Highlighting your lawn with bulbous flowers during spring or fall will bring a beautiful touch to any garden.
Here’s how to plant some bulbs in your lawn for each season.
During the fall, prepare the winter show by planting crocus bulbs with small or large flowers in generous layers.
Use a bulb-planter to facilitate the task, and place at the bottom of each hole between 3 and 5 bulbs.
If the soil is moist, add a handful of coarse sand. It’s also a good idea to press the bulbs down up to 3-4 times their minimum diameter. Avoid spots that are too dry.
Eranthis, with their chunky gold buttons, also like to be in sparsely populated and partly shaded lawns. You can mow their locations as soon as you see the bulbous yellowed leaves, around April or May. The seeds will then spread out and complement the expansion of your bulbs.
You can count on many bulbous plants installed in the fall to prepare for an unforgettable experience in the first year and even more memorable one each year thereafter.
Choose hyacinths, and especially multiflora forms, for more naturalistic looks. Avoid the larger calibers in favor of a good amount, to avoid an unpleasant sight.
Bet heavily on daffodils, specifically the shorter varieties derived from botanicals (e.g. Thalia). As with most high horticultural forms, prefer varieties with single flowers.
Then bury the bulbs deep, with the height of an iron spade, and group them by three for faster effect.
The same goes for botanical tulips on finer turf. Shorter ones will work better. Wild tulips enjoy semi-shaded areas and fresh soil when it forms.
For a shorter grass and fresher land, try the Erythroniums, tucked nicely and with a yellow cyclamen. Let the leaves turn the appropriate color before mowing (May or June).
Just before Summer rolls around, it’s the turn of the beautiful Camassia to bloom. They’ll thrive and rapidly grow on fresh land.
Later, they can be succeeded by the blue balls of Brodiaea flowering plants. You can wait for the end of June or early July to mow these locations without damaging the yellowing leaves. You’ll allow these bulbs to replenish their precious reserves and favor an abundant flowering next year.
As soon as the first rains of late summer water the dry land, you’ll find blooming crocuses with long pink necks. But be careful, as these plants are highly toxic. Also be aware that they’ll continuously develop until the following spring a disproportionate foliage. Better to regroup them into dedicated areas where mowing will be avoided for several months (until April/May).
Under a partial shade, like the cover of tall trees, cyclamens and sternbergias will be great to work with in late October. These easygoing flowers are planted usually in the summer. Foliage appears before winter and lasts until spring. They’ll form a beautiful patchwork of irregularly mottled leaves.