Naturalizing Bulbs: A Perfect Addition to Yards
Naturalizing bulbs is a common tip given by expert gardeners. Green-thumb gardeners know the importance of planting bulbs in the fall months, when frequent rains and cooler temperatures allow bulbs to become established. Of the naturalizing plants, only spring-blooming bulbs are required to be planted in the fall.
When bulbs receive the proper care, they become naturalized, which means they will come back year-after-year. This makes bulbs a budget-friendly investment, meaning they will return every season. Many spring-blooming flowers naturalize, which means they naturally multiply on their own, increasing over the years. Some bulbs naturalize as perennials, while only increase for three to four years before subsiding and fading.
Some varieties of tulips and hyacinths are often treated as annuals, but this depends on the climate and planting areas. Naturalizing bulbs are defined as those that adapt so well to their surroundings they multiple annually. While some bulbs may naturalize, others may not due to a lack of diverse growing conditions. Soil, water and climate all play a significant role in whether bulbs will naturalize.
In order to let bulbs naturalize, the plant must be left completely undisturbed once it has bloomed, allowing it to naturally die back. Bulbs use this time to absorb food starches and recharge, storing energy for next year’s blooming cycles.
The following are several types of naturalizing bulbs to consider for yard plantings.
- Ornamental Onion – These alliums are low growing and prefer full sun with well-drained Utah topsoil.
- White Splendour – This anemone produces stunning white flowers with vibrant yellow centers. This spring-bloomer looks beautiful planted under trees.
- Small Camas – This bulb loves damp, wet areas. With white or purplish-blue star-shaped flowers, these are stunning in meadows and lawns. This flower prefers moist Salt Lake City topsoil.
- Pink Giant – Originating from Turkey, this bulb features stunning oversized pink flowers and creates a naturalized carpet of color in the early spring months. This bulb is excellent for landscaping rocks in Utah, especially for rock walls.
- Ruby Giant – This springtime crocus easily accommodates to lawns and under trees. This hardy plant thrives in well-drained Utah topsoil and prefers partial to full sun.
- Winter Aconite – This yellow flower is perfect for shrub borders, under trees and in lawns. Adding splashes of color to any winter garden, this yellow flower looks spectacular.
- Snake’s Head Fritillary – These look stunning clumped in damp meadowlands. This hardy plant loves partial sun and moist soil.
- Snowdrops – This hardy perennial features beautiful white pear-shaped flowers.
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