Maricela Rodriguez-Lou, Annual Seasonal Color Specialist
are an exciting attraction for our visitors. When they bloom, visitors get that
springtime feeling. They are wonderful
plants; they bring color to our beds and spark ideas, trends, and features that
visitors can apply in their own gardens. Most spring flowering bulbs are
dormant during the summer months, but here in Memphis, (zone 7B- a warm climate
with a temperature higher than 55 degrees in the months of summer) heat interrupts
the natural life cycle of these cold-climate natives, so we treat them as
Autumn is the time to plant
spring flowering bulbs such as tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and muscari.
We planted about 30,000 bulbs
Come see our “rivers”
of tulips…we planted about 10,600 of these! ‘Mango Charm’ is a delightful, two-toned
flower with mango background and yellow-edged petals, just like a ripening
mango. As its flowers mature, its colors get warmer and brighter. They are accompanied
by two other beauties: ‘Blushing Lady,’ a fantastic single late-blooming tulip
with elegant, rose-colored petals flushing into yellow, and ‘Clearwater,’ a
large Triumph tulip variety that produces neatly-formed, cup-shaped blooms in
the purest white and fragrant flower. They are all
excellent cut flowers, as they have a long vase life.
bulbs you will find around the Garden:
armeniacum, called by the old-fashioned name “grape hyacinth,” displayed as a
blue edging or naturalized throughout grounds.
Hyacinthoides a genus of flowering plants in the family Asparagaceae
always a wonderful sign that spring has arrived!
Garden is a great place for people who are looking for a pleasant atmosphere where
they can enjoy the flowers’ scent when they pass by or as a magnificent setting for beautiful spring
How to plant bulbs:
Select healthy bulbs that are firm and free of defects, such as cuts,
bruises, or mold.
cool. They need to start their cold period before December 1, which is the
ideal time to plant tulips in our area. You may plant your bulbs anytime that the
soil is 60 degrees or colder at a depth of at least 6” (September or earlier
October.) We pre-cooled the bulbs shipped here in September in a cooler until
planting time. It is very important to
take them directly from the cooler to your planting site.
planting bed by loosening the soil as deeply as
possible, so it's workable and has fast drainage. The existing soil could use
the addition of some organic matter, such as compost. Using a low-nitrogen granular fertilizer is better
because it is specifically formulated for bulbs. Follow the directions for the correct
amount to apply.
bulbs 3 times deeper than their size (usually 4”to 8” deep.) Use the same rule
for spacing. The rule is to plant tulips pointed end up. They grow best in full
sun. Add 2 inches of pine straw mulch to your planted beds to help retain
moisture and keep the bulbs cool. Water after planting, and again when leaves
appear, unless they have received rain at the proper time.
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We are located at:
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
(Between Park & Southern)