Adding bulbs to your landscape is a lovely way to add color to your garden in the Spring. Daffodils naturalize in the Carolinas, as do crocus, iris and many smaller bulbs. Some tulips and hyacinths need to be replaced every year or two, but they put on a lovely show in the Spring. A wide variety of bulbs can be purchased now from catalogs or websites for your garden, and packages of bulbs will start being available in the Fall at many local garden centers.
If you are looking for a way to enjoy bulbs in your garden without planting large drifts of bulbs, choose two or three planters that are at least 12" wide and deep to plant your bulbs in. Place the planters where they will receive sunlight and rain, preferably in a spot that you can see from inside your home.
I've listed several varieties that grow well in containers, and some can be moved to your yard after the bulbs become dormant next summer. In my next article, I'll show you step by step instruction for planting your spring bulb planter.