Bulbs in Bulk- When purchasing bulbs in bulk, check the quality to make sure the bulbs are firm and not moldy or squishy.
Full Sun- For hyacinths, choose a site that gets full sun, though most daffodils can tolerate part shade.
Good Soil- Make sure soil is rich in organic matter and well drained because bulbs are highly susceptible to rot.
Make Them Pop- Give bulbs a dark green backdrop, such as an evergreen hedge, for making their colors pop.
Plant in Masses- Plant bulbs en masse, not in small clusters, to create the biggest impact.
Sweeps of Color- Plant in sweeping drifts of color, not in uniform rows, for a bigger visual punch.
New Heights- Consider hillsides for taking advantage of varying heights of flowers, making a planting bed seem larger.
Color Block- For the boldest effect, plant in masses of one color -- and one that complements adjacent plantings of spring annuals or blooming shrubs and trees.
Planting Bulbs- Save time – and your back – by placing bulbs, tip end up, on top of the planting bed, then cover them with a layer of several inches of soil, instead of digging individual holes for bulbs. Don’t worry if the bulbs tip over; they will work themselves upright.
Extend Growth- Extend the bulb bloom season by combining varieties that bloom early, mid- and late spring.
Contrasting Colors- Under plant beds of annuals, such as pansies or violas, with bulbs to create a complementary-color foil and extend the bloom season.
Mix Flowers- Combine container gardens of fall and winter annuals with bulbs for surprise additions next spring.
Avoid Mulch- Don’t mulch over bulb plantings because that layer of insulation withholds extra moisture in the soil and could cause bulbs to rot.