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Question: If I plant bulbs now for spring blooms, should I plant something on top of the bulbs to avoid having barren dirt until spring? I live in zone 10 so the ground never freezes.

Can I plant bulbs that bloom at different times, in close proximity, so that various flowers are always blooming?

Answer: You can design and plant a spectacular bulb garden with a succession of blooms by following a few guidelines. Keep in mind that different bulbs need to planted at different depths; be sure to offset the smaller bulbs by a few inches so they won?t be uprooted when the larger bulbs emerge from the soil. For instance, plant tulips and daffodils, cover them with a few inches of soil and then plant grape hyacinths, cover them with a few inches of soil and then plant crocus. Once the bulbs are firmly planted you can cover over the area with seasonal annuals. The roots of the annuals won?t grow deep enough to bother the bulbs. I?d plant the bulbs, then plant pansies or snapdragons (or your favorite winter blooming annuals). When they are spent, replace the annuals with spring bloomers. After the bulbs have given their performance, you can replace the annuals with summer color such as petunias. With a little thought and planning you can have a spectacular garden with seasonal color and a big splash of spring blooming bulbs. Enjoy!

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