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Bulbs - Plant Them Now or Never!




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You are asking yourself - "Why are they talking about Spring bulbs right now?" Well, it's because if you don't get them into the ground before it freezes they aren't going in.  "And what does that have to do with Spring Color?"  Well, it's because if you don't plant them now they won't be blooming next Spring!!!!!
Here's a few tips to help.

 
 13204 Bulb1.  Put color up front.  Bright tulips like the pink Debutante shown below demand a close look.  Planting brights along a pathway gives you a front row view of their changing blooms.  And with them in a such a lovely border there is always something new to see.  If you decide to plant them in the bottom of a large garden pot, make sure it's on a front porch where they will be noticed, or on a patio area where there are chairs nearby.  Try placing them in a staircase pattern.  What does that mean?  Well, in any vibrant border, it's important to use plants that offer a new color at every height for a visually interesting display.

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2.  Use the 3 in 1 rule.
  You can buy and plant the tulips at the same time so completing the border takes only one planting.  To do that start with one 3" wide free form cluster of tulips by using about 5 bulbs per square foot, then surround it with a 1" wide cluster of supporting bulbs.  White tulips like the Mount Tacoma, shown below look most striking when planted in the backyard or on your property edge

 All white color schemes are really beautiful when viewed from a distance.  No color reads better from faraway.  Pairing tall white tulips which grow between 18" & 30" inches with shorter plantings, like the hosta 12 to 15" inches enhances the elegance of an all white border or planter pot.  Each tulip shows about 6 inches of stem, which gives them an especially airy, graceful look.

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When is the perfect time to plant tulips?  Right now!!! Just remember a sunny border or garden pot - go bright or a shady border or planter pot - go white!
 
Read more......How to plant a winter container.
Read more......Winter care for houseplants.





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