Let’s look at a couple early blooming spring bulbs, starting with Scilla, or commonly known as Siberian Squill. This fall planted spring flowering bulb is much like last week’s pick, Snowdrops, best planted in mass plantings or tucked in pockets within the rock garden or existing shrubs and can be forced in containers as well. Their strapping foliage reaches about 6-8 inches with beautiful tiny, nodding, blue star-like flowers. Tough and durable…. low in the critters list…naturalizes and if it likes the location may become a bit aggressive. But again, early bloomer and true sign that spring is in the air.
Nothing says spring is right around the corner, then when these little guys peak up through the frosty ground…even thru the snow. Galanthus species, or commonly known as ‘Snowdrops’ (and rarely but also called Milkflower)! And not only are they an early beautiful sight, but they’re also easy to grow outdoors as well as forcing indoors! Woodland settings are ideal for Snowdrops and usually naturalized in large masses or tucked into small pockets within the garden or under shrubs. And they can be potted in the fall (bulbs available for fall planting) and grown in pots for wonderful late winter / early spring color indoors, and then planted later in their outdoor setting. Plant in the fall…semi shady location is best. And guess what? You will love them, but the critters don’t!