So which type should you plant? Since Tulips and daffodils are the two most popular let's consider the benefits of both.
1. Longest bloom time - winner Daffodils
2. Naturalize and multiply each year more prolifically - winner Daffodils
3. Most color choices - winner Tulips
4. Best at NOT getting eaten by squirrels and deers - winner Daffodils
5. Flowers which hold up better to wind - winner Daffodils
Well, as you can see I am believer that Daffodils are a better bulb to plant in your garden. Overall they just do so much more. The blooms last longer, they multiply easier and you don't have to worry about anyone digging them up for lunch! However, in fairness, I do plant Tulips in my garden too, how can not you not love the colors. So many different shapes, heights, blooming times and colors of Tulips make it hard to not want some in your garden for spring color. You think of a color and there's a Tulips to match it. Just be prepared to treat them as annuals. Although Tulips are classified as perennials I dig them up once the foliage has died and either store them in a cool dry place until next fall, give them away or toss them into my compost pile.
Regardless of which bulbs you like now is the time to plant them! Be sure to visit your local garden center and get them in the ground by Halloween.
Feel free to email any comment or questions to me. Happy Fall.
WBZ Gardening Expert
Owner, Pemberton Garden Services
2225 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, Ma 02140