Spring Flowering Bulb Planters: Container Garden Idea 6

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Just because you garden in a small space doesn’t mean you can’t plant spring flowering bulbs. While most gardeners around Chicago plant bulbs in the ground, they are also suitable for container gardens on your deck, patio, porch or courtyard. 

In the garden video below by the Chicago Botanic Garden Jill Selinger shows you how to layer multiple types of bulbs to create a container garden full of spring color and interest. Once your bulbs have finished flowering and the garden centers have spring and summer annuals you can plant them in the same container above the existing bulbs.

See  Where to buy spring bulbs in your garden for info on a couple of bulb sales at the Chicago Botanic Garden.


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  • I seem to run out of steam in the fall and don't seem to get around to bulbs since I've moved here. I did get a few alliums this year though. It's an experiment, since we don't have much sun here. I hope they're happy. I got a few hardy cyclamens too. They should like all the shade. Now all I have to do is plant them!

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    I don't run out of steam around this time. I run out of money! Stupid recession cutting into my gardening budget. Last year I told myself that this was going to be the year I filled my garden with alliums, but I can't afford to do that.

    Hopefully yours will do good even in the shade. The seem to do pretty well in that garden next to the Art Institute and it doesn't get much sun either. So I think you'll be ok.

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    Ask around...many people need to split stuff and can't figure out what to do with the excess...maybe if you see some garden with too many alliums ask them if they want to get rid of a few...to you...

  • In reply to GartenGrl:

    Hi Garten Grl, That's a good suggestion but around me not many people plant bulbs besides the tulips and daffs. Believe me, I'm all about the trading and bartering.

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