When I think of the seasons, not surprisingly, I think of the plants associated with them. And when I think of the plants, I also think color! The summer harkens images of fluffy white or blue hydrangea and swaths of purple coneflowers and a sea of ornamental grasses. In fall I think of the amazing shades of reds, oranges and yellows leaves of the tree canopy and big orange pumpkins. In winter I think of dark green conifers and red holly berries. And in spring I think of pink, airy cherry blossoms and a rainbow of flowing bulbs.
Now here we are in early fall, surrounded with all the colors of still-lasting summer flowers and the just turning maple leaves. It can be hard at this time of abundant color to remember the joys of those first purple or yellow spring flower bulbs emerging from the white snow or brown muddy earth. And yet, now is the time to prepare and plant bulbs for that great spring moment! We’ve put together a list of bulbs to inspire ones imagination to think forward to the colors of spring long enough to get them in the ground. Then we will let you go back to enjoying the colors of our gorgeous New England fall while sipping apple cider by a glowing fire pit.
All of the bulbs listed are considered deer-resistant except for tulips and dutch hyacinth.
Crocus (Crocus species and cultivars):
Often the first flower out of the ground in spring, this small, delightful flower is available in a variety of blues, purples, white and yellow.
Tulip (Tulipa cultivars):
Tulips are available in any color of the rainbow! Some are single colored with traditional clean lines, some are stripped and some are the feathery jaw-dropping parrot tulips with unbelievable shocks of swirling color such as the Parrot Tulip shown below.
Fritillary (Fritillaria species):
Tall and regal, available in a gorgeous range of purples, pinks, orange and yellow, some single-colored and some multicolored. The image shown is the Crown Imperial which can reach 5′ Ht.
Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica)
Lovely with Hosta in a partial shade area.
Dutch hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis and cultivars):
Beautifully scented, often purple or blue, but also available in white, pink or pale yellow.
Grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum and cultivars):
Easy to grow, available in a range of purpley-blues.
Daffodil and Narcissus (Narcissus species):
A classic spring flower, available in a range of sizes. Be careful not to over crowd them.
Allium (Allium species and cultivars): These are one of my favorites!
Blooms a bit later in spring than other bulbs mentioned here, a very striking focal point, especially the large varieties such as “Gladiator’ or ‘Globemaster’.
The combinations are almost endless. Spend a little time know, during our warmer days to get these bulbs in and in the spring you will be so happy that you did.