Many of spring’s first flowers grow from bulbs planted in fall. However, some bulbs vanish before they bloom, having been devoured by squirrels, chipmunks and deer.
Disappearing flowers won’t be a worry if you plant pest-resistant bulbs such as daffodils and hyacinths. Animals that think tulips and crocuses are candy turn up their noses at dainty lily of the valley or dramatic drumstick alliums. Fall bulbs contain stored nutrients, so each one you plant will produce a robust bloom in the spring.
Plant bulbs so that their tops are covered with two to four inches of soil, with small bulbs planted shallow and big bulbs planted deep. Place a teaspoon of bulb fertilizer in the bottom of each hole to help bulbs establish themselves as permanent garden residents.
Beautiful Bulbs That Deer Don’t Eat:
- Daffodils light your garden with their sunny flowers. Stretch spring by planting early-, mid- and late-blooming varieties. Plant near trees that get winter sun and summer shade.
- Lily of the valley plants like similar sites. Save time by planting in the same hole as daffodils.
- Hyacinths are among the most fragrant flowers and ideal for containers or garden beds near entryways, or outdoor living areas.
- Petite grape hyacinths, or muscari, are indestructible. Plant en masse to bring a burst of blue to the early spring landscape.
- Ornamental alliums produce big lollipop blossoms in late spring, and tall varieties such as Globemaster or Gladiator create a fairyland touch to the garden.
If you must have tulips, choose a yellow-flowered variety, and surround them with yellow daffodils. Sometimes animals can’t tell the difference.