Minnesota Gardens

Fall is the best time to plant flower bulbs in Minnesota. But when you are looking at their papery skins at the garden center, how will you know what blossoms will reward you in the spring? Here are nine gorgeous spring perennials that you can plant every weekend until Halloween.

Trumpeting yellow spring daffodils.

1. Daffodils (Narcissus)

Boisterous daffodils announce the new season in a with a bright yellow trumpet. They are easy to cultivate and come back year after year.

Pale blue, heart-shaped flowers with a white center.

2. Glory of the Snow (Chionodoxa forbesii)

Pale blue, heart-shaped, with a white center, this early spring bloom is originally from the alpine regions of Crete, Cyprus, and Turkey.

Bell shaped bring purple flowers grow in clumps on the end of long stems.

3. Grape Hyacinth (Muscari)

These ultraviolet trumpets grow in clumps and will reward you with a carpet of color in the spring.

Dappled scarlet flowers with an eye catching texture.

4. Guinea Hen Flower (Fritillaria meleagris)

This uncommon bulb is known for its checkered or mosaic pattern, reminiscent of the feathered texture of the Guinea Hen.

Vivid purple petals with a shock of yellow.

5. Irises

The beauty of irises is, without question, their painterly violet petals with a shock of yellow, which inspired Vincent Van Gough to start a series of groundbreaking flower paintings.

Light purple flowers in the spring snow.

6. Crocuses (Crocus)

These precocious flowers are among the first sign of spring in Minnesota, thrusting their blooms through the crust of snow.

Nodding white flowers.

7. Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)

White, bell-like flowers look elegant against the snow in the final weeks of winter.

Delicate purple flowers.

8. Wind Flower (Anemone blanda)

Delicate petals dance in an early spring breeze.

Yellow, red, and purple flowers in a garden at sunset.

9. Tulips (Tulipa)

And finally, tulips. Treasured for their beauty, tulips come in over 3,000 registered varieties.

Ready to get digging? Take a look at our Garden Guide.

How to Plant Flower Bulbs in Minnesota

Step-by-step guide to planting fall flower bulbs in Minnesota. Once planted, most bulbs need little maintenance and will reward you with a show of color every spring.

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