Bulbs are my secret gardening weapon. And it doesn't hurt that many of my favorite plants happen to be bulbs. If you dream of a garden bursting with color, but you kill every plant you come in contact with, bulbs are the answer.
I planted a ton of bulbs in my first garden – tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, snowdrops, allium, and crocus. And they kind of spoiled me. I thought gardening was easy. It wasn't until I tried planting other things that bulbs might be easy, but gardening was not.
You literally dig a hole, drop in a bulb, and that's it! Come Spring time, you'll have colorful surprised popping up all over your yard. You don't even have to water them… it's that idiot proof. The only issues I ever had with bulbs was that squirrels, rabbits, and deer absolutely loved to nom my tulips. I solved that problem by planting the tulips right up next to the house and planting the less tasty bulb varieties out in the yard.
Aside from being the most no fuss plant I can think of for the garden, bulbs can bring a little Spring time color in the middle of winter by "forcing" them! My mom forces an amaryllis every year, and there's nothing like those giant red trumpet shaped blooms to scare the winter blues away. Bulbs for forcing (or traditional planting) would make a great gift for the holidays.
Step 4 – Check out the Planting Guide that shows you how to plant your bulbs.
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Oh, what I would do with $5000 for my yard. I'd be tempted to do a whole yard of jonquil daffodils. Jonquils have a bunch of smaller blooms on one stem and they are the BEST smelling flower on the planet. I'm not much for perfume, but if they made something that smelled like jonquils, I'd drench myself in it.
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