For a brilliant display of flowers early next spring, you have to plant bulbs in fall. Daffodils and tulips are lovely, for sure, but you see thousands of them at strip malls and in non-gardeners' yards. This fall, plant native bulbs and give your organic landscape a unique look that's more sustainable than the familiar bulbs (typically imported from Holland) without compromising on ease and beauty.
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These lesser-known species live "on the economy." That is, they are important in the life cycles of wildlife and are aesthetically fitting- small, but essential parts of the larger flora. They naturalize, increasing their numbers readily, and attract pollinators (unlike many hybrid bulbs). Plus, many are perfect for low-water-use gardens. You can choose native bulbs that bloom nearly every month of the growing season.
Rarely carried at garden centers or big box stores, native bulbs are most readily found through mail order catalogs. Be sure the website or catalog specifically states that the bulbs were not harvested from the wild.