create special beauty in the spring landscape at a time when everyone is
weary of gray winter skies and ready for a splash of color.
As an added bonus, daffodils and
hyacinths are deer resistant. However, tulips should be protected from deer browsing.
Most flower bulbs
should be dug-up and divided every few years to prevent crowding and a reduction in
bloom size. Tulips tend to look best the first year they bloom.
Above: Bright colored traffic island planting in Upper St Clair
Township is deer-resistant
with a planting of daffodils
A gardener in Mt. Lebanon went to great
to protect these tulips from deer browsing!
thumbnail photos to enlarge image
Large bulbs grown indoors during winter months (October - April) for
their huge, colorful blossoms. The bulbs bloom 7 to 10 weeks after
planting, so stagger bulb plantings every couple weeks to prolong the
This harbinger of
spring is always a welcome sight, even a bit startling when it appears
through snow! We've found that mixed colors of purple, white and yellow
are the most interesting.
When you think of spring, you think of the yellow 'King Alfred' daffodil.
Hardy and deer resistant. Divide the bulbs every few years.
This second variety of daffodil has multiple colors: white petals
with a yellow cup rimmed in orange.
Q. With snow and cold in the forecast, should I be worried about my
flower bulbs that have pushed up new growth?
A. The forecast calling for snow may be the best thing to protect them.
Snow is a great insulator and can protect those bulbs that forgot to
check the weather forecast before popping into bloom. Mulch such as
shredded bark may be too heavy and hold so much moisture that it spoils
the blooms. If you happen to still have your live Christmas tree, you
can cut off the branches and use them to protect the flowers without
Most bulbs that push up early are those that bloom in late winter and
early spring, when they often face cold weather or snow. They usually
are just fine, if a bit ragged, after a blast of winter.
NARCISSUS Narcissus Very
fragrant, multiple flowers on a single stem. Deer resistant. Our
Great for bringing into the house for a sweet breath of spring! Deer
LILIUM asiatic Asiatic Lily
Blooms in June, 18"-24"
tall, unscented, bulbs multiply. Reddish-orange blooms. Hardy
from zone 3 to 10.
LILIUM asiatic 'Tiny
Ghost' Asiatic Lily
Short, early bloomer, 18"-24"
tall, flowering in May-June, unscented, multiplies. Red blooms. Hardy
from zone 3 to 10.
LILIUM asiatic 'Tiny Todd'
Asiatic Lily Early bloomer,
grows 18"-24" tall, flowers May-June, unscented, multiplies. Blooms have
white interiors with light pink petal tips. Hardy from zone 3 to 10.
longiflorum Easter Lily Considered
a joyful symbol of hope, beauty, and life.
Plant 12 to 18 inches apart in a sunny spot with well-drained soil rich
in organic matter. Plant bulbs 3 inches deep and mound soil an
additional 3 inches over top. Blooms in mid-summer.
armeniacum Grape Hyacinth
blooms that are easy to grow. The hardy bulbs prefer well drained soil
in full sun, but will tolerate part shade. Look best in groups or
TULIPA Tulip Best
grown from new bulbs every year. High risk of deer browsing!
TULIPA Firespray tulip Smaller,
more compact type of tulip with bright red foliage. Risk of deer browsing!