Are you planning on planting some bulbs this fall?
Have you ever seen a flower garden where there is something new happening all of the time? One of my favorites was a garden that had white crocus, followed by daffodils, followed by red and yellow tulips, followed by pink and lavender tulips, followed by pink, then yellow, then white, then orange lilies. Blooming with the orange lilies were purple butterfly plants. I had over 800 bulbs in that one bed. There are a couple of ways to pull this off.
The first way is the method that most people use. You plant a row of say crocus, then a row of daffodils behind it, then a row of tulips, and so on. Eventually, you will run out of room.
The second method is to strategically layer. Here’s a good description from MrBrownThumb.com
Visit your local garden center and buy all the bulbs you’re interested in planting in your garden. Choose a sunny, well-draining section of the garden you want to plant your bulbs in. Take the largest bulbs like tulips, daffodils, lilies and hyacinths and plant them at the recommended planting depth on the packaging. Did you toss the packaging before reading the planting depth suggestion? Well, I generally plant them about twice as deep as they are tall. You can also plant them as deep as the blade on your garden trowel. Can’t find your garden trowel? Just plant the bulbs about 6-8 inches deep.
Once you’ve planted in your large bulbs, cover the bulbs with about 1-2 inches of the same soil you dug out of that hole. Directly over that, you will plant your miniature narcissus, crocus, grape hyacinths, scilla and any other small bulbs that caught your fancy at the garden center. Now fill in the hole with the rest of the soil. It may be a good idea to leave some kind of plant tag or garden marker over newly planted bulbs to remind you not to step or dig there.
In the spring the small bulbs will break dormancy first and begin to flower. By the time the small bulbs have stopped blooming it will be time for the larger bulbs to put on show of flowers in the garden. Keep in mind that bulbs look better planted in masses so don’t plant just one or two bulbs per hole. Plant your larger bulbs in groups of four or more.
Are you gardening on a balcony or patio and don’t have ground you can plant bulbs in?Layering spring-flowering garden bulbs in containers and raised beds works too.
And here is a great step-by-step tutorial from http://gardenforever.com/pages/artLayering.htm
I hope this helps. Happy planting!