Bulbs in pots for surefire springtime magic.
BULBS WITH ANNUALS:
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).
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. For visual impact, we plant bulbs separately by color, then combine pots of complementary colors. Potted annuals (here, the pansies) serve as accents.
Plant bulbs so they barely touch one another in a large (18-inch-diameter) pot nearly filled with potting soil (mix in granular fertilizer first). Cover with a thin layer of soil to 1 inch below rim; mulch surface. Set in cool shade. If winter rains are scanty, water to keep soil moist.
FOR A DRESSY LOOK
For extra punch, Suanne and Larry Casey add a pot of tulips to the big container of brachycome in their poolside garden in Fullerton, California (shown on opposite page). The brachycome was planted from eight 4-inch pots spaced 2 inches apart around the perimeter of an 18-inch-diameter pot. It grows in mounds, easily concealing a 6-inch plastic pot of bulbs.
Plant bulbs in 6-inch pots so they're almost touching (tips about 1 inch below the rim). Cover with soil. Water, mulch, and set in a cool, shady area; keep moist. Move them to center stage when buds color.
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|Date:||Oct 1, 1991|
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