Fall Bulb Design: Easy, Colorful Combinations

Fall-planted bulbs are some of the easiest ways to add impactful color to your spring garden. As long as you get an extended period of frozen ground (12 weeks or more), varieties like Tulips, Daffodils, Allium, Crocus, and more will thrive in your garden and offer up incomparable color in the early season landscape. On top of being extremely easy to grow, these bulbs are also extremely easy to design with. We’ve put together some of our favorite combinations for fall planting and show you exactly how to recreate the look in your garden.


Red Oxford & Golden Oxford Tulips For Mid Spring Blooms

The Perennial Darwin Tulip Bulbs produce beautiful large 6” pyramid-shaped blooms. The Darwin Tulip is known as the perennial tulip because it comes back year after year. These tulips come in all colors and patterns and are one of the tallest tulips, making them the best tulip for cut flowers. 

You can achieve the look in this photo by planting 25-50 bulbs of each variety (Red Oxford and Golden Oxford Tulips) in your garden. Make sure to mix the bulbs up before planting so you have a nice compilation of red and yellow throughout the garden.

Red Oxford & Golden Oxford TulipsRed Oxford & Golden Oxford Tulips
  1. Yellow Darwin Tulip Bulbs Akebono, Tulipa, Close Up

    This double Darwin Hybrid is from Japan and boasts huge, camellia-like flowers that continuously change from yellow to red. Akebono’s blooms are also sweetly fragrant and the folia...

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    Akebono Darwin Tulip Darwin Hybrid Tulip Akebono Tulipa Akebono
    $11.99 Sale $10.19
    Per Bag of 10
    This double Darwin Hybrid is from Japan and boasts huge, camellia-like flowers that continuously change from yellow to red. Akebono’s blooms are also sweetly fragrant and the foliage is a brilliant green color.
  2. Red Darwin Tulip Bulbs Parade, Tulipa

    Parade is the pure, luscious red-orange perennial tulip. The bright flowers often measure up to 6" in diameter when in full bloom. A Holland favorite....

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    Parade Darwin Tulip Darwin Hybrid Tulip Parade Tulipa Parade
    $9.32 Sale $7.92
    Per Bag of 10
    Parade is the pure, luscious red-orange perennial tulip. The bright flowers often measure up to 6" in diameter when in full bloom. A Holland favorite.
  3. Red Darwin Tulip Bulbs Red Oxford, Tulipa, Darwin Hybrid Tulip

    Red Oxford is America's most popular red Darwin Tulip. Sitting atop tall, sturdy stems, its classic color is emphasized by its perfect tulip shape. Make sure to plant extra of this c...

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    Red Oxford Darwin Tulip Darwin Hybrid Tulip Red Oxford Tulipa Red Oxford
    $33.32 Sale $31.65
    Per Bag of 50
    Red Oxford is America's most popular red Darwin Tulip. Sitting atop tall, sturdy stems, its classic color is emphasized by its perfect tulip shape. Make sure to plant extra of this classic beauty for gorgeous spring bouquets!
  4. Yellow Darwin Tulip Bulbs Golden Oxford, Tulipa, Darwin Hybrid Tulip

    Golden Oxford is the most popular yellow tulip. Its large, cheery blooms with stiff stems make it hard to resist. Great for planting with the Red Oxford....

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    Golden Oxford Darwin Tulip Darwin Hybrid Tulip Golden Oxford Tulipa Golden Oxford
    $31.32 Sale $28.19
    Per Bag of 50
    Golden Oxford is the most popular yellow tulip. Its large, cheery blooms with stiff stems make it hard to resist. Great for planting with the Red Oxford.

Double Late Tulips - Late Spring Blooms

As you can see, this is a completely different look than above, but all done with Tulips! Pair two double late Tulip varieties together for an elegant, charming cottage-garden feeling. Or, plant our Double Late Tulip Mix for an easy way to get this look without having to design it yourself. You can achieve the look in this photo by planting 25-35 bulbs in your garden.

Double Late Tulips introduce romance and elegance to any garden. Their large, double-petaled blossoms are full and delicate, resembling peonies. These easy to grow bulbs bloom in late spring and are available in rich, single-colored varieties, bold bicolors, and gently tinged two-tones. Double Late Tulips perform best when sheltered from the wind and when planted in groups. Use them in flower beds, borders, and containers.

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  1. Double Late Tulip Bulbs Mix, Tulipa, Double Late Tulips

    A knock-out combo of the classic peony flowered Tulips. You get pink Angelique, Lilac Perfection, and white Mt. Tacoma. An incredible show!...

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    Double Late Tulip Mix Double Late Tulip Mix Tulipa Mix
    $8.65 Sale $7.35
    Per Bag of 8
    A knock-out combo of the classic peony flowered Tulips. You get pink Angelique, Lilac Perfection, and white Mt. Tacoma. An incredible show!
  2. White Double Late Tulip Mount Tacoma, Tulipa Mount Tacoma Close Up

    Pink and green buds open to long lasting lush, white double tulip blooms. Looks just like a peony and is a perfect companion to pink Angelique tulips....

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    Mount Tacoma Double Late Tulip Double Late Tulip Mount Tacoma Tulipa Mount Tacoma
    $9.32 Sale $7.92
    Per Bag of 8
    Pink and green buds open to long lasting lush, white double tulip blooms. Looks just like a peony and is a perfect companion to pink Angelique tulips.
  3. Double Late Tulip Purple Peony, Tulipa Purple Peony

    Getting its name from large, Peony-like blooms, this gorgeous double Tulip adds dramatic color to the late spring garden with deep purple blooms. Bonus: Purple Peony’s blooms are a...

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    Purple Peony Double Late Tulip Double Late Tulip Purple Peony Tulipa Purple Peony
    $9.99 Sale $8.49
    Per Bag of 10
    Getting its name from large, Peony-like blooms, this gorgeous double Tulip adds dramatic color to the late spring garden with deep purple blooms. Bonus: Purple Peony’s blooms are also sweetly fragrant!

Mixing Tulips, Daffodils, & Hyacinths

If you’re looking for a more versatile and colorful look in your spring garden, pair early-blooming Tulips and Daffodils with fragrant Hyacinths. Again, there are so many varieties to choose from the sky is the limit and you can play around with height, color, and more. Plus, Daffodils and Hyacinths are deer and rabbit resistant, which is a major plus for low-maintenance gardens. 


Tulips, Miniature Daffodils, & Grape Hyacinths - Early/Mid Spring Blooms

Plant en masse to create bold color blocking for a striking garden design. This is a great way to bring a formal, structured look to your garden, and it's sure to be a conversation starter! You can achieve this pristine look with 50-100 bulbs of each variety.

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  1. Grape Hyacinth, Muscari armeniacum

    When densely planted, the world-famous Grape Hyacinth creates a carpet in vivid blue. Great with daffodils or anywhere for early Spring lush color. (Muscari armeniacum)...

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    Grape Hyacinth Grape Hyacinth Muscari armeniacum
    As low as $14.65 Sale $13.99
    Per Bag of 64
    When densely planted, the world-famous Grape Hyacinth creates a carpet in vivid blue. Great with daffodils or anywhere for early Spring lush color. (Muscari armeniacum)
  2. Yellow Miniature Daffodil Bulbs Tete-a-Tete, Narcissus, close up with hyacinth

    Tete a Tete is the most popular miniature daffodil worldwide. Its fragrant, solid yellow blooms bring cheer to the garden in the early spring. (Narcissus)...

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    Tete-a-Tete Miniature Daffodil Tete-a-Tete Miniature Daffodil Narcissus Tete-a-Tete
    As low as $19.99 Sale $17.59
    Per Bag of 25
    Tete a Tete is the most popular miniature daffodil worldwide. Its fragrant, solid yellow blooms bring cheer to the garden in the early spring. (Narcissus)
  3. Red Darwin Tulip Bulbs Parade, Tulipa

    Parade is the pure, luscious red-orange perennial tulip. The bright flowers often measure up to 6" in diameter when in full bloom. A Holland favorite....

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    Parade Darwin Tulip Darwin Hybrid Tulip Parade Tulipa Parade
    $9.32 Sale $7.92
    Per Bag of 10
    Parade is the pure, luscious red-orange perennial tulip. The bright flowers often measure up to 6" in diameter when in full bloom. A Holland favorite.
  4. Pink Darwin Tulip Bulbs Pink Impression, Tulipa, Darwin Hybrid Tulip, Close Up

    This famous perennial tulip boasts enormous pink blooms that create a knockout statement in the spring garden. They are a pink favorite around the world and make beautiful cut flower...

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    Pink Impression Darwin Tulip Darwin Hybrid Tulip Pink Impression Tulipa Pink Impression
    $15.99 Sale $13.59
    Per Bag of 20
    This famous perennial tulip boasts enormous pink blooms that create a knockout statement in the spring garden. They are a pink favorite around the world and make beautiful cut flowers.

Textured Tulips & Hyacinths - Mid Spring Blooms

This fantastic orange/blue combination is easily re-created with a mix of Tulips and Hyacinths. The texture of both the Tulip petals and Hyacinths make for a fantastic mid-spring showing. Anemones are planted as low-growing blooms in the front. Achieve this look with our flower bulb mixes for a casual, colorful planting.

Miniature Daffodils and Grape HyacinthsMiniature Daffodils and Grape Hyacinths
  1. Gudoshnik Double Late Tulip, Tulipa Gudoshnik

    Gudoshnik Double Late Tulip is a designer bouquet just waiting to be picked. Large peony-like blossoms in silky brushed scarlet, rust, butterscotch, and gold weave together in tousle...

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    Gudoshnik Double Late Tulip Gudoshnik Double Late Tulip Tulipa Gudoshnik
    $10.65 Sale $9.59
    Per Bag of 10
    Gudoshnik Double Late Tulip is a designer bouquet just waiting to be picked. Large peony-like blossoms in silky brushed scarlet, rust, butterscotch, and gold weave together in tousled blooms that will delight in the garden and vase. A late spring bloomer save a special spot for these sumptuous flowers. Each bag includes 10 bulbs. (Tulipa)
  2. Darwin Tulip Bulbs Spring Essentials Mix, Tulipa, Darwin Hybrid Tulip

    The latest and best mix of Darwin Tulips. With new colors being added all the time, this mix has the best of old and new....

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    Spring Essentials Darwin Tulip Mix Darwin Hybrid Tulip Spring Essentials Mix Tulipa Spring Essentials Mix
    $18.65 Sale $15.85
    Per Bag of 25
    The latest and best mix of Darwin Tulips. With new colors being added all the time, this mix has the best of old and new.
  3. Blue and White Hyacinth Bulbs Delft Blue Mix, Hyacinthus orientalis, Hyacinth

    Love the cool, dramatic look that blue blooms bring to the garden? Our Hyacinth Delft Blue Mix is perfect for you! Coming in all shades of blue, this mixture brings beauty and sweet ...

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    Delft Blue Hyacinth Mix Hyacinth Delft Blue Mix Hyacinthus orientalis Delft Blue Mix
    $9.32 Sale $7.46
    Per Bag of 6
    Love the cool, dramatic look that blue blooms bring to the garden? Our Hyacinth Delft Blue Mix is perfect for you! Coming in all shades of blue, this mixture brings beauty and sweet fragrance to the spring garden. Be sure to plant extra for bouquets.

Lily Flowered Tulips, Darwin Tulips & Daffodils - Mid Spring Blooms

As you can see with this bold, colorful, and natural planting, you can create an entire garden bed with just Tulips and Daffodils and make it look interesting. This gardener played with bold colors and combined Lily Flowered Tulips, Darwin Tulips, and Jetfire Miniature Daffodils to create this look. Depending on the size of your garden, you could recreate this look with as little as one bag each of these varieties, up to as many as you’d like.

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  1. Orange and Yellow Miniature Daffodil Bulbs Jetfire, Narcissus cyclamineus, Daffodil

    This dwarf daffodil has deep yellow petals and a corona that ranges from orange to red, creating floral fireworks when it blooms. (Narcissus cyclamineus)...

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    Jetfire Miniature Daffodil Daffodil Jetfire Narcissus cyclamineus Jetfire
    $9.32 Sale $7.92
    Per Bag of 8
    This dwarf daffodil has deep yellow petals and a corona that ranges from orange to red, creating floral fireworks when it blooms. (Narcissus cyclamineus)
  2. Orange and Yellow Large Cupped Daffodil Bulbs Scarlet Ohara, Narcissus, Large Cupped Daffodils

    Bold Scarlet O'Hara adds dramatic flair in mid-spring. Sunny yellow petals frame the flashy-orange cup adding cheer to your garden, patio, or balcony. This large cupped daffodil is m...

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    Scarlet Ohara Large Cupped Daffodil Large Cupped Daffodil Scarlet Ohara Narcissus Scarlet Ohara
    $9.32 Sale $8.39
    Per Bag of 8
    Bold Scarlet O'Hara adds dramatic flair in mid-spring. Sunny yellow petals frame the flashy-orange cup adding cheer to your garden, patio, or balcony. This large cupped daffodil is more than just good looks with its resistance to deer, squirrels, and rabbits. Long-lasting flowers add fragrance to your garden and make great cut flowers to enjoy inside. (Narcissus)

Miniature Daffodils & Grape Hyacinths - Early Spring Blooms

This is a favorite combination of ours and an instant way to turn your early spring garden into a showpiece. Both the Grape Hyacinths and most Miniature Daffodils are fragrant, making for a total sensory experience. Get this look with 25 of each type of bulbs, or plant our Woodland Mix for an easy way to achieve this combination in your spring garden.

Tulips, Daffodils, Grape HyacinthsTulips, Daffodils, Grape Hyacinths
  1. Golden Bells Daffodil, Narcissus bulbocodium Golden Bells

    'Golden Bells' Miniature Daffodil charms with dainty golden cups atop stars of small basal petals. Cheery, upward-facing blooms extend the daffodil season from late spring through ea...

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    Golden Bells Daffodil Golden Bells Miniature Daffodil Narcissus bulbocodium Golden Bells
    $9.99 Sale $8.99
    Per Bag of 12
    'Golden Bells' Miniature Daffodil charms with dainty golden cups atop stars of small basal petals. Cheery, upward-facing blooms extend the daffodil season from late spring through early summer. Once established, each bulb can produce up to 15 flowers for masses of buttercup yellow color. Their dwarf size and narrow leaf blades make 'Golden Bells' ideal for naturalizing in lawns and meadows. (Narcissus bulbocodium)
  2. Woodland Bulb Mix, Woodland Mix of Daffodils and Grape Hyacinths

    Allow this woodland mixture to naturalize your springtime space with bold color. Ice Follies Daffodils and lush Grape Hyacinths make a stunning show....

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    Woodland Mix Woodland Mix Of Daffodils & Grape Hyacinths Woodland Mix Of Narcissus & Muscari
    $10.65 Sale $8.84
    Per Bag of 12
    Allow this woodland mixture to naturalize your springtime space with bold color. Ice Follies Daffodils and lush Grape Hyacinths make a stunning show.
  3. Blue Grape Hyacinth Bulbs Peppermint, Muscari, Grape Hyacinth

    Soft blue blooms fade to white at the tops and create a unique statement in the spring garden. Grape Hyacinth Peppermint’s blooms are also fragrant and unappealing to deer! (Muscar...

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    Peppermint® Grape Hyacinth Grape Hyacinth Peppermint® Muscari Peppermint®
    $13.32 Sale $11.32
    Per Bag of 36
    Soft blue blooms fade to white at the tops and create a unique statement in the spring garden. Grape Hyacinth Peppermint’s blooms are also fragrant and unappealing to deer! (Muscari)
  4. Yellow and White Daffodil Bulbs Pipit, Narcissus jonquilla, Daffodil

    Pipit is a vigorous daffodil within the Jonquilla family, known for multiple blossoms on each stem and dark green, tube-shaped leaves. Its white cup and yellow and white petals are ...

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    Pipit Daffodil Daffodil Pipit Narcissus jonquilla Pipit
    $5.99 Sale $5.69
    Per Bag of 8
    Pipit is a vigorous daffodil within the Jonquilla family, known for multiple blossoms on each stem and dark green, tube-shaped leaves. Its white cup and yellow and white petals are vibrant and add an accent to any garden. Pipit has a smaller head size but is not a mini daffodil. Its fragrance is delightful and makes a great cut flower for arrangements. Plan to pick blooms in mid spring. (Narcissus jonquilla)

Double Daffodils, Darwin Tulips & Crown Imperial - Mid Spring Blooms

By adding a unique variety like Crown Imperial to your Tulip and Daffodil planting, you can elevate the look and whimsy of your garden bed. This gardener used Double Daffodils, Tulips and Crown Imperial to achieve this colorful look. Although this garden is planted en masse, you can create the same look with one bag each of these varieties.

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  1. White Emperor Tulip Bulbs, Tulipa, Emperor Tulip

    This tulip defines elegance with its huge pristine white blooms and fragrance. It's the first to bloom in spring and the perfect companion tulip for Red Emperor. (Tulipa fosteriana)...

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    White Emperor Tulip White Emperor Tulip Tulipa White Emperor
    As low as $8.65 Sale $7.35
    Per Bag of 10
    This tulip defines elegance with its huge pristine white blooms and fragrance. It's the first to bloom in spring and the perfect companion tulip for Red Emperor. (Tulipa fosteriana)
  2. Yellow Double Daffodil Bulbs Tahiti, Narcissus, Double Flowering Daffodils

    Elegant double flowers of the Daffodil Tahiti in the perfect mix of gold and orange open to an almost rose-like bloom. Reddish-orange interior markings give this classic yellow daffo...

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    Tahiti Double Daffodil Tahiti Double Daffodil Narcissus Tahiti
    As low as $9.99 Sale $8.99
    Per Bag of 8
    Elegant double flowers of the Daffodil Tahiti in the perfect mix of gold and orange open to an almost rose-like bloom. Reddish-orange interior markings give this classic yellow daffodil its tropical twist. Simply beautiful! (Narcissus)
  3. Yellow Crown Imperial Bulbs, Fritillaria lutea, Crown Imperial

    Downward facing, yellow bell-shaped blooms are 'crowned' with spiky green foliage to make an impressive display in the spring garden. Low maintenance Crown Imperial plants reach heig...

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    Yellow Crown Imperial Crown Imperial Yellow Fritillaria lutea
    $11.32 Sale $9.06
    Per Bag of 1
    Downward facing, yellow bell-shaped blooms are 'crowned' with spiky green foliage to make an impressive display in the spring garden. Low maintenance Crown Imperial plants reach heights of 2 to 3 ft. and produce enormous, showy flowers. Sun lovers. (Fritillaria lutea)

Alliums Bridge The Gap Into Summer

Alliums are a later-blooming Fall-Planted bulb, meaning it looks great paired with perennials like Bearded Iris, Poppies, and more. This sculptural beauty also looks fantastic planted in rows or groups on its own. Alliums are available in varying heights, so you can mix them or plant them in rows. We recommend planting 12 or more bulbs in one spot to create a whimsical look in the early summer garden.

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  1. Purple Allium Bulbs Summer Drummer, Allium, Persian Onion

    The Summer Drummer Allium is dramatic and showy. The large 8” flower ball is made up of tiny florets in purple and white. Besides its large blooms it’s highly fragrant and stand...

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    Summer Drummer Allium Flowering Onion Summer Drummer Allium Summer Drummer
    $11.99 Sale $9.59
    Per Bag of 2
    The Summer Drummer Allium is dramatic and showy. The large 8” flower ball is made up of tiny florets in purple and white. Besides its large blooms it’s highly fragrant and stands 4-5’ Tall on green stems that mature to maroon. Alliums are long lasting and bloom in late spring to early summer. Best if used for backs of borders or as a focal point. (Allium)
  2. Purple and White Allium Bulbs Purple Blend Mix, Allium, Persian Onion

    Create a unique statement in your garden with the Allium Purple Blend Mix. Large, 4-6" intense purple blooms of Purple Sensation stand tall at up to 32" tall are accented by Graceful...

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    Purple Blend Allium Mix Flowering Onion Purple Blend Mix Allium Purple Blend Mix
    $29.99 Sale $22.49
    Per Bag of 30
    Create a unique statement in your garden with the Allium Purple Blend Mix. Large, 4-6" intense purple blooms of Purple Sensation stand tall at up to 32" tall are accented by Graceful Alliums smaller 2-3" flowers that grow up to 16" tall. These alliums together are a must-have for any early summer garden. Mix includes 5 Allium Graceful and 25 Purple Sensation.
  3. Yellow and Purple and White Allium Bulbs Rainbow Mix, Allium, Persian Onion or Mountain Bells

    The Rainbow Allium Mix features small, brightly-colored allium, all under a foot tall. Blooming in a cheerful spring time palette of vivid pinks, whites and yellows, this color-coord...

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    Rainbow Allium Mix Flowering Onion Rainbow Mix, Mountain Bells Allium Small Flowering Rainbow Mix
    $7.32 Sale $5.49
    Per Bag of 30
    The Rainbow Allium Mix features small, brightly-colored allium, all under a foot tall. Blooming in a cheerful spring time palette of vivid pinks, whites and yellows, this color-coordinated blend makes a showy late-spring display.
  4. Purple Sensation Persian Onion, Allium aflatunense Purple Sensation, close up of purple allium flowers

    '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...

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    Purple Sensation Allium Purple Sensation Persian Onion Allium aflatunense Purple Sensation
    As low as $9.99 Sale $7.99
    Per Bag of 10
    '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. Deer resistant. (Allium aflatunense)

Have Fun With Your Fall Bulb Design!

We like to say that Fall Bulbs are as easy as “Dig, Drop, Done,” which means that you can put the extra time into really planning your design. The actual planting won’t take more than an afternoon so have fun creating a spring garden that represents you and your favorite colors.

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