Layering Spring-Blooming Bulbs
Visit your local garden center and buy all the bulbs you’re interested in planting in your garden. Choose a sunny, well-draining section of the garden you want to plant your bulbs in. Take the largest bulbs like tulips,daffodils, lilies and hyacinths and plant them at the recommended planting depth on the packaging. Did you toss the packaging before reading the planting depth suggestion? In general, plant them about twice as deep as they are tall. You can also plant them as deep as the blade on your garden trowel, about 6-8 inches deep.
Once you’ve planted in your large bulbs, cover the bulbs with about 1-2 inches of the same soil you dug out of that hole. Directly over that, you will plant your miniature narcissus, crocus, grape hyacinths, scilla and any other small bulbs. Now fill in the hole with the rest of the soil. It may be a good idea to leave some kind of plant tag or garden marker over newly planted bulbs to remind you not to step or dig there.
In the spring the small bulbs will break dormancy first and begin to flower. By the time the small bulbs have stopped blooming it will be time for the larger bulbs to bloom. Keep in mind that bulbs look better planted in masses so don’t plant just one or two bulbs per hole. Plant your larger bulbs in groups of four or more.
Are you gardening on a balcony or patio and don’t have ground you can plant bulbs in?Layering spring-flowering garden bulbs in containers and raised beds works too. Although, if you’re planting or transplanting iris rhizomes, I do not recommend layering any bulbs below them as iris clumps need more room and will quickly outcompete any bulbs planted below them. Plant them in a separate spot.