Design your garden
Which bulbs go where?
As the Dutch say, “bulbs don’t like wet feet.” Avoid areas where water collects, like at the bottom of a hill or the end of a downspout.
Most bulbs like 6-8 hours of sun. In the spring, even areas that are shady in the summer tend to get a lot of light before the trees fill in. Plant early bloomers in these areas for a welcome pop of color.
Select and buy your bulbs. Pick bulbs that are large and firm with papery skins. Many enthusiasts order specific varietals from online catalogs. If you are a first-timer, most garden centers will have a variety of bulbs to choose from.
Tulips (Tulipa), Daffodils (Narcissus), Grape Hyacinth (Muscari), irises, Crocuses (Crocus), Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis), Glory of the Snow (Chionodoxa forbesii), Wind Flower (Anemone blanda), Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis), and Guinea Hen Flower (Fritillaria meleagris) all make great additions to Minnesota garden designs.
It’ll be hard to decide which ones to buy when they are all right there in front of you. It’s best to go with a list.
Bunch plants together to intentionally to create solid masses of colors.