Bulbs provide a colorful surprise in the xeriscape garden when they bloom in the spring. Many gardeners forget exactly where their bulbs were planted and are delighted to see them appear.
Bulbs are considered drought evaders. Since they store water below ground, they may stay dormant during drought conditions.
Fall is the ideal time for planting your spring-blooming bulbs. When the ground is consistently 50 degrees Fahrenheit and before it freezes, typically from late September through November, it is the time to add bulbs to your xeriscape.
If you don’t already have some favorites in mind, consider the following bulbs that will naturalize and spread:
|Allium – At his website PlantBuzz, Mark McDonough has extensive information about all kinds of allium varieties. Visit Allium Central for more information.|
|Crocus – Among the first flowers to bloom in the spring, crocus sometimes peek up through the snow. They provide a splash of color in a xeriscape garden.|
|Daffodils – Available in shades from white to deep yellow, daffodils also last a long time as cut flowers in your favorite vase.|
|Grape Hyacinth – You can purchase grape hyacinth bulbs in a variety of colors at Amazon.com.|
|Lilies – Asiatic lilies also come in many colors. Read more about caring for drought tolerant lilies in these lily books at Amazon.com.|
|Tulips – Darwin Tulips are among the tallest tulips and they make great cut flowers. To encourage naturalization, after the flowers fade in the spring, clip the flower heads. Let the foliage die back naturally to store energy in the bulb for next year.|
If you are inspired to add these bulbs to your xeriscape, you may want to pick up a bulb planter to help make the job easier. Choose an area with well drained soil and bury lots of these bulb treasures to be discovered in your xeriscape next spring.