Friday, November 30, 2012

Choose the right spring bulbs for your garden

By Katharine Fletcher

How to pick the best specimens for a bloom-filled spring show

Want to plan ahead to banish those end-of-winter blahs? Plant spring bulbs! These cheerful harbingers of sunshine and warmth are easy to grow. Nonetheless, some tips are helpful.

Flower bulbs come in all shapes and sizes—as do the plants they produce. Consider tulips, for instance. They can be dwarf or tall, while flowers sport wildly different shapes and colours. Some have feathery petals (parrots), others feature bunches of blooms on single stems. There are bulbs that produce short blooms such as crocus, snowdrops, grape hyacinths, chionodoxa and scilla. Others, like hyacinths and daffodils, can be tiny or tall. Amid all this choice, how can we choose?
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Read the full story on the Canadian Gardening website.

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