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Get This Look: 8 Easy Colorful Combos With Fall-Planted Bulbs

Fall-planted, bulbs are easy to grow and create incredible color in the early spring landscape. We’ve put together ideas for beautiful combinations of flowers and form, and show you exactly what bulbs you need to get the look in your garden.

Red Oxford & Golden Oxford Tulips

Warm Sunset Hues

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. 

Tips To Get This Look:

  • 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.
Double Late Tulips

Lush & Romantic Tulips

Late Spring Blooms

Double Late Tulips introduce romance and elegance to any garden. Their large, double-petaled blossoms are full and delicate, resembling peonies. Double Late Tulips perform best when sheltered from the wind and when planted in groups. Use them in flower beds, borders, and containers.

Tips To Get This Look

  • 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.
Tulips, and Hyacinths

Bold Color-Blocked Blooms

Early & Mid Spring Blooms

Planting bulbs en masse in bold color blocks is a great way to create a striking garden design. Color blocking will create 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.

Tips To Get This Look

  • Show off a variety of flower forms by planting a mix of species.
  • Shown here are Tulips, Miniature Daffodils in the front, taller Daffodils in the back, as well as low-growing naturalizing Grape Hyacinths.
Miniature Daffodils and Grape Hyacinths

Contrasting Warm & Cool Colors

Mid Spring Blooms

This fantastic orange and 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. 

Tips To Get This Look

  • Mixed flower forms add a layer of interest
  • Choose one flower bulb species in a cool color such as blue, white, or purple. Pair with a second flower bulb species in a warm color such as orange, red, or yellow.
  • A simple way to achieve this look is by planting one of our flower bulb mixes for a casual, colorful planting.
Tulips and Daffodils

Contrasting Warm & Cool Colors

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. Naturalized plantings like this are simple - mix up your bulbs, toss them into the bed, and plant where they land!

Tips To Get This Look

  • This gardener played with bold colors and combined Lily Flowered Tulips, Darwin Tulips, and Jetfire Miniature Daffodils to create this look.
  • For a balanced look, mix equal numbers of bulbs for each flower in your mix. 
  • Planting bulbs with similar flower heights will give each flower its time to shine.
Tulips, Daffodils, Grape Hyacinths

Bicolor Early Spring Beauty

Mid 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. 

Tips To Get This Look

  • Grape Hyacinths and Daffodils are both deer- and rabbit- resistant. They return reliably year after year and will naturalize and spread over time.
  • Get this look with 25 of each type of bulb, or plant our Woodland Mix for an easy way to achieve this combination in your spring garden.
Crown Imperial, Tulips, and Daffodils

A Sea Of Sunny Color

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. 

Tips To Get This Look

  • Combine similar flower colors for a harmonious, calming effect.
  • Add interest by planting a mix of flower forms. Crown Imperials add an eye-catching element with their pointed petals, which contrast nicely with smooth tulips. Ruffled Daffodils add pops of texture.
Allium Globemaster

Alliums Bridge The Gap Into Summer

Late Spring-Early Summer Blooms

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. 

Tips To Get This Look

  • 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.

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.