Bulbs, Peonies and Irises
Bulbs, Peonies and Irises
Shop High Quality Flower Bulbs From Nature Hills
- Many Different Colors and Shapes Available
- Easy to Plant and Grow
- Spring Blooming Bulbs are Planted in Fall
- We Ship to Your Door at Just the Right Time for Planting
- No Garden is Complete Without Bulbs
Nature Hills is pleased to offer a superior selection of designer-quality flower bulbs. We have unique selections of favorites like Tulips, Daffodils and Hyacinth. We also have carefully chosen beautiful combinations of mixed bulbs that work together like a dream.
There is nothing more welcome than the sight of new life peeking up out of the ground after a long, hard winter. Bulbs make your spring a joyful experience. With careful planning, you can extend your bulb flowering season from very early spring, all the way through fall!
We ship your bulbs directly to your door at just the right time for you to plant. Some bulbs should be planted in fall, and others should be planted in spring. We'll hold your order until it's the perfect planting time for your area.
If you've never planted bulbs before, we're here to help! Read on for "Tips and Tricks" to successfully growing those amazing flowers that everyone just loves.
Plan A Gorgeous Spring with Fall Planted Flowering Bulbs
Flowering bulbs each bloom in their own season. If you plant a variety of bulbs, you'll love the extended display of "Flower Power" in your landscape.
Snowdrop flower bulbs and Crocus flowers come first. These tiny beacons tell you that spring is on the way. Don't be surprised to see them peeking their head up through the snow!
Next comes hardy Daffodils (Narcissus). These cheerful flowers are easy care and long-lived. They love well-drained soil and full sun. They'll come back for you every year.
Fragrant Hyacinth are some of the most popular fall planted bulbs. These beauties perfume the air and delight the eye. Available in a wide range of pretty colors, we know you'll fall in love with these charming flowers.
Gorgeous Tulips are next on the list, and they can overlap with Daffodils with their flowering seasons. With a wild assortment of colors and form, these sexy flowers make a tremendous impact in your landscape.
It's no wonder these valuable bulbs caused the first economic bubble - nicknamed "Tulip Mania" - in the Netherlands during the winter of 1637! We totally understand why people might lose all restraint around Tulips.
Types of Daffodils
There are Daffodil varieties for early season, mid-season and late season. If you choose bulbs from each of those seasons, you'll extend the blooms.
Trumpet Daffodils always have one large flower per stem. They will naturalize and multiply for you if fertilizer is applied every year. Trumpet daffodils are wonderful when used for large displays. These huge flowers can be seen from a distance. These improved selections resist pests and diseases and are great for cut flower arrangements.
Small Cupped Daffodils feature one small flower to a stem. To qualify for this petite range, the corona or cup can't be more than one-third the length of the petals. These little cuties are great for perennial beds. Be sure to include some in any cutting garden. They make the sweetest little cut flower arrangements.
Large Cupped Daffodils are the perfect choice if you want to design an impressive mass display. They are also wonderful when you are plantings in clumps. With one flower per stem, they can be used for perennializing, landscaping, forcing and cut flowers. These make a great combination with early Tulips.
Double Daffodils are unusual, in that they have no center cup. Instead, these fragrant flowers have a double, ruffled center. These draw the eye in formal plantings. You'll love the look and the incredible scent!
Split Corona Daffodils have a split cup. This is best used as a special focal point in the garden. You'll want to give it a chance to shine in a place where the unique flower shape can be studied and enjoyed.
Daffodil Narcissus Paperwhite are the classic, fragrant forcing bulbs for use indoors during winter. They make a fabulous tablescapes for New Year's Eve, but you need to plan ahead.
Start Paperwhite bulbs in containers without drainage holes 4 - 6 weeks before your event. Use shallow bowls or even oversized cocktail glasses. You can grow them in either decorative rock or soil. Plant them pointed side up and cover up about half way up. To keep the plants shorter, give them a mixture of 5% clear Vodka and water.
Deer don't usually like Daffodils. Be sure to look for the deer resistant varieties if you live in deer country.
Types of Tulips
Single Early Tulips are excellent early blooming varieties that can combine beautifully with Daffodils and Hyacinths. The flowers are well shaped, and they feature nice, strong stems. These can also be forced indoors for a visual treat in wintertime. Some varieties are fragrant.
Double Early Tulips look like Peonies or Roses. Large, flat flower heads make a spectacular display when mass-planted. Give them protection from areas that may be impacted by high winds. Try these in large containers! What a wonderful spring welcome when planted on either side of your front door.
Single Late Tulips grow tall and can be used in combination with partner perennials. They feature long strong stems. Plant these with earlier blooming varieties to extend your Tulip season of flowers. Plant plenty of them. You'll want to snip some to bring indoors for sophisticated cut flower arrangements!
Double Late Tulips are long-lasting flowers that look like large Peonies. Cut them early to use in cut flower arrangements. Give them protection from wind and rain.
Darwin Hybrid Tulips are the most popular landscape varieties, and they come in rainbow of gorgeous colors. These blooms open in mid-season and many varieties come back year after year. With tall, sturdy stems, they make excellent cut flowers.
Fringed Tulips are very elegant. They'll bloom in mid to late season and make an incredible focal point in the Spring Garden. They are long-lasting and a beautiful sight to behold with fringed edged petals.
Viridiflora Tulips are exotic, late flowering Tulips that are a wonderful addition to flower arrangements. They'll add color to any combination in the garden, and effortlessly amp up the charm. Not many people are familiar with these, so using them will help your garden stand out from the rest.
Lily Flowering Tulips are cute, brightly colored and have an unusual shape with pointed tips. Tall slender stems make them an excellent choice for cut flowers.
Kaufmanniana Tulips are short, so they work beautifully to naturalize at the edge of a bed or in a rock garden. You'll love the bright colors and early flowering. With striped foliage and star-shape blooms, these darling plants are a treasure.
Fosteriana Tulips are loved by landscapers. They'll bloom early and complete their maturing cycle just in time to plant annuals. Use these in commercial applications, or when you'll be replanting a bed with colorful annual flowers.
#ProPlantTips for Planting Flower Bulbs
Flower bulbs need well-drained soil. If you notice puddles long after a rain, you'll need to improve the drainage in your soil. Add organic matter like compost to the surrounding soil, or "mound up" by adding soil to the top of your native soil. Plant directly in the mound.
To plant bulbs, use a trowel or a bulb planter. For large drifts, it's may be easier to dig the entire section out to the recommended depth.
Set the bulb in the hole with the pointed side up, and the roots pointing down. After you've placed the bulb in the hole, cover it back up with soil and water well.
You can feed with a granular slow-release fertilizer after planting in fall. Sprinkle it on top of the ground following instructions on the label. It's fine to give your bulbs an annual feed every fall using the same method.
In spring, you'll love watching your bulbs flower and bloom. While your bulbs are blooming, give them supplemental water up to an inch a week. After their bloom is done, keep bulbs on the dry side.
About 8 weeks after they bloom, you'll notice the foliage start to go yellow and go dormant. Flowering bulbs shine in spring, and then sleep the rest of the year.
Therefore, it's a good idea to add other perennial plants like Coral Bells, Hosta, Roses or Russian Sage to your bulb garden. As the spring turns to summer, these other plants start to shine. Their growing foliage helps to cover the curing yellow foliage of the now-dormant bulbs.
Please don't mow, cut, braid or fold under any leaves until they are completely yellow, as the bulb needs them to store energy from the sun for next year. Instead, hide them by using partner plants. Once the leaves are completely yellow, you can trim them off.
How to Use Bulbs in the Landscape
You can use bulbs in several ways in your landscape. Read the planting instructions to see how deep to plant each bulb variety. A good rule of thumb is to bury it 3 times as deep as the maximum width.
In terms of planting design, there are two schools of thought. Some people prefer to space out their bulbs in tidy, even rows. Simply use an equal measurement from bulb to bulb following the planting directions on the package.
Others prefer to create natural-looking clusters or drifts. The space between each bulb will be varied, but don't allow any bare spots for a lush display.
Plant at least 10 of the same variety to create a cluster. Drifts are created by using a long, skinny oval. No need to be "perfect", irregular is better. Keep the planting plan narrower at either end, then wider in the middle. Vary the number of bulbs used, 1 or 2 on the ends and 5 or 6 deep at the widest point.
Try edging a garden border with them. You can stick with your favorite variety, or try a mix of 2, 3 or more varieties. It's so easy to tuck bulbs into your existing planting beds.
You can underplant spring blooming trees like Blue Chinese Wisteria Tree, Flowering Dogwood or Crabapples with bulbs for a tremendous boost of visual interest.
No Cutting Garden would be complete without bulbs. Plant clusters of bulbs together for an easy harvest.
Take that idea to the next level with a mass planting. Here, it may be easier to dig out a section, or plan to mound more dirt over the bulbs. This is where you can achieve a marvelous look with regular spacing to create precise rows. Perhaps you've seen patterns used, where massed bulbs in different colors are placed side by side to create an eye-catching geometric display.
Naturalize bulbs in the landscape by allowing them to spread out and multiply. Over time, you can even transplant them to lengthen the size of the planting. There is nothing like a naturalized meadow or field with daffodils happily spreading cheer to all who view them.
It's easy, fun and rewarding to try your hand at forcing Daffodils and Hyacinth bulbs indoors over winter. Paperwhite Daffodil Narcissus, Darwin Hybrid Tulips, Amaryllis and Hyacinth can all be forced.
Rock Gardens are a great place to showcase shorter bulbs. Give your bulbs a place of honor to showcase their fantastic color and style. This is especially true of the more flamboyant varieties, such as Parrot Tulips.
Of course, container gardens make wonderful impact. For large containers, digs the bulbs in at the recommended planting depth. For small containers, divide the recommended planting depth in half.
Learn More About Flowering Bulbs
Bulbs are diverse with over 3,000 species and many more thousands of varieties. All bulbous plants share a common trait in that they all have self-contained food storage and are adapted to live underground.
True bulbs like Tulips and Daffodils contains a complete embryo packed inside their fleshy layers of tissue. There are also different kinds of bulbs: corms like Crocus, tubers like Anenome, rhizomes like Lily of the Valley and tuberous-rooted plants like Dahlias.
Their leaves gather energy from the sun and store it in their fleshy tissue. This marvelous adaptation makes bulbs very easy to grow! Like a turtle with its shell, bulbs have enough nutrients to carry the plant through bloom and beyond.
Many popular spring blooming bulbs originated in the area from North Africa and Southern Europe through Southwestern Russia. They flourished in moderately sandy soil with sharp drainage. There was plenty of spring rainfall and hot, dry summers.
Some gardeners prefer to try new bulbs each year. With all the colors, shapes and sizes, that is a tempting option, especially for seasonal container gardens.
Enjoy shopping for our magnificent flowering bulbs!