Combining Flowering Bulbs & Fall Annuals in the North

Michael Nolan
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It isn’t too early to plant your spring flowering bulbs in the northern portions of the United States. In fact, it’s a great time to get them nestled in for a long winter’s nap! This year, take a tip from expert landscape designers and try combining your flowering bulbs with fall annuals for foolproof color that will last longer and bloom earlier next spring.

Tulips and Narcissus

Flowering Bulbs

PRO TIP: Daffodils are the best go-to if you live in an area that is frequented by bulb-hungry deer. They will steer clear of your beautiful daffodils every time!

You should select a location that gets no less than four to six hours of full sun every day year round. In addition, it is advisable to pay careful attention to how your potential planting area handles water. Do not plant flowering bulbs where water stands at any time. Without consistent drainage, your spring flowering bulbs may rot before they have the chance to bloom.

Let’s start off by pointing out that when we talk about bulbs, the term includes several other plants that are similar but not technically bulbs, including tubers (Lily of the Valley, Bearded Iris), and Corms (Crocus). Many of these plants behave similarly and have quite similar needs, so they are often categorized together and referred to loosely as “bulbs”.

Below we have listed some of our favorite flowering bulbs. To find a complete selection of bulbs and plants perfect for growing in your region, visit your local Home Depot Garden Center.

Cool Weather Annuals

In the north, cold hardy annuals are ready as soon as the temperatures begin to dip. If that’s not you just yet, you should be ready to plant within one or two weeks depending on where you live.

As cool weather annuals are often our only defense against those winter blues, choose bright, cheery colors that will keep you smiling until those first bulbs begin to break the surface in early spring.

Below we have listed some of our favorite cool weather annuals. To find a complete selection of bulbs and plants perfect for growing in your region, visit your local Home Depot Garden Center.

  • Dianthus
  • Nicotiana
  • Viola
  • Pansy
  • Cosmos

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