Bulbs are not just for planting beds in the Midwest, lawns offer abundant space, sunny locations, and an open pallet.
Where to plant and what type of bulbs varies with how the gardener wants to deal with the remaining leaves after blooming. The leaves must be allowed to stay long enough to gather energy for next year. Taller bulb varieties must not be mowed down until early summer. Shorter leaved varieties can be mowed over, as leaf height is close to the same height of grass. My experience deems these shorter varieties have a better chance for survival, as most residents feel the need to mow their lawn as early as possible.
Bulbs will be killed if a weed and feed type amendment is added to the lawn. Be sure to avoid the bulb planted areas if it is used. Preferably, use a light fertilizer [10-10-10] in the spring after flowering, or none at.
There are two methods to planting bulbs within a lawn;
For mass plantings, shave a strip of sod, place the bulbs, and return the strip.
Use a bulb planter to pop out cores of grass, plant bulb, and replace core.
Any bulb can be planted within the lawn, but this is a list of shorter varieties that work well.
Chionodoxa luciliae ‘Gigantea’ – glory of the snow – 6 inches high – There are blue with white centers, pink, and white bloom colors. C. sardensis has deep blue blooms.
Scilla Siberica – Siberian Squill or Wood Squill – 6″ – 8″ inches high – Vivid dark blue.
Crocus vernus ssp. – crocus – 3 inches high – Blooms in shades of purple, white, and yellow.
Galanthus nivalis – common snowdrop – 7 inches high – Blooms white in early spring. Can be planted in a shady area.
Leucojum vernum – snowflake – 6 inches – Blooms white and resembles snowdrops. These may take a season or two to become established.
Muscari armeniacum – grape hyacinth – 6 inches high – Blooms in spikes of deep blue.
Colchycum luteum – meadow saffron – 8 inches high – Blooms yellow. Most varieties of saffron bloom in autumn be sure to buy this specific variety.
© Ilex Farrell ~ Midwestern Plant Girl