Plant Category: Bulb

Allium

Genus: Allium

This flowering bulb produces starburst blooms on long stems. Primary allium variations are color, bloom size and height. Most varieties do well in sunny locations and have light water needs. Alliums work well in mixed borders and the globe forms serve as a visual contrast.

Daffodil

Genus: Narcisus

These early spring blooming bulbs benefit from winter rain reducing the need for supplemental watering. Early spring blooms can be staged with the selection of several varieties. Some types feature fragrant blooms. Yellow is the most common daffodil color. White blooms and those with orange trumpets are often seen as well. Daffodils look great in post and planted in the ground in naturalized drifts.

Tulip

Genus: Tulipa

In relatively mild climates that receive seasonal winter rain, bulbs including tulips can be ideal for bursts of spring color. Tulips bulbs which are typically planted in the fall come in a range of colors with single and double blossoms. Mixing a range of bulbs that bloom early to late extends the display. Planting behind a low border or under-planting with a ground cover can keep the bed looking tidy even as the tulip foliage browns after blooming.