Lazy gardening with Flower Bulbs
People frequently ask me ‘which bulbs come back for many years once I planted them?’ A good question, and no, this does not come across like you are a lazy gardener. Real lazy gardeners are planting tiles and concrete. Good perennial bulbs are for people who also want to relax in their garden.
To answer this question, here my top 5 Flower Bulbs that will not leave your garden until you dig them.
The Spanish Bluebells (Hyacinthoides)
This is at the back of my house in the vineyard. When I came to live here 30 years ago, they were already there and still their number is growing. You can plant the pink, the blue or the white Hyacinthoides, they all are equally good.
Truly amazing to see the Crocusses cover the yards, roadsides and borders in early spring with their subtle vivid colours. As soon as the snowdrops are fading the Crocusses take over. A delicious amuse for the spring to come.
The Snowdrop (Galanthus)
One of the most famous flower bulbs. Not the easiest one to get them started, when you plant them there always be a good percentage that do not germinate. But once settled they are like diamonds; forever. When you, in the springtime’ run into an opportunity to buy them somewhere ‘in the green’ you should do so. Replanting them in the spring give better result than planting dry bulbs in the fall.
The Daffodil (Narcissus)
Here a picture of our Daffodil collection in 2016 after the bulbs have been in the ground for 6 years. From over 2000 varieties I planted 8 bulbs on a square metre. After 6 years some varieties showed over 100 flowers, that is what I call perennial. When the circumstances are good the Daffodil is indestructible. You should provide them with at least half a day of direct sunlight and if possible, not too much competition from other plants till half of July. When you can create a location like this, along the driveway, on the roadside or in the border you will find an amazing loyal friend in the Daffodil.
No problem to plant a Camassia in the perennial border, she will feel at home. Just like the Daffodil a Camassia is a trouble free Flower Bulb. Plant het on a spot where she can enjoy half a day of direct sunlight and she will reward you, early May, with her heavenly blue for many years to come.
Carlos van der Veek