Buttercup’s sturdy cousin blooms at the same time as snowdrops and brings the first yellow of the year. Winter Aconite or Eranthis originates in the forest, so these bulbs love soil that’s rich in humus. If you live in a cold climate, you’re in luck, because these flowers seem to do extra well when surrounded by snow.
Fritillaria are fun! The small 4-inch-high Meleagris variety has adorable little pendulous blooms with a beautifully checkered pattern, while the Imperialis variety stands almost 10 times taller at 36 inches. These naturalizing and fragrant flower bulbs will add some special joy to any garden.
Ideal for mass planting in borders and the most “flowery” looking of all flower bulbs, anemones are spring’s happy little visitors. They come in two varieties that are each suitable for a different climate, so gardeners all over America can enjoy these deer resistant charmers.
Where most other flower bulbs have blooms that are neat and tidy, irises have opted for wild and dramatic, both in color and in shape. Irises are ideal for cutting as they stay fresh for a long time. However, they’re not big fans of the cold and do best in hardiness zones 6 and up.
Muscari, or grape hyacinths, are simply adorable. Their tiny blooms come together to form fragrant spears in a range of beautiful colors: from the whitest white, through light pastel blue and pink, all the way to sky blue and even dark blue. They smell heavenly and are ideal for putting in a very small vase in your bathroom or next to your bed.