The “Bulb Effect” in the Maine landscape

For those of you who last fall planted spring bulbs, it won’t be long before you are rewarded for your efforts. Those who haven’t, I’m hoping by this time next year you to are anxiously awaiting your colorful bounty. For all you newbies out there just remember when purchasing spring-flowering bulbs avoid the one’s that are soft and show signs of mold. Not to bash the big box stores, but I’d avoid them and visit your locally-owned garden center which thier are plenty of in the Portland Maine area. Once successfully purchased it’s important to have a good understanding of the property and the growing area so to avoid planting in area’s that tend to have standing water. Maine snow melt, along with april rains can leave bulbs destined for rot, yielding nothing but disappointment.

With over 200 individual species and 25,000 named hybrids, the daffodil alone is a plant Metropolis. The daffodil encompasses multiple color combinations which allows gardeners to create a color pallet in a way that reflects ones personality. By clumping groups together you create a visual statement such as the photo above. For a more subtle english garden approach, spread bulbs out encompassing more bulb species throughout an area like the photo below. This allows the eye to wonder making the space look larger.

In closing, it’s my hope that homeowners now are more encouraged then ever to plant these wonders of the spring. If done right the reward is well worth the little effort it takes for success. Below I will link garden centers in the Portland area that will provide you the best results, as well as a depth chart for proper planting techniques.

Skillins Greenhouse

Broadway Gardens

Estabrooks Garden Center

Chart Photo courtesy of Netherlands Bulb Company.

In the Garden (2018)

I’m always amazed by the amount of new product and plant varieties that seem to come to market every new year. It’s like the car industry and how every year they seem to roll out a new model. Apparently I’m finding the same applies to the garden and the products that tie into it. I’m going to take this opportunity and list a few of these new plants and products available for the 2018 growing season.

Ball FloraPlant is the leader in propagated plant varieties and has introduced two of my potential favorites.

The “Waterfall” whitebush Lobelia is another great basket or container option.

Photo by Ball Horticultural

The “Lucky” Red Lantana stands up to heat, drought and other stressful conditions. Which is perfect for those Southwestern locations that deal with droughts on a regular occurrence.

Photo by Ball Horticultural

Ball FloraPlant

I try each year to find products that are helpful and practical to fellow gardener’s. The four pictures bellow do just that with ease of use, product validity and efficiency.

Photos courtesy of Gardiner Supply Co.


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