How Many Bulbs For That? Designing With Fall-Planted Bulbs in Small and Large Gardens
How Many Bulbs Do I Need? Designing With Fall-Planted Bulbs in Small and Large Gardens
Tulips, Daffodils, and fall planted flower bulbs bring unparalleled color and cheer to the spring garden. The first blooms after winter are always a welcomed sight! As you plan for planting these easy-to-grow bulbs, you're probably wondering, "How many bulbs do I need?"
Whether you’re adding spring color to containers, or want to plant bulbs to fill in your yard with color, the first step in your design is to figure out how many bulbs you’ll need. For projects of any size, see our recommended bulbs per square foot. We’ve also put together examples of some of small and large fall bulb planting scenarios, complete with how many bulbs you’ll need to create each look. Plus, we offer tips on how to make a big spring statement in your garden on a budget!
One of the most attractive things about Fall-Planted Bulbs for small gardens is that they take up such little space. If you're working with a tiny city garden, Fall-Planted Bulbs are an easy way to add big, bold color to the spring garden. They can be planted among your favorite perennials or wildflowers with ease, making it easy to pack in season-long color in a small garden bed.
As you can see, a small garden space can pack a lot of punch with Spring-Blooming Bulbs. Try mixing a variety of bulbs together for a display all spring long, including early Crocus, mid-season Daffodils and Tulips, and late season Allium.
Style 2: Containers
When planting in containers, make sure you give your bulbs enough room - horizontally and vertically - to grow and bloom.
Depending on the variety and size of the container, you can usually fit about 3-16 bulbs per container.
Standard container sizes are usually about 1 square foot, so confirm the recommended bulb spacing for your variety.
If you're looking for a big statement with few bulbs, containers are a great choice. You can also move them easily to fit your garden style for the season.
Shop Fall-Planted Flower Bulbs For Containers and Small Spaces
The Precious Pearls Bulb Collection celebrates the arrival of spring with two picture perfect flowers. The snowy blooms of 'Joan Of Arc' Dutch Crocus are complemented by the showy star-shaped blooms of White Squill to help chase away the winter blues. These bee-friendly blooms provide an early source of pollen. Perfect for containers or massing as a groundcover beneath shrubs and perennials. Bulbs and blooms resist deer browsing. Collection of 70 bulbs.
Love the bright, dependable color that Daffodils bring to the garden year after year but can’t decide which varieties to plant? Our Daffodil All in One Mix is the perfect choice for you! Like all Daffodils, this mixture is deer resistant and extremely easy to grow.
Nodding, checkerboard-patterned blooms in purple and lilac are the most memorable flowers in any spring garden. Their Alice-in-Wonderland charm and short height make them an easy choice for edging walkways and placing in the very front of your garden. Best of all, fritillaria are deer and squirrel-resistant. (Fritillaria meleagris)
If you have a larger space to work with, or even a hellstrip (the green space between the sidewalk and the road) in front of your small city property, you can have a lot of fun with a big display of Tulips, Daffodils, and more.
We'll review four beautful fall bulb plantings with big impact:
Design 1: Tench Planting Around A Tree
Design 2: A Round Bulb Spiral
Design 3: Lining The Front of A Property With Bulbs
A lot of gardeners like to get creative with their spring-blooming bulbs, and a popular way to do this is to create a bulb spiral. Our co-workers Hazen and Mary took the spiral idea and shifted it a little. They created a bulb yin yang with 250 Tulip Bulbs, planting half one variety and half the other.
Although the bed created a colorful statement in the spring, their yin yang didn’t come out quite as planned. They chose two different varieties of Tulips that didn't bloom at the same time (one was earlier than the other). Also, one side of the yin yang was planted on a slope, so the bulbs planted in that section were much shorter than the rest. Next time, Hazen and Mary say they'll choose the same Tulip variety in two different colors and make sure to level out the area before they plant.
Design 3: Lining The Front Of A Property With Bulbs
Create a big splash of color across the entire front of your property. Add curb appeal and brighten up your yard! Trench planting is an easy way to plant a whopping 750 Tulip Bulbs in the fall. Come spring, the colorful blooms welcome guests and passerbys with a cheerful display. When planting a very large number of bulbs, we highly recommend choosing varieties that will bloom in succession, to make the flowers last throughout the season.
Trench Planting is a quick, efficent method for planting lots of bulbs!
The spring display was fantastic.
You will have plenty of blooms to cut for endless bouquets!
We love how this customer turned her "hellstrip" lawn into a fantastic spring display of miniature Daffodils and Tulips. If you're looking to cut back on mowing and maintenance in your hellstrip, try planting perennial Fall-Planted Bulbs like these Daffodils and Darwin Tulips.
Sprinkle one of our Regional Wildflower Mixtures on top for blooms from summer to fall, for a full season display of color that comes back year after year!
Make A Big Spring Statement In Your Garden - On A Budget
We know that many gardeners simply don't have the budget to add 750 bulbs to their property, and that's OK! If you're looking to create a huge statement with a smaller budget, here are some tips for creating big color with little cost (or effort):
Focus on grouping bulbs tightly in one small space that is easily visible. Tulips, Daffodils, Allium, and more are some of the most cherished blooms in the garden. And whether you're looking add these iconic beauties to your balcony, front garden bed, walkways, or anywhere in between, a big grouping almost always looks better than individual plantings. 50 Tulip Bulbs grouped in a small garden bed will create a much bigger impact than spacing them all throughout your garden.
Plant in containers; containers are an easy way to make a grand statement with few bulbs. You can also move them around year to year depending on your mood.
Plant varieties that will multiply each year, giving you added color and bulbs for free! Some of our favorite varieties that naturalize, or multiply and spread each year, are Dutchmaster Daffodil Bulbs, Grape Hyacinths, and Dutch Crocus.
Add a little each year. If you know you eventually want your entire house lined with Tulips or Daffodils, plant 50-100 bulbs each year until you've made it all the way across. Remember to choose perennial varieties so you won't have to buy bulbs each year.
Take advantage of seasonal sales. Once you have a great garden plan, you can make the most of bulbs on sale or bulk purchases!
'Purple Sensation' Allium, sometimes called Persian Onion, is a big favorite, with 4" purple, globe-shaped flowers that appear just before spring gives way to summer. A vivid bloomer, 'Purple Sensation' prefers full sun but will also share its amazing color in partly-shaded areas. Highly attractive to pollinators, but unappealing to deer. (Allium aflatunense)
'Candy Prince' Single Early Tulip delights the senses with romantic lilac-pink blooms and a sweet fragrance. Long-lasting blooms stand atop strong stems, making them excellent for cutting. Sturdy, upright foliage adds silvery-green hues to the spring garden. A great selection for containers or garden beds. 'Candy Prince' blooms early to mid-spring. (Tulipa)