Perennials & Shrubs To Plant With Spring Bulbs

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Welcome spring with bursting color by planting bulbs with shrubs & perennials!

Imagine you step outside on a beautiful spring morning; the air is crisp, and you see dozens of gorgeous tulips, daffodils, and snowdrops bursting with color throughout your landscape. Spring bulbs like these are one of the classic indicators that spring is here and in full swing. And while the time spent enjoying bulbs may be short-lived, there are ways you can extend your interest well into summer, even fall! From adding contrasting color or textures that creates interest to camouflaging spent bulb foliage, there are many reasons to add accompanying plants near your spring bulbs.

Here, we’ll show you how to plant bulbs and what perennials and shrubs you should pair with them.

Pink tulips in the garden in spring.

How To Plant a Bulb

While planting a dozen or more bulbs may seem daunting, it’s quite easy and requires some planning. First, determine when your growing zone will anticipate its first frost in the fall, then plant your bulbs about 3-4 weeks before that. If you already have long-standing perennials and shrubs in the ground that you anticipate will bloom come spring, you can plant around those. If not, plant your bulbs in an area of the garden you would enjoy, then come spring, choose perennials and shrubs to pair with them, which we will discuss further down!

Once you’ve decided where to plant your bulbs, grab a garden trowel or hand shovel. Dig a hole about three times its height, place it inside, and cover. Most bulbs can be spaced about 3-4 inches apart or nearly touching if you want them growing in tight clusters. Water deeply immediately after planting, and that’s it! After the first freeze, your bulbs will enter dormancy, and come spring, your garden will be covered in vibrant blooms.

Need more help? We'll show you step by step how to plant a bulb below:

Perennials To Plant With Spring Bulbs

Here, we’ve included some of our favorite perennials for sun or shade that may bloom with your spring bulbs simultaneously or add interest beyond and cover spent foliage. Some of these perennials are ground covers that creep to cover the areas where spent bulb foliage might look unsightly, while others feature flowers and habit that are listed to compliment spring bulbs. Save this when you buy plants for your spring garden! Download by clicking HERE.

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Looking for more? Some other perennials that pair well with spring bulbs include allium, creeping thyme, coral bells, sedum, catmint, Siberian bugloss, hosta, daylily, lungwort, tickseed, and astilbe

Shrubs To Plant With Spring Bulbs

Here, we’ve included some of our favorite shrubs for sun or shade that bloom with your spring bulbs simultaneously and add interest beyond and cover spent foliage. Some of these shrubs are ornamental and feature intoxicating fragrance, while others are woody after bloom and provide perfect camouflauge for hiding spent bulbs. Save this when you buy plants for your spring garden! Download by clicking HERE.

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Looking for more? Here are some more shrubs that pair well with spring bulbs: rhododendron, flowering quince, weigela, bluebeard, deutzia, and lilac.

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