Deer, squirrels, and other small critters can be a problem in our area as they also love spring bulbs, although for different reasons than we do. With that being said, some of the safest bets are daffodils, scilla, snowdrops, hyacinth (muscari), allium and fritillaria.
Try interplanting giant spring allium among your hosta. Use muscari with white anemone for a jaw-dropping combination.
And then there is Fritillaria. This may not be a familiar name to you but once you see this spring stunner you won’t soon forget it!
The bulbs will not be found in nurseries or big box stores and thankfully it’s not too late to get your order in (be forewarned that some varieties may be sold out at this point for the season).
Before placing your order, double-check to be sure your selection is hardy to our zone 5, as some varieties are more hardy than others.
Growing from 2-4’ tall, they come in a variety of colors and patterns (even checkered – so unique!) and will bloom for weeks on end. Interplanting with daffodils is a popular combination, although they will certainly shine on their own!
Plant in well-drained soil that receives at least part to full sun (the more the better), and you will be rewarded with a beautiful display for years to come.