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Here are five tips for fall bulb planting season from third generation Dutch-American plantsman Hans Langeveld.

raised bed with spring bulbs

Fall Bulb Planting Tip from Longfield Gardens: A Raised Raised Bed

Though all color choices are highly personal, some combinations are more universally pleasing than others.

Hans Langeveld keeps his eyes open and his camera handy when visiting Holland each spring as co-owner of, an online bulb retail website. The third generation Dutch-American plantsman is constantly on the move, looking for fresh ideas and new ways to do things. Here he offers five tips for fall bulb planting season.

A Raised Raised Bed
"I spotted this smart planter in Holland this spring. One could call it a raised raised bed," says Hans. "It would be easy to copy and build - four legs, a few crossbeams, a base with drainage, a bed to hold soil and plants. The look is clean and simple. What more could a gardener want? Wheels, I think!"

Choose Mixes for Layered Bloom
Consider creating a multi-layered mix of spring bloomers when planting bulbs this fall, says Hans. Choose tulip and daffodil varieties that bloom in the same period of spring. Mix short and medium-tall varieties with small flowers and taller varieties with larger flowers. Premix the bulbs and plant them together, all at once, in a trench 6 to 8 inches deep.

Bloom Color Choices
Though all color choices are highly personal, some combinations are more universally pleasing than others. A good example is this appealing mix of blue and purple hues, starring blue grape hyacinths (Muscari armeniacum), fuchsia hyacinths and purple tulips. The trio of mid-spring bloomers are framed beautifully by a border of green.

Unexpectedly Appealing
Unexpected color combinations can be unexpectedly appealing, says Hans. One of Longfield's new tulip mixes for Fall 2012 bulb planting season pairs red-orange Tulip 'Temple of Beauty' (Single Late Tulip) and burgundy Tulip 'Merlot' (Lily-Flowered Tulip). “I love this combo. Both bloom in late spring,” says Hans. “We bag our combo varieties separately so gardeners can choose whether to plant them side by side or mixed.”

Mini Bulbs, Maxi Impact
Crisp white and blue are classic spring bloom colors, says Hans. For naturalistic perennial plantings with a subtle but sophisticated air, this fall plant mixed beds of white wind flowers (Anemone blanda 'White Splendour') and blue grape hyacinths (Muscari armeniacum). Both bloom early spring through late spring, making them ideal as long-lasting bloom partners in garden beds or landscape plantings

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