So often, a 'spring garden' consists of drifts of daffodils let loose in grass. Very nice, but so easy to do, it hardly counts as gardening once [it's] done, just mowing at the right time.
Daffodils under a deciduous Crape Myrtle.
My take is that daffodils are a more or less permanent installation, so easy to do IF you have a gardener to plant the bulbs rather than an old lady on her hands and knees. The hardest part is getting he-who-mows to skip mowing until the foliage ripens after the blooms are gone. I stuck in a few hyacinths, too.
Mr Kingsbury suggested a mixed planting, bulbs among spring and summer perennials. That notion works very well for me, except I cannot grow the peonies and primroses that he suggests. It isn't as stunning to have Daffodils blooming among the dead stubs of Lantana but enough bulbs in bloom make it showy as it progresses. This is the early view before all the buds open:
There's a Magnolia in the background.
This is the early view of my Tulip and Muscari experiment, planted where we ripped out box and wisteria last year. I haven't decided whether this will be a permanent mixed bed with perennials -- Tulips act as annuals here, Muscari may persist. There are late Daffodils not yet visible except for a few just breaking ground. Daffodil season lasts a long time if different cultivars are used and a few more dozen planted in fall because late planted bulbs bloom late the first year.
I always wanted a river of Muscari. I am settling
for a couple of puddles and a trickle.
I could not wait to show the Muscari before it fully opened. It usually puts up secondary blooms so I am hopeful that there will be a real display with Tulips.
How do you manage spring bulbs? Planted in mixed beds or scattered in grass?