Common Spring Bulbs

Spring blooming flower bulbs are those that lay dormant under the soil throughout the winter until spring, when they start to push up through the soil with new growth. There are a number of spring bulbs that produce beautiful blooms and are easy to cultivate. These common spring bulbs are easy to find at local nurseries.

Grape Hyacinth

The grape hyacinth (Muscari spp.) is an easy to grow bulbous perennial that hails from the Mediterranean and parts of Asia. The low growing plant is instantly recognizable, boasting columns of grape-shaped flowers in purple, lilac and white shades, in addition to sporting thin, grasslike leaves. Grape hyacinths require little care and bloom early in the springtime. Grow the grape hyacinth in U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zones 3 to 10, in organic soil that is well drained. The plant prefers full sunlight with some afternoon shade in hotter zones. Grape hyacinth should be watered frequently in the spring months, but withhold watering during the plant's dormancy.


A member of the lily family, the tulip (Tulipa spp.) is a bulbous perennial originally native to Central Asia (though the flower is heavily associated with The Netherlands). The plant boasts thick green foliage and brightly colored egg-shaped blooms in almost every color. The plant is an early spring bloomer, producing its signature blooms early in the year. Tulips are a little bit tricky to grow, as they require well drained soil that is rich with phosphorus and potassium, but not nitrogen. Tulips can be grown in USDA Zones 4 to 10, in a location with full sun--ideally coming from the south. Tulips can be watered on occasion if they start to look a little dried out.


The daffodil (Narcissus spp.) is a flowering perennial that blooms from a bulb in early to mid spring. The plant grows in a wide range of conditions, and is a common sight in USDA Zones 3A to 9A. Daffodils are notable for their cup-shaped flowers, with colors from all white, all yellow or a mixture of yellow and white, depending on the cultivar. The plant boasts a sturdy stalk and handsome fleshy foliage, making it an ideal cut flower. Daffodils grow best in neutral, well drained soils in either partial shade or full sunlight. The plants should be watered frequently to keep the soil consistently, evenly moist.

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Michelle Wishhart is a writer based out of Astoria, Ore. She has been writing professionally for five years, starting with her position as a staff arts writer for an alternative weekly paper in Santa Cruz. She has a B.A. in fine arts from the University of California in Santa Cruz and a minor in English literature.