Create a Blooming Spring With Little Water

by Amanda

Drought and limited water resources have become a challenge for gardeners throughout the country.

However, this does not mean that gardeners with limited water resources cannot enjoy beautiful blooms – It is all about choosing the right plants.

Daffodils and Tulips
 
Mixed varities of Daffodils and Tulips are beyond easy to grow, requiring very little from the gardener to get spectular blooms.

Fall-Planted Bulbs such as Daffodils, Tulips, Allium, Crocus, and more are extremely drought-tolerant and only require initial watering when they are first planted, producing gorgeous blooms come spring.

Spring-Bloomers actually prefer as little water as possible; watering them too much could cause rot.

“Spring-flowering bulbs fall under the ‘one and done’ mantra, meaning they do need to be watered at the time of planting, and then they are done until spring, Plant your bulbs this fall, and then give them a good dose of water, enough to reach the base of the bulbs. This initiates root growth. After that, let Mother Nature take her course.” Amy Dube, flower bulb expert for educational campaign Dig. Drop.Done.
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Shades of red and pink brighten up any garden, and are a pleasent reminder that spring is here.
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Crown Imperial stands tall next to handfuls of tulips, making a grand spring garden statement

Fall-Planted Flower Bulbs require little attention and are the first "true" signs of spring, blooming miraculous shades in every color, illuminating the early season garden. They are truly the solution to the dry garden; this fall, plant your favorite early bloomers to make your garden pop with unique choices such asFritillaria, and Allium. Or go with the spring garden classics like red tulips,yellow daffodils or fragrant Hyacinths, and other beautiful spring-blooming bulbs, watering initially to set the bulbs in the ground.

Enjoy the winter months dreaming of your spring garden and one morning you will step outside to the hopeful green shoots of your Fall-Planted Bulbs.

Happy Gardening!

  1. Red Hunter Tulip or Wisley Tulip, Tulipa linifolia (Batalinii Group) 'Red Hunter'

    Red Hunter Tulip, also called Wisley Tulip, features brilliant red flowers around a black center. Starting Tulip season with a pop of color and blooming longer than most species tuli...

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    Red Hunter Tulip Red Hunter Tulip or Wisley Tulip Tulipa linifolia (Batalinii Group) 'Red Hunter'
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    Red Hunter Tulip, also called Wisley Tulip, features brilliant red flowers around a black center. Starting Tulip season with a pop of color and blooming longer than most species tulips, its mid-to-late spring flowers are surrounded by narrow, upright, silver-green leaves. Plant at the front of the garden or in containers, where the scarlet flowers and attractive foliage will catch your eye. Winner of the RHS Award of Garden of Merit. (Tulipa linifolia Batalinii Group)
  2. Apricot Impression Darwin Tulip, Tulipa Apricot Impression

    Graduated pink and tangerine blooms top a stately 22-inch stem in ‚Apricot Impression‚ Darwin Tulip, creating a glowing effect in beds and borders. These large, softly ra...

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    Apricot Impression Darwin Tulip Apricot Impression Darwin Tulip Tulipa Apricot Impression
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    Graduated pink and tangerine blooms top a stately 22-inch stem in 'Apricot Impression' Darwin Tulip, creating a glowing effect in beds and borders. These large, softly radiant blooms are held on slender but strong stems in mid-spring. Like many Darwin tulips, 'Apricot Impression' has a long-lasting bloom season, allowing the gardener to get the most from the planting, and making a great choice for the cut flower garden! (Tulipa)
  3. Peppermint Stick Tulip, Tulipa clusiana Peppermint Stick

    Treasured for its dual-toned blooms and a tendency to return year after year, ‚Peppermint Stick‚ Tulip is a low-growing species tulip with plenty of punch in a petite fra...

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    Peppermint Stick Tulip Peppermint Stick Tulip Tulipa clusiana Peppermint Stick
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    Per Bag of 15
    Treasured for its dual-toned blooms and a tendency to return year after year, 'Peppermint Stick' Tulip is a low-growing species tulip with plenty of punch in a petite frame. In mid-spring, the delicately pointed blooms reveal pure white centers flanked by outer petals with a red-pink reverse. 'Peppermint Stick' is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner and naturalizes in a well-drained, sunny spot. (Tulipa clusiana)
  4. Dark Blue Specie Iris, Iris reticulata Dark Blue

    This dazzling-blue Iris is often the first sign of spring, popping up in the early months and blooming quickly, growing to be only 4-6” tall. This Specie Iris is perfect for a ...

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    Dark Blue Specie Iris Dark Blue Specie Iris Iris reticulata Dark Blue
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    Per Bag of 25
    This dazzling-blue Iris is often the first sign of spring, popping up in the early months and blooming quickly, growing to be only 4-6” tall. This Specie Iris is perfect for a border garden and is lovely planted in clumps, returning year after year. (Iris reticulata)
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