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Allen Centennial Garden's Favorite Spring-planted Bulbs

Sunday, February 28, 2016
by Kaitlin McIntosh | Public Relations Intern

It’s that time of year again fellow gardeners! Springtime is fast approaching and that means our gardens are starting to wake up. In celebration of spring, we want to share a few of our favorite spring-planted bulbs that will make any garden the talk of the town come summertime.


Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ is one of our favorites. These flowers bloom a vibrant red, which makes it a staple in any garden in need of a pop of color. Planting Crocosmia about three inches deep and about six inches apart allows for the best visual appeal. Crocosmia bloom in late summer, so you will be able to enjoy these bulbs into the fall season! Their unique appearance and color works wonders when it comes to attracting insects for pollination and is sure to be center stage in your garden.


Another fabulous spring bulb is the Gladiolus muriale. These beauties are not your typical Gladiolus—bright white, flamboyant flowers with dark centers add a wonderful layer to the perennial border. For the best show, plant them close together, allowing your garden to experience an abundance of color when many other flowers are fading out of their prime bloom.


The exotic Canna ‘Phasion’ is a remarkable tuber it incorporate into your garden. ‘Phasion’s’ large, iridescent purple and red leaves and tall stalks are the showcases of these tropical plants. Cannas thrive in full sun and appreciate extra moisture throughout the growing season. If you are feeling adventurous and want to plant more than one Canna ‘Phasion,’ make sure they stand around 18 inches apart.


All of these selections should be planted in mid-late spring once the threat of frost has passed, normally early to mid-May here in southern Wisconsin. Plan to dig out these plants overwinter by bringing these selections indoors, and they can be planted outside again the following year. These are three of Allen Centennial Garden’s favorite spring bulbs because they add a new layer of interest and intrigue for established plantings. We recommend Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, a mail-order supplier, if you’d like to incorporate these bulbs in your garden this year.


Photograph by Roberto Leon | Marketing & Outreach Intern

Tags: Garden Display and Design, Green Initiatives

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