Planting Bulbs and Bareroot Perennials

A lot of you have been asking about my garden. This year was tough because it was really hot on the east coast. Last year it was incredibly rainy. I’m having a hard time figuring out what works in both situations. In 2009 our rainy summer my plants got huge this year, with the severe high temperatures the plants chugged along many of them frying in August even when I watered them everyday.

I feel like I have a better understanding what does well in my area. Phlox and Echinacea (I planted Pink Poodle, White Swan, and Pink Double Delight this summer) seem to do beautifully in Marblehead. I put in Russian Sage (I found a smaller variety at my local nursery) after seeing so many beautiful examples around Marblehead and in Boston. As I plan for 2011 I choose more varieties of existing plants as well as added a few new Spring bulbs. I realized last Spring I hardly had anything blooming in early May—I have peonies but they haven’t bloomed yet. Below my shopping list from White Flower Farm. I got my plants about two weeks ago. I finished up with the tulip bulbs yesterday morning. Hopefully everything comes up next Spring, fingers crossed.

Phlox paniculata Bright Eyes (I have a white phlox that has done really well)
Phlox paniculata Laura
Bearded Iris Dykes Medal Collection (classic!)
Early Surprise Tulip Mix (For some early Spring color)
Allium Gladiator (Have two of these guys already added a few more to bloom all the way down my border)
Papaver orientale Helen Elizabeth (I have a poppy but it’s never bloomed, trying this version which I received as bareroot)

All flower photos courtesy of White Flower Farm

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  1. Peonies can be really tricky. They don’t like to be planted too deep. If it doesn’t bloom next year, try replanting it higher so the crown is right at the soil level. I love the poppies you chose. I’ve not had any luck with mine blooming either.


  2. Beautiful Patsy! Next year we are hoping to do the driveway area. I’m thinking I might call someone for some design help once we get to that phase.


  3. Thanks Libby! Good to know. I have one plant that is two years old. The plant itself is healthy and green but has yet to bloom. Hopefully my patience will pay off.


  4. I love love love poppies, esp. that wonderful coral color.

    However, be warned, it takes years, as in maybe four years, until flowers appear! At least, that is my experience. Maybe three years. We have good soil, good sun etc. but it just seemed to take forever. I’m in the Hudson Valley.

    Now, maybe five or six years later, and just as we are about to move South, my three poppies are doing well. Just don’t dig them up thinking they are total failures!


  5. Katy, don’t worry, your plants will grow beautifully. The resilience of nature always surprises me. One year I was so busy with work that I didn’t plant my bulbs till late November (in NJ). Next spring I had beautiful flowers – my scarlet tulips were the first ones out on our street. This spring I decided to grow lavender from seed. I have given up on the idea of it ever growing after two months of nothing. So I planted dill in that same pot instead. Some time later while picking dill to my surprise I discovered that the lavender did make it after all!
    A college acquaintance of mine who was raised Mormon said once that she was always taught that if you sow a seed – something will grow. So I believe that your garden will be beautiful next year. Plus you will have more mature and established plants there as well.