Plant a formal tulip bulb garden by choosing a color theme that will compliment your home and landscape. A garden around a tree with a color theme of red and white looks nice or purple and yellow will certainly make your feature garden pop. Then plant tulips is stately urns and set the urns close to your home entrance. The tulip gardens will add color and curb appeal to your home.
- Tulip Bulbs
- Organic Mulch
- Garden hose
- Garden gloves
- Tiller (optional)
- Water soluble fertilizer
Select a garden site that has full sun with well-drained soil. A garden that is raised is a good choice because tulips need soil drainage, they will not grow if the bulb is sitting in water.
Tulips will tolerate part shade at the end of the day but do require a minimum of seven hours of sun per day. If growing under or close to a tree, plan on buying early spring blooming tulips. These tulips will bloom before the leaves on the trees open. If the garden has good light the stems will be straight and tall and will not bend toward the light.
Plan your tulip garden by drawing the design out on paper. Use colored pencils to indicate the planting location for the tulip bulbs. For an informal garden of mixed spring bulbs, you would add these flowers to your garden plan. The garden design is very helpful when you are planting tulip bulbs as a color theme.
For massive plantings of tulip bulbs dig trenches that are twelve inches deep. The easiest way to do this is with a tiller. Remove the soil from the trench. Use your hands to loosen the soil until it is a light texture.
Mix compost with the soil and fill the hole to 8 inches from the surface.
Sprinkle bonemeal in the bottom of the hole. Plant the tulip (flat side down, pointy side up) at a depth of 3 times the size of the bulb diameter. Space your bulbs six inches apart. Cover the bulbs with soil and water well.
You can plant tulips as late as November.