Plant Spring Bulbs Now for Summer Color

Dahlia_'Vulkan'Bulbs are an easy way to get color in your yard each summer.  They don’t require much care, and they produce beautiful flowers year after year.  But you have to be on time when it comes to planting them. Knowing their schedules can keep you in charge of the beautiful flowers that provide the look and smells you’re after.  It’s a good idea to check with your local nursery or garden center about the specific bulbs that would be ideal to plant during spring. If you plant too early, or too late; you will not get to enjoy them come the summer months of the season.

The ideal planting time for spring bulbs throughout the Twin Cities is late April/early May, so ensure that you have chosen the right bulbs to put in. Some of the varieties include:

  • Lily of the Valley varieties
  • Liliums (the true lilies)
  • Dahlias (many varieties)
  • Gladiolas
  • Caladium
  • Begonias
  • Wildflowers, including wild lilies

Lilium_LollypopPlanting can be done in the spring when the soil is hardy and you have enough compost to feed them. Getting them in the ground, germinated and ready to go will ensure that towards the later end of spring and early summer; you’ll have beautiful flowers popping out of the ground all around your home.

If you are eager to get started, consider planting some varieties inside in pots and then transplanting them outside later on. (Some will even do well as container plants.) Speak with your nursery regarding which flowers would thrive the most started this way.  They can point you to the items you’ll need to start planting, and the ideal variations of flowers to plant. Sticking to the planting schedule can ensure that they do bloom come the warmer months of the year.  (For a guide to very specific spring bulb planting instructions as well as recommended planting times, click here.)

Now is the perfect time to plan landscaping changes throughout your yard. Get a jump start now when you design and plan ahead of time. Then your yard will be ready to enjoy come summer.  Speak with us here at Architectural Landscape Design about getting the necessary planning you need to have done, and having us come out and install it when the time comes.  We are a licensed MN landscape design and installation contractor serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin.