Add Flowers this Fall for a Colorful Spring Garden

Flowers for Vegetable Garden

One of the most frequent comments I get about my vegetable garden is that it’s so beautiful. Aesthetics are important to me, and having a productive and beautiful garden is my goal each year. And since my garden is very visible to my whole neighborhood, I figure my neighbors appreciate the effort!

It’s doesn’t take a lot of extra work to have a vegetable garden that pops with color and interest. You just need to know a few tricks of the trade!

Spring starts slowly here in Wisconsin and the vegetable garden can seem pretty flat and boring at that time of year. Mostly I feel like I’m looking at a field of hay and woodchip mulch. So, a few years ago I decided to add some spring color to my vegetable garden. I always plant bulbs in my perennial gardens and each spring I always seem to think to myself, “More bulbs next year.” It’s a long winter here and those first blooms of the spring mean so much to a color starved gardener like me. There’s no such thing as too many bulbs in my book!

So, I went to my local nursery and bought tulip, daffodil and allium bulbs. I tucked them into the corners of some of my garden beds last fall. Wow! This spring it really made a difference to have those flowers blooming by the beginning of May. You can see from the photos that there’s not much else going on in the garden at that time. The flowers really offer some dramatic pops of color.

Spring Vegetable Garden

Spring Bulbs Vegetable Garden

As you can see, I simply planted the bulbs at the ends of several beds throughout the garden. I usually plant summer annuals in those spots anyway, so by the time the blooms were fading I tucked in another plant around it.

Spring Flowers in Vegetable Garden

Bulbs in Vegetable Garden

Flower Bulbs Vegetable Garden

I love this photo with the purple kale in the background behind the pink tulip.

Spring Flowers for Vegetable Garden

I like successions of flowers in my garden, so I also planted late-season blooming bulbs like iris and purple allium in the perennial bed between my front yard garden and the street.

The time to plant bulbs is now in most areas! Take a trip to your local nursery and add some color to your vegetable garden in the coming weeks. I liked mine so much this spring that I’m going to add a few more bulbs this fall.

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Comments

  • What a great idea to have bulb flowers scattered throughout your garden! We’re having major renovation done right now, so the whole yard is a big pile of mud, but when we get to the landscaping part next spring, I’ll definitely keep this idea in mind.

    • Major renovation – that sounds exciting! Sounds like you’ll have a bit of a blank slate to be creative with next year.

      • (Chuckle) “Blank slate” is the glass half full way of looking at it. “Giant mud pit” is the way it’s feeling right now!!

  • David (thegoblinchief)

    Next year’s project is a major revamping of the bed layout to eke out more usable space. If there’s money left in the fall, I’ll be putting some money into the ornamentals for the first time in a few years. My kids love tulips and crocuses especially.

    • Gardening work is never done, right? We’re always moving things around each year. Especially in our perennial beds where things get overgrown within a few years.

  • Hi! The garden is beautiful!

    I’m wondering what’s planted (and so big so early!) In the 3rd picture down from the top, behind the red and yellow whirly gigs?

    • Hi Chris- The photo is from early May and that’s garlic in those two beds. It’s very fun and easy to grow if you haven’t before!

  • I love this idea! I’m getting ready to add some more bulbs in the flower garden portion of the backyard, and I’ll make sure to get some extras for the vegetable plot 🙂

    • Francine- Yes! There’s never such thing as too much color in spring as far as I’m concerned!

  • Completely agree with flower enhancement. If your out planting it’s great to throw in some color! Beautiful & Thanks for sharing

  • Tanya Anderson

    Great article! Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas for livening up the garden with color. I plan to do this right away.

    • Alright! That’s what I like to hear! Keep me posted on how it goes for you, Tanya. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Hi! I am a budding gardener myself and have been experimenting with balcony herbs and veggies this past year. I just read your post and love the idea of planting bulbs too, but I don’t have the yard to plant anything in the ground. If I tried planting bulbs in pots on my balcony, do you think they would grow alright and blossom in the spring as well as they would in the ground? Thanks for the blog posts, I enjoy reading them!

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