by Amanda

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Some of the tulips blooming in the rectangle bed outside of Hazen and Mary's home.

Our co-workers Hazen and Mary, along with their roommate Rob, wanted to beautify the property around their rental home in South Burlington, Vermont. They knew they wanted to create an easy spring garden that required little time, effort, and money, because they weren’t sure how long they were going to be living at the home. A little design, a little digging, and 1,000 Tulip bulbs later, their vision of a low maintenance spring show of blooms became a reality.

Easy Spring Garden: The Plan

After the roommates decided they wanted to do a mass planting of Tulip Bulbs, Mary set out to design the two main areas. She chose to create a circular trench planting with two different Tulip varieties that would wrap around one another to create a Yin-Yang symbol, as well as a large rectangular trench planting in the front of the home.

Learn How Easy Trench Planting Is Here.

Yin And Yang Trench Planting Varieties:

  1. Triumph Tulip Bulbs Jimmy
  2. Single Late Tulip Bulbs Queen Of The Night
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Triumph Tulip Bulbs Jimmy blooming in the circular bed.

Rectangular Trench Planting Varieties:

  1. Triumph Tulip Bulbs Jimmy
  2. Triumph Tulip Bulbs Blue Moon Mix
  3. Endless Spring Purple Tulip Bulbs
  4. Double Late Tulip Bulbs Purple Peony
  5. Lily Flowered Tulip Bulbs Burgundy
  6. Double Late Tulip Bulbs Mix
  7. Single Late Tulip Bulbs Queen Of The Night

They planted roughly 250 bulbs in the circular bed and 750 bulbs in the rectangular bed.

  1. Red and White Triumph Tulip Bulbs Candy Cane Mix, Tulipa, Triumph Tulips

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  2. Snow White Single Late Tulip, Tulipa Snow White

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    Featuring 30 high-quality bulbs, the Warm Glow Tulip Collection brings radiant red, golden orange and blushing yellow blooms to the mid spring garden. Including 10 each of 'Parade' Darwin Tulips, 'Jimmy' Triumph Tulips, and 'Akebono' Darwin Tulips, this colorful group features easy growers that tolerate both full-sun and part-shade areas. (Tulipa)
  4. Purple Flag Triumph Tulip, Tulipa Purple Flag

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Easy Spring Garden: Planting

Hazen says the planting took them a handful of hours, spaced out into two afternoons. Their roommate Rob helped him dig the trenches, and Mary followed behind, planting the bulbs. They decided to pull the sod up, dig the trench, plant the tulips, fill back in the dirt, and then place the sod back on top to give the planting a natural look that blended right into the lawn. “We had a planting rhythm going for sure, the three of us,” says Hazen. “One of us was pulling the sod while one was digging behind while the other placed the bulbs in the trench. It was so nice how easy it was to get through it all.”

One of the reasons they chose to plant Tulip Bulbs was they knew how easy the process would be. In just a few hours they had planted 1,000 bulbs, enough to create an easy spring garden with huge color.

Easy Spring Garden: The Results

The Rectangular Trench Planting Results

Hazen says the Tulips bulbs planted in the rectangular bed out front are even more amazing than they could have anticipated. Passers-by agree, too. “All of our neighbors come up and tell us how nice it is,” says Hazen. “The mail lady stopped in and hand delivered mail one day and told Mary that it was her favorite stop on her whole route.”

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Neighbors stop by often to tell them how much they love the Tulip planting.
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A Lily Flowered Tulip showing off.
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Hazen says they've had plenty of blooms to cut for endless bouquets.

He adds that they’ve had different colored Tulips popping up and blooming at every stage, with plenty of flowers to cut and create bouquets throughout the spring season. Hazen notes that Queen Of The Night Tulips lasted the longest in a vase.

The Circular Trench Planting Results

The Yin and Yang planting at the back of the property had somewhat mixed results. Although both Tulip varieties came up and bloomed beautifully, they had hoped for it to happen at the same time. He also thinks because the bed is on a slope, that they didn’t account for this and planted the Queen of the Night Tulips a little too deep.

“The Jimmy Tulips (which are shorter) came up and bloomed before the Queen of the Night. They didn’t bloom at the same time,” explains Hazen. “ If I did it again, I would choose something that was the same height and bloomed at the same time … I also think we could have squeezed in a few more bulbs to make the statement a little bit bigger.”

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The Triumph Tulips Jimmy came up and bloomed before the Queen of the Night.
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The planting still looked gorgeous, even if it wasn't exactly as they'd planned.

Even still, the results of both plantings were big, colorful, and eye-catching --- and Hazen says definitely worth the effort.

Easy Spring Garden: Perfect For Renters

Hazen, Mary, and Rob rent their home and it is currently on the market to be sold, so they’re not sure when they’ll have to move out. “That was one of the reasons why we planted bulbs like Tulips and Daffodils, because we don’t know how long we’re going to be there for,” says Hazen. “It’s minimal effort and time to get a big result. If I lived somewhere else I might add shrubs, trees, perennial gardens, and others, but bulbs are way better when you’re not sure where you’re going to be living.”

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Bulbs are an easy, affordable way to make a big impact in a rental space.

Many who rent may often hesitate to tinker with the landscape outside their homes, but all it takes is a simple call in to your landlord. And often, as was the case with Hazen and Mary, the landlord will be enthusiastic. It only brings more value to their property. Sometimes, though, it makes sense to give them details about the planting! Hazen explains, “When we first dug the trench, before we planted the tulips, we got a text asking us who dug the giant trench in the front yard. Our landlord said something to the effect of ‘My wife wasn’t sure if you were burying bodies out there or something.’”

All joking aside, one of the reasons they decided to place the sod back on top of the trench in the front yard was because it is a rental property. Hazen says that the plan at the end of the season, once all of the foliage has died back on the Tulips, is to simply mow it down and have it blend back in with the lawn.

easy spring garden - queen of the night

Easy Spring Garden: Plans For Next Season

Hazen says that if they are still at the property next season, he plans on doubling the length of the rectangular trench planting out front and adding in more bulbs for an even bigger display.

Tulips -- and trench planting -- are a fantastic way to create an easy spring garden with big color and statement for little work. These bulbs are also an affordable and low-impact way to make a rental space your own, without worrying about moving out in a year or so.

  1. Red and White Triumph Tulip Bulbs Candy Cane Mix, Tulipa, Triumph Tulips

    An all time favorite mix of candy cane colors, brilliant reds and whites come into bloom in mid spring. Triumph Tulips Candy Cane Mix lights up any tulip garden with firecracker colo...

    Learn More
    Candy Cane Triumph Tulip Mix Triumph Tulip Cand Cane Mix Tulipa Candy Cane Mix
    $8.65 Sale $6.92
    Per Bag of 10
    An all time favorite mix of candy cane colors, brilliant reds and whites come into bloom in mid spring. Triumph Tulips Candy Cane Mix lights up any tulip garden with firecracker colors.
  2. Snow White Single Late Tulip, Tulipa Snow White

    There are few flowers as simple and sophisticated as a single white tulip, and 'Snow White' Single Late Tulip, with tall stems and deep green sword-like foliage, is quite possibly th...

    Learn More
    Snow White Single Late Tulip Snow White Single Late Tulip Tulipa Snow White
    $10.65 Sale $8.52
    Per Bag of 10
    There are few flowers as simple and sophisticated as a single white tulip, and 'Snow White' Single Late Tulip, with tall stems and deep green sword-like foliage, is quite possibly the queen of all. This late cultivar extends the tulip season in the garden and adds a touch of elegance and effortless contrast to your most creative spring color experiments. An excellent choice for spring bouquets. (Tulipa)
  3. Warm Glow Tulip Bulb Collection

    Featuring 30 high-quality bulbs, the Warm Glow Tulip Collection brings radiant red, golden orange and blushing yellow blooms to the mid spring garden. Including 10 each of 'Parade' D...

    Learn More
    Warm Glow Tulip Bulb Collection Tulip Tulipa
    $29.99 Sale $24.99
    Per Collection of 30
    Featuring 30 high-quality bulbs, the Warm Glow Tulip Collection brings radiant red, golden orange and blushing yellow blooms to the mid spring garden. Including 10 each of 'Parade' Darwin Tulips, 'Jimmy' Triumph Tulips, and 'Akebono' Darwin Tulips, this colorful group features easy growers that tolerate both full-sun and part-shade areas. (Tulipa)
  4. Purple Flag Triumph Tulip, Tulipa Purple Flag

    With clear purple tones, a delicate silky texture, and a versatile height, 'Purple Flag' Triumph Tulip proves that simplicity can be the most powerful tool in the gardener’s handbo...

    Learn More
    Purple Flag Triumph Tulip Purple Flag Triumph Tulip Tulipa Purple Flag
    $9.99 Sale $7.99
    Per Bag of 10
    With clear purple tones, a delicate silky texture, and a versatile height, 'Purple Flag' Triumph Tulip proves that simplicity can be the most powerful tool in the gardener’s handbook. This mid-spring tulip with deep green foliage is your answer for easy, vibrant color pairings. Underplant with low-growing annuals, or simply provide a rich backdrop for other patterned tulips. A stunning cut flower. (Tulipa)
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