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.
Simplicity With Tulips
If you’re looking to add cheerful, easy color to your garden, there are so many varieties of Tulips that you can achieve an expertly-designed look simply with Tulip bulbs. Pair early, mid, and late season varieties together to compliment your color scheme and style. Here are some of our favorite Tulip examples:
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 it 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Double Late Tulip Foxtrot has petals with a soft white line in the center that turns blush pink with rose pink edges. The edges are slightly ruffled making the tulip look full and lush similar to a peony. Plant in a border, or on a sunny patio in pots. Makes an excellent cut flower for bouquets. (Tulipa)
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.
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. Achieve this look look with our flower bulb mixes for a casual, colorful planting.
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)
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.
Miniature Daffodils & 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.
'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)
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)
One of the most iconic spring garden looks is done by pairing Tulips and Daffodils together. You can have fun with different colors, textures, and heights with the dozens of varieties available out there. Here are some of our favorite ways to combine these two classic varieties for a unique spring garden:
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.
From soft plum to vibrant rose, our Tickled Pink Tulip Collection has been carefully selected to provide elegant pink tones to the garden from mid to late spring. This generous collection showcases several Tulip forms, and includes the pure white ‘Mount Tacoma’ to provide contrast and sophistication. The Tickled Pink Tulip Collection includes: ‘Pink Impression,’ ‘Elegant Lady,’ ‘Burgundy,’ ‘Mount Tacoma,’ and ‘Mascotte.’ Plant in full sun to partial shade. Great cut flowers. 54 bulbs total. (Tulipa)
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)
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.
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)
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)
'Orange Van Eijk' Darwin Tulips are bright coral, brushed with strokes of blush pink and orange, for a truly unique bloom. These mid-spring blossoms are long-lasting in the garden, and make excellent cut flowers. Darwin tulips bloom well for several years, making them a good choice for gardeners seeking a reliably perennial tulip. (Tulipa hybrid)
Allium is 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. Allium 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.
In early summer Drumstick Allium ignite the garden with unique, reddish blooms that are oval shaped. One customer says it best: "Their shape adds a different dimension to any garden." (Allium sphaerocephalon)
Add unique, long-lasting blooms to your garden with the Shades of Allium Collection. With intriguing rounded flowerheads made up of hundreds of tiny, star-shaped florets, Allium come into bloom in late spring and last deep into summer. This colorful mix includes 25 burgundy-magenta 'Drumstick', 10 snow white 'Graceful' and 10 bright violet 'Purple Sensation' allium bulbs. Deer resistant. (Allium)
Allium atropurpureum is an heirloom variety with deep purple-red flowers. Blooming late spring to early summer on sturdy 2-to-3-foot stems, each half-globe blossom holds dozens of star-shaped florets buzzing with bees and butterflies. Seed heads remain in the garden, adding interest long after flowers fade. An excellent cut flower, both fresh and dried. Bulbs will multiply and spread over time.
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.