Chicago gardeners, are you looking for a new way to enjoy spring flowering bulbs in your garden next year? Try an ever-blooming bulb border. Planting bulbs in this way will give you a continuous show of spring flowers from late winter to early summer.
Choose a location near a window but away from heavy traffic that isn’t used for piling up snow. Prepare your border by weeding it, adding bone meal and bulb food and cultivating the soil to blend in the bone meal and bulb food. Purchase bulbs that bloom at different times from your local nursery or favorite seed catalogue. Choose your favorites, but remember they must bloom at different times.
Late winter and early spring flowering bulbs include winter aconite, snow drop, glory of snow and grape hyacinth. Early spring flowering bulbs consist of crocus, Siberian squill, daffodil and Siberian iris. Spring flowering bulbs include spring starflower, snowflake, striped squill, snowdrop, bluebell and Christmas rose. Fritillary bloom in midspring. Tulips bloom in late spring. Bearded iris, ornamental onion, star of Bethlehem and carnassia bloom in early summer.
You’re going to establish a planting pattern. Arrange the bulbs in the pattern before planting. First arrange late winter flowering bulbs. Close to them, arrange early spring flowering bulbs. Close to them, arrange spring flowering bulbs. Then arrange midspring flowering bulbs. Next arrange late spring flowering bulbs. Lastly arrange early summer bulbs. Repeat this pattern—late winter, early spring, spring, midspring, late spring, and early summer—until all your bulbs are in place. Follow directions on the packaging for depth. Now you are ready to plant. If you wish, you can add tiny bulbs over larger bulbs because larger bulbs are planted at a greater depth.
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