Magazine article Sunset

Bulbs in Pots for Surefire Springtime Magic

Magazine article Sunset

Bulbs in Pots for Surefire Springtime Magic

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SPECTACULAR IN bloom, spring bulbs in containers can put on a radiant color show; here we show three ways to use them for striking effects. In the mild- to moderate-winter West, now's the time to plant (chill tulips for six weeks in the refrigerator first). In very cold areas, plant hardy bulbs now, but protect pots and soil from freezing.

BULBS WITH ANNUALS:

COLORFUL MIX-UPS

Cheerful-looking annuals and bulbs fill the two pots at upper right. The annuals bloom before and after bulbs flower, extending the show.

Fill a 12- to 18-inch pot two-thirds full with loose, fast-draining potting soil; mix in a complete granular fertilizer. Plant bulbs in the center or space them 2 to 3 inches apart, depending on the look you want (your nursery can recommend choices for your climate). Cover with soil so tips are just below the soil surface; tamp to firm. Plant annuals over bulbs, spacing them so bulbs can grow up between them (in very cold areas, wait until bulb foliage emerges in spring).

COLOR COMPLEMENTS

IN BOLD STROKES

On a patio at Sunset's headquarters, shown at lower right, pots stuffed with bulbs put on an eye-catching show in spring. …

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