Flower bulbs 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.


Say hello to spring!
Think Spring!

Daffodil planting in Upper St Clair Township
Above: Bright colored traffic island planting in Upper St Clair Township is deer-resistant with a planting of daffodils

Tulips with deer protection
A gardener in Mt. Lebanon went to great lengths to protect these tulips from deer browsing!


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white amaryllis

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 show.
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.
King Alfred daffodil

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'King Alfred' (top)
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.

Daffodil video

From Sandy's Garden...

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 crushing them.

Miniature daffodils covered with snow and ice

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.

Geranium Narcissus


Very fragrant, multiple flowers on a single stem.  Deer resistant. Our favorite. 


Hyacinths smell great and are deer-resistant


Pink Hyacinths

Great for bringing into the house for a sweet breath of spring! Deer resistant.
Asiatic Lilies

Asiatic Lily


LILIUM asiatic
Asiatic Lily
Blooms in June, 18"-24" tall, unscented, bulbs multiply. Reddish-orange blooms. Hardy from zone 3 to 10.
'Tiny Ghost' Asiatic Lily


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.
Asiatic Lily 'Tiny Todd'


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.

BOBscaping video

Easter Lily


LILIUM 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.
Grape Hyacinth MUSCARI armeniacum
Grape Hyacinth
Long lasting 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 'drifts.'

Bulbs at Biltmore Gardens

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Best grown from new bulbs every year. High risk of deer browsing!
Firespray tulip


Firespray tulip
Smaller, more compact type of tulip with bright red foliage. Risk of deer browsing!



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