The Q&A Archives: Spring Bulbs for Shade

Question: Which spring flowering bulbs will grow in a shady area with good soil?

Answer: The answer to your question depends on the reason for the shade and its density. If it is due to deciduous trees, try some early bulbs such as grape hyacinths, crocus and earlier varieties of daffodils and narcissus. These bulbs will grow and bloom before the trees leaf out and make the area shady. For partial shade, camassia is another one to try along with the smaller pink, white, and blue wood hyacinths. If the shade is caused by a building, there may still be enough light for some bulbs but most of them really do prefer at least a half day of sun. You might experiment with just a few and see which ones do best in your situation.

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