Designing With Bulbs

Bulbs adapt to a myriad of settings. Imagine drifts of daffodils and snowdrops meandering through a small garden meadow of grass and annual wildflowers, or lush clumps of trilliums nestling beneath deciduous trees among random patches of forget-me-nots and woodland ferns. Imagine cheery pink-flowered tufts of rhodohypoxis bursting from cracks between flagstones in a garden walkway, or symmetrical patterns of yellow tulips of precisely the same height, underplanted with blue violas and surrounded by a low hedge of dwarf box. Imagine a diminutive clump of tecophilaea with its indigo-blue flowers sparkling in a rock-garden niche, entryway planters displaying clusters of red-orange clivia blossoms among dark green leaves, or large and small dahlias running riot among the bright perennials of a summer border.

This section will help you discover dozens of new ways to use bulbs in your garden and in your home. But it aims even higher—to help you broaden the scope of your bulb plantings by augmenting your garden’s natural growing conditions. This can be useful in any climate area, but is especially useful where the climate or soil is inhospitable to many bulbs. Although not every bulb grows well in every garden, your garden may offer far more possibilities than you think.