Education, News  |  September 26th, 2017

Naturalizing Bulbs: Early Spring Bloomers | Kinghorn Gardens

Naturalizing Bulbs

Want to see pops of color poking through the ground when the rest of the garden is still brown from winter? Diversify your spring garden by planting naturalizing bulbs in the fall!

Naturalizing bulbs, with time, can multiply and spread into beautiful displays of color. Lawns, wooded areas, and rock gardens are the perfect home for these bulbs planted in sweeping masses. We love tulips as much as the next guy, but add any of the following for earlier spring color while the rest of the garden is still sleeping.

Crocus in snow


  • One of spring’s first blooms, the leader of the parade
  • Petite flowers close at night and open in the morning sunlight
  • Many varieties that come in shades of purple, yellow, orange, and white

Early Iris / Iris reticulata

Iris reticulata // Early Iris

  • Showy, fragrant, purple flower that multiplies quickly
  • Earliest iris bloomer in spring
  • Hardy, they prefer sun and well-drained soil



  • Drooping, bell-like, deep blue flowers
  • Appear shortly after snowdrops
  • Compliment perennial ground covers such as vinca
  • Great when paired with early blooming narcissus, the display will have a longer bloom time and taller focal points.



Galanthus // Snowdrops

  • May not wait for the snow to melt before emerging as early as February
  • Delicate but hardy perennial that may multiply and spread over time
  • Plant in areas of your garden where you can see them such as your walk or driveway to enjoy all their splendor while it’s still cold outside

These bulbs need to be planted in the FALL for them to pop up in your garden early spring. Contact a #PurplePoloPro to order yours today!

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