It’s time to think about next spring and plant bulbs that will bloom as the days get warmer. Think cheerful Daffodils, fragrant Lily of the Valley, and the queen of spring — Tulips. We’ve rounded up our top 10 bulbs, tubers and rhizomes to get your hands on now for a spring filled with color and the smells of the season. Don’t fret — Peonies and Ranunculus are on the list, too! If you’re not sure how exactly bulbs, tubers and rhizomes are different, read on. If you don’t care and just want to shore up a plan for a beautiful spring, skip on down the page to take in our picks and order them online!
Bulbs, like Tulips, are divided into layers like an onion. Tubers have multiple “eyes” (buds) sprout from them like a potato. You can cut off individual hunks with eyes and plant them to get new plants. Dahlia is an example of a flower that grows from tubers. Tubers, unlike bulbs, and rhizomes, do not multiply.
The last type of underground plant part that stores food is the rhizome, which is essentially a swollen stem that has adapted itself to lie on or under the ground instead of growing vertically. Rhizomes look like roots and also have eyes which sprout into a plant.
Now onto our favorites!
P.S. Don’t be fooled by the gorgeous daffodils above! They’re actually made of paper. See the full tutorial here if you’d like to make some for yourself!