Next spring may seem like a distant faraway time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning for it now. If you were disappointed this past spring with the lack of blooms the entire spring or certain times this past spring there is no better time to start planning than now!  Planning for blooms all spring is important no matter how far away spring is.

Bulb Assortment

When shopping on websites like Holland Bulb Farms and Tulip World you can search for items by bloom time. This filter can be helpful to determine when certain items you are interested will bloom. Keep in mind that bloom times are somewhat general. For example, bloom times can be listed as Early Spring, Mid Spring or Late Spring. This can be confusing if you are trying to relate the bloom time to the month the flowers will bloom during as different regions have different bloom times based on temperature differences. I am in hardiness zone 5 and generally, early spring is considered late March or early-to-mid-April. However, in a warmer climate such as Texas, early spring may be considered late February to early March depending on the weather. If you are not sure when blooms typically start appearing in your area to determine when early and late spring is, you may be able to find information for bloom times on a local botanical garden website. Another option would be to reach out to your local county extension office, or to create a garden journal and document when different flowers were blooming in your garden.

To ensure you have flowers blooming early, mid and late spring the folks over at Holland Bulb Farms have created 3 new garden collections to bloom during those specific times! Each collection has an assortment of bulbs in different heights and colors which can be planted together or spread out through the garden to fill in empty spaces. Continue reading for additional details on each collection.

Early Spring Blooms

Early Spring Blooms Collection

Every year in late March to early April I get very excited when I notice little crocus blooms peeking through the snow. It generally means the snow is going to melt soon or is in the process of melting very soon! Having bulbs blooming in the early weeks of spring should not be overlooked, but often can be; so many flowers start blooming in mid-spring–you may forget about filling the garden with the early favorites. The Early Spring Blooms Collection has flower bulbs that are true classics and staples every garden should have. Included in the collection are 190 bulbs. While many of the bulbs in this collection are short in height this collection will provide plenty of colors to fill your garden spaces with early spring color.

The first item to bloom in this collection are the snowdrops. They are called snowdrops because they tend to grow and bloom through the snow. Blooming almost at the same time as the snowdrops are Glory of the Snow, which also has a tendency to bloom and grow when there is still snow on the ground. Shortly after the snowdrops and glory of the snow finish blooming the botanical crocus that are included in the collection will appear. Staying low to the ground with dainty blooms, crocus provide a wonderful ground cover and are great to include under perennials and low growing shrubs. To add a little height, Rapture Miniature Daffodils are included in the collection. While they may not be as tall as traditional daffodil varieties, they do grow 6-12″ and will be the tallest item in the collection. Rapture Daffodils are one of the earliest daffodils to start blooming in spring. If all of the bulbs in this collection were planted in one area of your garden they would cover a little over 10 square feet. Therefore, if you are planning on planting the bulbs in a rock garden, retaining wall, or under a tree, you can plan that one of these collections will fill in 10 square feet.

Mid Spring Blooms

Mid Spring Blooms Collection

Mother Earth is fully awake by the middle of spring; many trees, shrubs, and perennials are blooming and leafing out. Spring-blooming bulbs put on an amazing show in mid-spring and one could say they are the stars of the spring bloom show! When planning for mid-spring blooms finding flowers to bloom in this timeframe is relatively easy as many tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, fritillaria and muscari bloom during this time. If your garden is new and you don’t have any blooms, this collection of mid-spring blooming flowers will create a good start to your spring garden. Perhaps your garden is established but lacking color in mid-spring? If that is the case this Mid Spring Blooming collection has an array of colors and heights to provide a complete garden. You can certainly plant the items in this collection in various locations through your yard; however, the items in this collection blend together especially well for a complete garden.

If you plan on planting all of the bulbs in this collection in one area they will cover approximately 12 square feet. Depending on the space you are going to plant them in will determine how you arrange the bulbs, but just remember you will want to be sure they are planted in a way that the tallest varieties do not overshadow the shortest.  In this collection, the Pink Impression Tulips are true pink tulips with large blooms and tall 18″ stems. I suggest planting the Pink Impression Tulips in the back of the planting area, as they will be taller than the other items in the collection. The Carlton Daffodil is a classic yellow variety of daffodil that will have a similar height to the Pink Impression Tulips but are a tad shorter. You can mix the Carlton Daffodils and Pink Impression Tulips together towards the back of the planting bed, or plant the daffodils a little in front of the tulips as they are a bit shorter. I like to plant my bulbs in groups of 5 bulbs per planting hole, this can be done with the tulips, and daffodils in this collection. Hyacinths are one of the sweetest scented flowers in spring and are essential to any mid-spring garden plan. Aiolos Hyacinths are white and fragrant, growing approximately 8-12″ tall. I suggest planting 3 hyacinths in each planting hole and staggering them in front of the Carlton Daffodils. In the foreground of the flowers, the true blue flowers of the muscari can be planted. Muscari also are fragrant, the blue blooms will complement the yellow and white flowers of the daffodils and hyacinths.

Late Spring Blooms

Late Spring Blooms Collection

Late spring blooms often blend into early summer blooms. The flowers in this collection bloom at the earlier part of late spring, which is typically mid-to-late May and early June. There are fall-planted bulbs like Bearded Iris and Allium that bloom even later than the flowers in this collection. If you want blooms at the very end of spring and early summer planting bearded iris, peonies and allium is suggested. Similar to the mid-spring blooming collection the late spring blooming collection has bulbs in a variety of heights and colors and covers approximately 10 square feet. The bulbs in this collection can be planted in one location and arranged according to height or can be spread out through the garden in areas you need a little late spring color.

The tallest flowers in the late spring blooms collection are the Purple Dream Lily Flowering tulip; they have deep rich blooms with pointed petals. Plan to place the Purple Dream Tulips in the back area of this flower garden. Since yellow and purple are complementary colors, the Yellow Cheerfulness Daffodils will blend well with the Purple Dream Tulips towards the back of the planting area. Blooming slightly later in the collection are the Neopolitanum Allium, with white, whispy clusters of flowers. Although they are not incredibly short, they should be planted in front of the tulips and daffodils so they can be seen. The shortest flowers in this collection are Grecian Windflower which has daisy-like blooms in blue, white and pink. If you were planting this garden in a circle you could plant the tulips and daffodils in the center of the circle, with the allium surrounding the tulips and daffodils and the Grecian windflower in the front–it would make a beautiful and complete late spring garden combination!

It’s Never Too Early to Start Planning

If you aren’t ready to buy bulbs for fall planting now, you can still plan! Take notes in spring when flowers are blooming and what you like. Make notes of the empty spaces in your garden you need to fill in. Start a Pinterest board of garden ideas and items you would like to buy in the future, that way you can easily look back at items you can include in your plan. If you like being prepared pre-ordering your fall bulbs now for fall planting will ensure your plan will come to life and you will have blooms early, mid and late spring! Hopefully, these garden collections will help inspire you to create a blooming garden that provides continuous color for weeks and months in spring!