Order perennial bulbs now for spring color

Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 02:45 PM.

Using bulbs in the landscape

For high impact, plant bulbs in solid masses or large sweeps. To add color and interest to existing beds and borders, tuck bulbs between perennials and deciduous shrubs, where they will bring early color to otherwise dormant areas. Bulbs also work well when planted underneath winter annuals such as pansies and violas, creating a layered effect when they come up to bloom in spring.

Bulbs perennialize best in sunny areas or under deciduous trees. All bulbs prefer to grow in well drained soil, except summer snowflake, which grows quite happily in heavy, moist soil. A general rule of thumb for planting bulbs is to set them at a depth two to three times the size of the bulb; This means small bulbs are only planted 3” to 4” deep, while larger bulbs like daffodils are planted at a depth of 8”. A slow release or organic fertilizer can be worked into the soil at planting time or applied in spring when bulb foliage begins to emerge.

Support the Pender Extension horticulture education program by purchasing high quality, reliably perennial bulbs from the Pender Extension Master Gardener Association this fall. Orders and payment are due by Oct. 16. Bulbs will be available for pick up Nov. 6 from Holy Trinity Church, 107 Deerfied Road, in Hampstead, and Nov. 7 from the Pender Extension Office in Burgaw. Visit pender.ces.ncsu.edu for full details and to download an order form.

Learn more!

Questions about bulbs or other gardening topics? Visit http://ces.ncsu.edu, where you can post your questions via the ‘Ask an Expert’ link, or contact your local Extension office. If you live in Pender County, call 910-259-1238. In New Hanover County, call 910-798-7660. In Brunswick County call 910-253-2610.


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