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Creating Natural Plantings

Spring blooming bulbs are a refreshing site after a long winter and nothing is more enchanting than big drifts of bulbs naturalized or planted informally in grassy areas or in lightly shaded woodlands
Designing Natural Plantings Naturalized plantings should mimic nature and blend in with the existing landscape. To achieve this, lay out your planting areas so they follow the contours of your land and be generous with the size of the areas to be planted. The impact of your planting will be much greater if you have several large areas of naturalized bulbs than if you have lots of small areas. Naturalized plantings look best when they are planted densely in the center then feather out to fewer bulbs at the edges of the planting. And finally, swaths of one solid color generally have a greater impact than drifts of mixed colors. Location The key to selecting a good location for naturalizing bulbs is that it must be an area that isn't mowed until after the foliage ripens or turns yellow. (The ripening foliage is feeding the bulb so it can store everything it needs to bloom again next spring.) Therefore, a manicured front lawn may not be the best place for a naturalized planting but areas underneath deciduous trees, grassy meadows, a slope or hill or a woodland are ideal.
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