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Order Up: Time to Be Thinking About Spring Bulbs

Use these tips to shop for the right bulbs for your spring garden

Photo: Mary Ann Newcomer

Thinking of spring-blooming bulbs in August? You probably think the heat has gone to my head. Why, yes, now is the time to stay in your air-conditioned house perusing websites and placing orders for your spring-blooming bulbs. They are planted in the fall, and ordering now is one way to ensure you have the best selection—and sometimes get early-bird discounts. Use wooden chopsticks to mark fall planting areas for the bulbs you are about to order. I’ll just list a few of my all-time favorites, and you can go from there.

First, a caveat regarding tulips (Tulipa spp. and cvs., Zones 3–8): I hear from gardeners over and over again how disappointed they are when their tulips are not reliable perennials. They can be. You just have to know how to treat them. I have some Darwin hybrids as well as species, or wild, tulips that have been…

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