At the bottom - about six-inches deep - place the large bulbs such as tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. Fill the hole halfway, and plant another layer of smaller bulbs, such as snow iris, crocus or grape hyacinths. Finish filling the hole and then apply the icing. In the loose soil, plant pansies.
This layering makes perfect sense because the roots of these plants are occupying different levels in the soil. The pansies will live through and prosper during winter, even providing a few flowers in the coldest months. In spring, the pansies will make a great display. They'll make ideal companions for the spring-flowering bulbs.
My "layer cake" includes deep pink 'Woodstock' hyacinths, yellow and white 'Ice Follies' daffodils, deep purple snow iris and yellow and purple 'Morpheus' pansies. Create your own beautiful variation of this recipe for a spectacular spring display.
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