Add Color and Seasonal Beauty to Shrub Beds and Berms
Mix things up and add a bit of sparkle to your landscape this season.
Add a bit of spring surprise with early bloomers. A mix of small scale bulbs like grape hyacinths, crocus and squills creates a colorful tapestry at the base of shrubs. Add some taller bulbs like daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips for a colorful accent.
And don’t forget about the groundcovers. A carpet of deadnettle (Lamium), barrenwort (Epimedium), bugleweed (Ajuga) and hosta may be all that you need to transform bland to pleasing. Mix in some spring and fall blooming bulbs for added color in the groundcover. The additional bloom time adds a colorful unexpected surprise.
A bit more information: Surprise and spider lilies (Lycoris) as well as autumn crocus (Colchicum) are fun bulbs to include. These plants send up leaves in the spring for several months. The leaves dieback and the plant remains out of sight until late summer or fall when the leafless flowers appear.