I currently live in the Ozark Mountains and while the area is gorgeous, the rocky soil is a gardening nightmare. It is almost impossible to dig in soil that is laden with stones, and I am in the process of building raised beds all around my yard. The good news, however, is that bulbs are not planted deeply, and you can create a bulb garden without going to the trouble and expense of building wooden boxes and filling them with an abundance of topsoil.
For years, I have placed newspaper on the bottom level of my garden beds. When I lived in Mississippi, I used newspaper to help control weeds and grass and also to help amend the clay in the soil. In New Jersey, I used newspaper to control weeds and grass and to amend the sand in the soil. Now that I am in the Ozarks, I am using newspaper to control weeds and grass and to begin to create soil on top of the rocky sub-structure. I’ll use newspapers as the bottom layer in my raised beds, and I’ll put at least 8″ – 10″ of topsoil on top of the newspapers to fill the raised bed. Where I am planting bulbs, however, I only add 3″ or 4″ of topsoil above the newspaper.
How to Plant Bulbs on Top of Newspaper
Step 1: Cover the ground with a layer of newspaper that is several sheets thick.
Step 2: Add about 2″ of topsoil.
Step 3: Sort the bulbs according to size, color, and type.
Better Homes and Gardens has provided a list of the top daffodils, along with their sizes Here:
Sovereign grows to a height of 18″
White Lion grows to a height to 18″
Sentinel grows to a height of 16″
Sorbet grows to a height of 16″
Petit Four grows to a height of 16″
Barrett Browning grows to a height of 16″
Romance grows to a height of 16″
Tahiti grows to a height of 16″
Merlin grows to a height of 16″
Thalia grows to a height of 14″
Jetfire grows to a height of 14″
Quailgrows to a height of 14″
February Gold grows to a height of 12″
Jack Snipe grows to a height of 10″
Canaliculatus grows to a height of 6″
Hawera grows to be a height of 6″
I am in the process of planting an entire yard, and I set out some random mixes of bulbs. For the most part, I have no idea what exactly is included in these bags that I bought at Aldis.
I bought this mixed package of regular-sized daffodils. They should be planted in front of the XXl daffodils and other plants below:
Allium Drumsticks grow to be about 20″ – 28″ tall, but their little seedheads are only about 1″ in diameter. They bloom in June.
Scilla Sibericas only grow to be about 4″ – 6″ They should be planted toward the front of the bed.
Muscari armeniacum or grape hyacinths grow to be about 6″ – 8″ tall.
Tulip Miss Elegance grows to be about 16″ tall.
Tulip Candy Prince grows to be 12″ – 18″ tall.
In 2018, I did buy and plant the following bulbs that were named:
Ice King – 18″ tall
“‘Ice King’ presents with a pleated collar of lemon-yellow with a small burst of lemony petals in the center. The trumpet will fade to a soft chalky white with age. A real show-off in the landscape.” https://www.bluestoneperennials.com/BDAIK.html
Replete – 18″
“Best full double pink daffodil. ‘Replete’ has huge pink and cream blooms on 15” stems. An amazing showstopper in the garden. ” https://www.bluestoneperennials.com/BDARE.html
Step 4: Place bulbs into the dirt. Put the rounded side of the bulbs down and the pointed tip upward.
Step 4: Because fall is also a good time to set out pansies, I interspersed some pansy plants with the bulbs. This added more soil, and because the pansies have established roots, they will help keep the bulbs in place, until they begin to grow.
Step 5: I covered the entire bed with another couple of inches of dirt.