It is a wonderful sign of spring when flowers planted in the fall begin to finally poke through the soil. The key to having a colorful, early spring garden is to properly plant bulbs in the fall. These types of flowers are called perennials, and they will keep blooming year after year.

To ensure the best results, choose a good place to plant your bulbs. They should be at least five feet from the foundation of your home in well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. Each bulb should be placed in its own hole, along with some bulb fertilizer. If your soil has clay in it, you will also need to add in some organic material or mulch. Each bulb type should be planted at a specific depth. The bulb packaging will specify how deep the bulbs should be planted. All bulbs should be planted with the pointed end facing upwards.

Different flowers will bloom at different times during the spring. To get a garden full of color for several months in a row, choose bulbs that bloom at different times. For example, plant crocus in the same bed as daffodils, along with some tulip bulbs. You will have flowers from early spring to early summer.

Bulbs should be planted after the first frost, which varies depending on where you live. Your local nursery can tell you the best time to plant.