Five Best Spring Bulbs to Plant in Maryland
Spring is always a popular season to start planting your bulbs in your summer gardens. While most flowers need to be planted in the fall, there are still several bulbs that you can plant in the spring for later blooming.
Spring-planted bulbs produce some of the most dramatic garden color with minimal effort. Tuck them among your perennials to create a fuller looking bed, or create a special 'patterned' bulb garden to wow your neighbors. Many of these bulbs are ideal in containers; use them to liven up your porch or deck. And don't forget to plant extras for cut-flower bouquets!
This article will cover the five best spring bulbs to plant in Maryland
Best Spring Bulb One: Anemone
Anemone, also known as Windflower, is a plant with low-growing foliage and gorgeous upright flowers. Planted from bulbs, Anemones are available in a variety of colors, heights, and bloom times. Most are tolerant of half-sun/ half-shade sites and average soils, while some varieties do well in either full sun or full shade. Anemones can be left to spread as a flowering groundcover, or contained in pots for growing on patios and doorsteps. Deer resistant.
Best Spring Bulbs Two: Begonia
Begonias are beautiful spring bloomers that offer rich color all season long. Requiring shade and regular feeding, most people grow them in patio pots, window boxes, or other places where they can be easily tended. They're also perfectly happy in the ground in shady areas, as long as the soil is rich and well-watered. Begonia blooms can reach a spectacular 5 or 6" across, appearing on short plants that are rarely over a foot tall. Many gardeners start the plants indoors in pots, and they can also be taken in and enjoyed as houseplants when frost threatens in the fall.
Best Spring Bulbs Three: Dahlias
There's simply no flower you can grow that will reward you with more blooms for as little work as the Dahlia. In just a single season, Dahlia plants will grow as full and lush as a mature rose bush, opening their brilliant blooms towards summer's end. You can find them in a variety of sizes, unique colors, and unexpected flower shapes. The hard part is deciding which lovely cultivar should grace your garden. Above all else, Dahlias are productive - so be sure to have your garden shears on hand for creating impromptu bouquets!
Best Spring Bulbs Four: Caladium
Perfect for lending color to shady garden beds and patio container gardens, Caladium are easy to grow and slow to fade. Use them to create a tropical landscape feel by mixing them with big, bright blooms, or transform a favorite outdoor sitting spot into a personal paradise by surrounding yourself with potted caladiums. Supply moist soil and bright, indirect light, and you've also got a long-lasting houseplant.
Best Spring Bulbs Five: Lilies
Easy to grow lilies take up almost no space in the soil, but their flowers and foliage can add a big boost of color a few feet above ground. Just pop the flower bulbs in between other plants and watch the blooms rise above their neighbors. Lilies are generally tall plants and are available in a variety of colors, with spots, speckles, contrasting edges and brushed-on stripes lending personality to each. Use them to add bold drama to any garden bed, and snip their fragrant blooms to add to your table vases.
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