Super spring bulb solution

11/04/2011 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Potted hyacinth bring color and fragrance. Photo Rachel Beck.

In the fall I’ve always wanted to plant more bulbs than the daffodils and tulips I already have in my yard, but never took the time to find what bulbs might work best or where to place them in the garden. This year promises to be different, thanks to OSU Extension horticulturist Linda McMahan.

Use pots! Nearly all bulbs sold in the fall work well in pots that stay outdoors, she says. It’s easy to create a stunning display that begins to grow in the fall or middle of winter, then bursts into bloom in the spring or early summer.

“Don’t be afraid to pack the pot full of bulbs,” she said. “Plant a lot of bulbs at different, overlapping levels. You can easily put 20-30 bulbs, sometimes even more, into a pot that is 14–20 inches across. Use bulbs of many different sizes for an interesting display and longer seasonal appeal.”

For more information on what bulbs to plant and how, check out this news release.

Thanks, Linda. Beautiful blooming pots are another good reason to look forward to spring!

~April Beckwith

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