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.
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!
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
Fall Bulb Design: Have Fun!
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.