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Combining Flowering Bulbs & Fall Annuals

Michael Nolan
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This year, why not disguise a beautiful secret beneath your cool weather annuals?

The transition from winter to spring is an exciting and sometimes awkward one, but it is possible to create a seamless transformation from cold-hardy annuals to the vibrant beauty of spring flowering bulbs by planting them at the same time. The process, commonly known as layering, can take your garden from fall through winter and right into spring.

Layering bulbs and annuals is a foolproof process that involves a really simple formula (with no math required). First, take a look at the selection of spring bulbs at your local Home Depot Garden Center, paying attention to the planting depth on the package. Select two or more types of bulbs that require planting at different depths. Next, select the annuals you want to enjoy during the fall and winter seasons.

From this point, layering bulbs and annuals is as easy as making lasagna – just do it by layers!

Before you begin, you should make sure that your planting area – whether it is landscape or container – has adequate drainage to meet the needs of your overwintering bulbs. In containers, the easiest way to accomplish this is to have drainage holes and a shallow layer of gravel as a base, followed by a layer of good quality garden soil.

Begin with the bulbs that require planting at the deepest depth and alternate bulbs and soil until you have all of your bulbs planted before finishing off your planting with annuals.

It’s really just that simple to create a gorgeous eye-catching planting that layers bulbs and annuals, ensuring seamless, beautiful color right into spring!

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