Garden flowers grown from bulbs, corms, and tubers are a joy because they come back year after year. Dig once, enjoy forever after ...or a few years, anyway. But it's almost May, and the daffodils and tulips have already flowered. You should have planted them last fall. Most lilies, which you should have planted last month, are sprouting. But if you are envious of your neighbor's perennial gardens, there's still time to put out some flowering bulbs that will bloom this year. Apartment Therapy introduces us to six kinds of perennials you can still plant for blooms this year, with tips on selecting a variety for your zone and proper planting and care.
But if you still feel envious of your neighbor's displays of tulips and daffodils, you can plant those growing in pots you find at garden centers for bloom next spring. And make a note on your calendar to buy some bulbs this fall. After all, planting perennials signifies hope for the future. It's good for the soul.
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