Early bulbs turn looking down into a pick-me-up

Let the garden reconnect you to your younger self. Share Axel's thrill with spring's first sprigs of sedum, snowdrops, and life.

Let the garden reconnect you to your younger self. Share Axel's thrill with spring's first sprigs of sedum, snowdrops, and life.

You'll have to look down for this pick-me-up. Even a toddler must stoop to fully appreciate snowdrops. (Sorry, Axel, no fragrance there!)

You'll have to look down for this pick-me-up. Even a toddler must stoop to fully appreciate snowdrops. (Sorry, Axel, no fragrance there!)

We gardeners are so anxious to get out in spring and then so busy, we often miss the early spring bulbs' show. Enjoy them this year, okay?

Okay, take some fertilizer with you to satisfy that must-do-something urge. No better time to fertilize bulbs than just as their leaves break the surface.

For ideas how to use them and combine them to best advantage, check here (we've listed them roughly in order of bloom):

Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis)
Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)
Netted iris (Iris reticulata)
Crocus (from the earliest, such as C. minimus)
Glory of the snow (Chionodoxa lucilliae)
Squill (Scilla sibirica)
Pheasant's eye (Adonis amurensis)
Checker lily (Fritillaria meleagris, F. michailovsky)
Puschkinia (P. scillioides)
Woods anemone (Anemone blanda)
Tulip (from the earliest species such as T. daysystemon)
Spring beauty (Claytonia virginica)
Daffodil (from the earliest species & hybrids, such as the miniature Narcissus)
Summer snowflake (Leucojum hybrid 'Gravetye')
Grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum)
Spring starflower (Ipheion uniflorum)
Hyacinth (Hyacinthus hybrids)
Bluebells (Campanulata hyacinthoides)
Allium (skipping the earliest to start at the giants A. giganteum, etc.)
Indian quamash (Camassia hybrids)
California hyacinth (Tritelia laxa)
Lilies (Lilium species & hybrids)

Combining bulbs with other garden plants

If the bulb name you're seeking is on this list but is not a link, bear with us. We focused on the earliest-blooming species for this article. We'll add more and make more links. Meanwhile, use the Search on our site to find the others: We've already written about them in other articles!