For success with Virginia bluebells the best advice you can follow is to try to replicate their natural habitat. That means full shade to partial shade and moist, humus-rich soil. You can get away with more sun in northern, cooler climates. At the top of their zone (so, zones 7 and 8) plants really need full shade, or at the very most, morning sun, in order to thrive.
You’ll receive Virginia bluebells as bare root plants. They grow from rhizomes, or underground stems. Plant 1-3 inches deep in the spring or the fall. Mulch with composted leaves or finely ground compost. They need consistently moist, but not soggy, soil. Water at the time of planting, and again when you see new growth. Monitor to make sure the soil stays moist during the season after planting.
Plants will bloom in late spring. Pink buds emerge from a cluster of basal foliage (foliage at the bottom of the plant near the ground). Flower stalks grow to heights of up to 2 feet with blooms eventually turning blue upon opening.
As summer approaches, plants turn yellow and eventually die back and go dormant for the summer. If your summer is particularly dry, you will need to occasionally water the area where the plants are planted.