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Which bulbs to plant for flowers in the Spring, with photos of snowdrops,dwarf iris and crocus flowers.

Updated on September 16, 2013

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Spring flowers bring colour to a garden and at after the long winter months they are a joy to see when they start to flower. in England the first flowers to push through the soil and to herald the start of spring time are the snowdrops. Snowdrops are different to other bulbs in that they are planted just after they have finished flowering in the spring time, this is called planting in the green and refers to the fact that they still have there leaves on. Most bulbs, but not all are planted in the autumn months when the bulbs are dormant and appear almost dead, they are 'resting'in their pre-growth stage.

It is easy to plant bulbs and when you buy them they will be supplied with planting instructions. These will tell you how deep to plant them and also how far apart.

Bulbs look nicer planted in small groups rather than in regimented straight lines. It is generally thought that planting in odd numbers looks better and more natural then in even numbers.

You can dig a hole to plant the bulbs in but if they are small varieties then you might find it easier to make the planting holes with a gardening tool called a dibber. Most garden dibbers are supplied with measurements marked on the side so that you can check that you are planting the bulbs to the correct depth,

Snowdrops in Flower.

Photo:snowdrops in flower.
Photo:snowdrops in flower. | Source

Springtime Flowering Bulbs.

The Snowdrop.

In England the snowdrop is the first flower to break through the soil after the cold spell of winter.

With its delicate white petals (which are sometimes marked with green -depending on the variety planted). the snow drop marks the beginning of the spring bulbs flowering season. It brightens a patch of the garden usually well before any of the other bulbs have begun to make us aware of their presence. It lifts our mood with a promise that spring is on the way and the colourful bulbs will soon follow this dainty white messenger of spring. Although the snowdrop appears fragile it is well equipped to cope with being in flower at such an early stage of the year.

Crocus Flowers.

Photo: Spring Crocus Flowers.
Photo: Spring Crocus Flowers. | Source

The Cheerful Spring flower - Crocus.

Crocus Bulbs.

The crocus comes in cheerful colours as well as in the white and striped varieties. It is simple to grow and can be planted in the autumn and forgotten about until it bursts into flower. T

his is a cheap and cheerful bulb and a good starting point if you have never grown bulbs before. It will just die back after flowering and resurface next spring usually in a bigger ‘group’ than you planted. The colours range from white through to deep purple, the egg-yolk yellow ones add colour to the garden at a time of year when we are grateful for bright colours. The purple and white striped varieties are very attractive.

My Dwarf Iris Flowers.

Photo:   Purple Dwarf Iris flowers in my garden.
Photo: Purple Dwarf Iris flowers in my garden. | Source

Dwarf Iris - Elegant Spring Flowers for the Garden.

The Dutch Dwarf Iris.

When in flower the Iris has petals that are reminiscent of a 'rich velvet’ and the colours are deep and jewel like as the example in the photograph demonstrates. These bulbs need to be planted in the autumn of the year – September – October time. They remain invisible beneath the earth until in the spring their delicate looking leaves push through. These first signs of growth are quickly followed by the arrival of the flowers. Plant as pack instructions, putting them either singly or in groups of three looks best.

Planting Bulbs.

Tulips garden spring flower which is available in many colours, shapes and sizes.


Tulips come in a vast array of colours, shapes and sizes.

Colour wise they range from a pure white to a purple so dark it almost looks black. The shape can be traditional or fancy with frilled edges. The variety of tulip ‘Black Parrot’ combines the dark colour with the frilled petals. It is traditional to lift tulips after they have finished the spring flowering season when the leaves have died back. However if you wish to leave them in place, then plant then them deeper than usual and in ‘tightly spaced group’. it is a good idea to mark where they are planted with a tag so that you do not inadvertently dig them up when they are not visible above the soil.

Daffodils and Narcissus Bulbs.

Daffodils are available in a array of height and bloom sizes which vary from the dwarf types to the taller ones.

Daffodils will naturalize if planted in grass. However the leaves must not be mown down after the flowering period is over. Daffodils need to keep their leaves in tact until they wilt and die. This is to restore their energy reserves to enable them to form their flowers next year. This needs to be factored in if you are planning a new garden with bulbs in the lawn. You need to put them in an area that you do not mind leaving un-cut until the leaves have died back naturally.

Daffodils are planted in the autumn months and will follow on to flower after the snowdrops and dwarf iris blooms.

Follow the planting instructions given when you purchase them. I do not like to see them planted singly and for some reason as with most planting they look best planted in odd numbers rather than even,so three or five in a group rather than two or four,

You can leave them in the ground to do their own thing in future years. Most of the time they will produce larger clumps in following years. If they become too congested or take up too much space then you can split the ‘group’ and re-plant them. Or dry out the bulbs and store until you re-plant them in the autumn months.

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    • 2uesday profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Thanks Cathi for such a lovely comment, pleased you enjoyed this hub.

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      Cathi Sutton 

      10 years ago

      2eusday, what a great Hub on bulb flowers! I love daffodils, and mine are blooming now, as I wait for my "naked ladies" to also bloom. The tulips with the frilled petals sound WONDERFUL! I've never seen them! Thank you for a real good Hub! I always enjoy reading you so much! And the photos are beautiful!

    • 2uesday profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Thank you Micky - now take care you hear,

      no taking risks on the cycle rides

      wether it is foggy or clear.

      Thanks Micky -for reading and leaving a poetic comment for me. Daffs are not flowering here just yet - tulips are in bud but still green. We may yet have more snow as in other parts of the UK. So no gardening for me - yet for awhile. :)

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      Micky Dee 

      10 years ago

      I love all these flowers. I've planted them. And-

      Sometimes I get thrills from racing down hills,

      On a fog covered road laced with daffodils.

    • 2uesday profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Itakins that sounds lovely - over 1000 daffodils must be a sea of gold. I am going a bit green now with envy - not really you deserve - a good show of daffs after planting so many. See people like you give to nature - where others might exploit. That will be hub for another time. - I think it was the native american indians that believed we are just guardians of the earth and it cannot belong to anyone. You have certainly enhanced your corner of the planet - with your "host of golden daffodils". :)

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      10 years ago from Irl


      Living in a woodland,where choice is limited in many ways,

      I planted 1000 daffodils, mixed varieties, ten years ago, on top of what was already here.They are really coming into their own now,although definitely slower than last year.They have certainly naturalised now-:)

      I have to admit ,I let them do their own thing although it does delay grass cutting-a plus from my point of view:)

    • 2uesday profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Yes timoruos that sounds like a good idea - to drape the daffodil leaves to the back of the border. I have never been one to sacrifice plants in favour of a tidy flower bed. If I have to split and divide plants even the ones that are greedy for space I try to find a new home for. Thanks again.

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      Tim Nichol 

      10 years ago from Me to You

      That's it... We'll have a "Be kind to daffodils" week. :)

      It's true, the yellowing leaves get a little untidy looking. For daffodils (in the garden bed), I drape the leaves toward the back of the bed and place a small brick or rock on top to hold them in place, so as to make room for planting annuals.

    • 2uesday profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Thank you Varenya, tim-tim and Timorous for reading and leaving a comment here.

      Thank you - Varenya the flowers were all photographed in my garden in the last few weeks, I was tempted to add daffodils and tulip photos but they are not out here yet.

      Thank you tim-tim - snowdrops are lovely to see as to mean they mean the winter is ending.

      timorous thank you - you are right about the bulbs needing the leaves left on to re-energise the bulbs that produce the flowers for next year.

      I mentioned daffodils as they seem to be the ones that get 'attacked' by over zealous gardeners the most. I think it is because they hang onto their leaves for longer - or are more noticable than the other bulbs when they are just a clump of leaves and no longer have flowers.

      Over the years I have seen some odd attempts to make the daffodils leaves look tidy. This includes leaves folded over and tied in a knot/an elastic band to hold all the leaves together in a 'bunch'. Probably the worst for the bulb is when someone actually cut the leaves off at ground level in the border or mows straight over them in a lawn. Maybe we need a be fair to daffodils campaign. :) Thank you timorous.

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      Tim Nichol 

      10 years ago from Me to You

      Ahh..spring... My favourite time of the year (until hay fever comes calling). That time of year when nature makes a brand new start, and perennials come back to life. Even now I can see several clumps of tulips coming up (no flower stems yet), and the grass is starting to green up. Yay!

      I'm glad you pointed out the importance of letting the leaves of daffodils turn brown after the blooms are gone. This applies to all spring-flowering bulbs I believe, as they derive some of their energy from the leaves for use the next year.

      Nice hub, 2uesday.

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      Priscilla Chan 

      10 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Love spring flowers! Thanks for sharing. I think I might have some Snowdrops too:)

    • Varenya profile image


      10 years ago

      A loveable hub! In this season, there are some of my favourites flowers, such as the crocus and the iris.

      Beautiful photos!


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