Which Bulbs Are Best to Plant in Spring?

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Which Bulbs Are Best to Plant in Spring?

Bulbs when used to make flowers can be planted and should be at various times of the year.

Whilst some bulbs are best planted in the autumn or winter, others are recommended for planting in the summer months.

Most bulbs that need be planted in the spring will either flower during the summer or properly come to fruition in early autumn. This entirely depends on whether they are planted in early spring (March to early April) or late spring (late April to May).

Spring planting bulbs are easily and affordably acquired from websites like eBay and this guide aims to offer advice on the best bulbs to plant during the spring months.

Summer Flowering Bulbs

One of the advantages of planting bulbs in the spring is that they come to bloom beautifully in the summer. The summer sun and weather enhances the beauty of these flowers and they are often vibrant in colour, adding a healthy aesthetic to any garden or flower arrangement.

There are bulbs that are recommended by horticulturists and flower experts that when planted in the spring can achieve this affect, especially if maintained and looked after sufficiently and regularly.

Here are some of those recommended bulbs that should be planted in the spring months to allow for a summer bloom:

Summer Flowering Bulbs



Allium plants are much appreciated for their globe-like, spherical appearance. The flower heads are a rich, deep purple in colour and are made up of numerous, smaller flower heads. Allium is coined as a whimsical flower in that its structure is not rigid. Flowers of this nature can grow up to anything between 4 inches to 3 foot tall and may even be a foot in width.


There are a vast amount of orchids available in the flower bulb market. For this reason, there are some that are recommended for growing outdoors. However, for outdoor growth, the likes of a Chinese Ground Orchid is recommended for its humble, lavender or pink flowers. These can grow up to around 18 inches in height.


There are many different types of lilies, but they all tend to bloom exceedingly well when planted for a summer flowering. They are strongly scented flowers and are available in a variety of colours. Lilies should be planted at 2 to 3 times their bulb height. Lilies can grow up to 24 inches in height.


Dahlias provide a great source of colour for any summer garden. The colours are rich and varied, and they can grow up to anything from 12 inches right up to 5 feet tall, as well as being able to reach widths of 2 feet.

Autumn Flowering Bulbs

If one wishes to plant bulbs in the latest periods of spring and early May, they will enjoy a blooming of their chosen bulbs in early autumn. These are helped along with the summer sun.

In autumn, with the summer sun fading, one’s garden need not be void of flowers and the colours that come with them. There are certain bulbs that are recommended for planting in late spring that can ease the early autumn months (September to early October) in.

Here are some autumn flowering bulbs that should be planted as late in spring as possible:

Autumn Flowering Bulbs



Crocus flowers are one of the more popular autumn flowering bulbs that can be planted in late spring. Whilst not all forms of crocus are suitable for spring planting and autumn blooming, the likes of the ‘Fall Crocus’ are popularly purchased for this reason.

They bloom in a wide range of colours, including lilac, white, and yellow. Crocuses are not the tallest of flowers, as they grow up to between 2 and 6 inches tall, yet they are appreciated for bordering lawns and their pretty colours.


Sunflowers can be planted in late Spring so that they bloom perfectly in time for late Summer and early Autumn. Sunflowers are widely known for their ability to grow to great heights, despite their disproportioned head to stem ratio. Sunflowers can reach up to 8 feet tall and have been known to grow even higher, but this is rare. They are appreciated for the large flower head and their tendency to attract bees and butterflies with their bright yellow petals.


Clematis bulbs are very much recommended for a spring planting. Clematis is known as one of the best smelling flowers as when planted at this time of the year, and they grow to full bloom over the summer and into the autumn months. Whilst clematis is a fast growing vine, it produces beautiful white flowers that look great when covering a wall, fence or pergola.


Aster plants are appreciated for their ability to produce a wide range of colours when blooming in the autumn. These colours include blues, pinks, purples and white. Aster plants tend to grow to around 5 inches in height and because of this, they are best placed in small vases or used as a bordering flower.

How to Plant Bulbs

It is also important to know how to plant a bulb when planting in spring. The technique depends on where the flower is to be planted and should be done as follows:

-   Gather 6 groups of around 20 bulbs if one wishes to create a border using one type of flower. This allows for a fuller showing.

-   Dig a hole that accounts for double or triple the size of the bulb (use a measuring tape to find out this measurement).

-   Place the bulbs in the hole at even spacing (one bulb’s width apart) and ensure that the shoot is facing upwards and not into the ground.

-   Cover the hole over gently with the soil removed and rake the soil to flatten it, being careful not to alter the position of the bulbs.

Considerations When Planting Bulbs

· One needs to account for space, not only for the bulbs that have been planted to grow, but also for other plants and flowers that may have been planted around them. Remember to place bulbs in the ground one bulb’s width apart to allow for equal and fair growth.

· The soil type is also another thing that needs considering before planting a bulb. If the soil is not suitable for a certain type of bulb, one can purchase compost and soil on the likes of eBay at affordable prices.

· Also, when planting bulbs in the spring, it is important to take note of how regularly they will need watering. A lot of plants and flowers that grow over the summer will need regular watering, whereas other tougher plants grow better in drier conditions.

Buying Bulbs on eBay

eBay is home to a large selection of flower bulbs and flower planting equipment, all of which can be purchased securely and at reasonable rates.

Finding Bulbs

To find bulbs on eBay, visit the Home and Garden section of the site and select the Gardening link, where one will be taken to eBay’s listings of all things gardening. From here, make use of the filter tabs on the left hand side of the page and choose the Plants, Seeds and Bulbs link. The final step, in order to tailor the search to specific types of bulbs, is to type the desired bulb type into the keyword search bar.

Be sure that when a pack of bulbs has been found that it is of the correct genus and is suitable for spring planting - this can be done by finding and reading the product description.

Buying Bulbs

Whether one wishes to make a Best Offer for the bulbs, buy them at the sellers given price, or put forward a Bid on them, a price should be paid that may not be so reasonable elsewhere. Use PayPal to ensure a secure purchase is made. If any issues arise, one can contact the seller directly to ask a question.

For specially picked bargains, pay a visit to eBay’s Deals site to find affordable bulbs.


There are hundreds of different bulbs that are best planted in the spring. However, only certain ones will produce the best results.

For a beautiful summer bloom, lily bulbs may be best, and an autumn bloom can be picturesque by planting crocus bulbs.

The choice as to which flower is best planted is up to the gardener themselves, in terms of colour preference and height. The only deciding factor is whether they are recommended by horticulture experts to be planted in the season you’re currently in. Once that has been verified, head to eBay to find the bulbs for you.

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