Let me start by saying I LOVE FLOWERS! Planting a flower bed is something I look forward to each spring and fall.
I believe it is just as important to decorate the outside of the house as it is the inside. Every home should be decorated with flowers whether it is with beautiful flower pots or large flower beds. I have both!
A home really comes alive when it has flowers around it. It makes a home more tranquil, and guests feel more relaxed when they visit.
If you plant your beds correctly, your flowers will come back every year!
We moved into our current home this last November, so I spent the fall planting bulbs. I am a big fan of bulbs because they are a great surprise every time they poke their heads out of the ground, and they come back every year! On either side of my porch steps, I did bulb stacking. The pictures show my lilies and Iris coming up from my bulb stack location.
What is bulb stacking?
Bulb stacking is a technique of placing your bulbs in one area, close together, and on top of each other.
To Bulb Stack dig down a foot in the location you want your flowers to bloom. My area is about 1′ wide by 5′ long. Plant your bulbs in the order in which they come up. Make sure that you are planting perennial bulbs.
- Layer 1-bottom Layer-Last to Bloom- Lilies, Alliums, Daffodils, and Tulips, Dutch Iris
- Layer 2-Middle Layer-Bloom 2nd- Double Daffodils, Imperiallis, Mid-Season Tulips
- Layer 3-Top Layer-Bloom first- Crocus, Dwarf iris, Snowdrops– Bulbs tend to be smaller in size
Between each layer make sure you have an inch or so of dirt. Cover the top layer with dirt to flower bed level.
So now What?
- Buy your bulbs at a lumber yard like Lowes, or even Walmart has a great selection. Buy them early before they are picked over- end of August is good.
- Look on the map below and see when bulb planting season is for your area.
- Plant and wait until spring to see the beauty.
Picture source- Landscapegardencenters.com
Other Bulbs and Plants
I also often Bulb my Elephant ears and Caladiums. These bulbs do not normally come back in Oklahoma and need to be replanted yearly.
Other Perinals I enjoy: Day Lilies (as many as possible), Cannas, Dahlias, HollyHocks, Hydrangea, Hosta, Lantana, Gladiolus and Butterfly bush.
I do plant some annuals that will not return each year. Including- sweet potato vine which grows crazy in our Oklahoma heat and Sun Patients are one of my favorites as they last late into November.
What if you don’t have flower bed space at your home?
Pots are always a great addition! You can plant as many or as few as you like!
A few of my flower pots:
I like to mix multiple types of flowers in each pot. I will post more about pots when I plant my fall pots!
Check out this post about my favorite water hose.
Have questions or need help planting? Message me below!