Brushing Up on Bulbs and Bulblike Plants

Bulbs (and their close kin rhizomes, corms, and tubers) are among the loveliest and easiest garden plants. Examples of bulbs include tulips, hyacinth, crocuses, and daffodils. A bulb's vertical, strap-shaped foliage and stunning flowers add a lively bit of punctuation (think exclamation point) to perennial beds and meadows. Bulbs live for many years. Most of them die back after they flower, spending the winter underground to emerge and bloom again in spring.

Bulbs are considered sustainable because they require little or no care once established. Plus, native bulbs in your garden help preserve wild species and provide sustenance for native creatures. However, never dig bulbs from the wild or purchase dug bulbs from unscrupulous dealers. There's no need to destroy nature to get plants.

Here are some tips for using bulbs successfully and easily:

  • Use bulbs in drifts and masses, or salt them among other small plants. Bulbs belong in meadows, where they add diversity.
  • Many bulbs are among the first plants to bloom in spring. They can be planted in mixed borders for an early show.
  • Many bulbs naturalize, increasing their numbers annually to form sizable, dense populations that need little care.
  • You don't need to dig bulbs up and put them in storage every year. If a bulb needs that kind of treatment, it isn't adapted to your climate.
  • Follow the package instructions on planting depth, which can be critical to their success.
  • Plant bulbs in chicken-wire baskets and cover the soil with wire to protect them from squirrels, gophers, and birds.
  • Allow the foliage of most bulbs to die down naturally to feed the bulb for the following year's performance.

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