The Best Bulbs for Dry Soil
by Lee Wyatt
(last updated September 23, 2020)
Dry soil can often be a problem for those who would like to grow some bulbs in their garden. After all, while bulbs in general may not like soil that is overly wet, there is a few that don't do all that well in dry soil either. If you find yourself faced with some dry soil you will need to choose the proper bulbs to grow in it. Here is a list of some of the best bulbs for dry soil that you could grow in your garden.
- Tulips. The wonderful thing about tulips is that they will grow quite well in just about any kind of soil type. That being said, if you are going to plant them in dry soil, you need to wait and plant the bulbs into the soil only after it has rained. Make sure that the soil is weed and stone free, and has recently been aerated. On the average, the hole that you will be planting needs to be big enough to fit all of the bulbs (no more than two or three) you are planting in one single group. A good depth to plant the bulbs to is about twice the length of the bulb itself.
- Alliums. These are a truly unique, and beautiful plant that can add a wonderful touch of the fantastic to your garden. Due to its particular drought and dry condition hardiness, it should be noted that it needs a little extra protection during the winter months, most particularly in zones 5 and 6. If the soil gets too much moisture it could lead to bulb rot, so be sure that you have it planted in an area that gets really good drainage.
- Anemone. This is a beautiful and delicate looking plant that will bloom quite well in a well drained, lighter soil. It does require that it be planted in either full or partial sun. When in bloom they can range in color from white to purple, and work quite well as a cut flower. Keep in mind that the petals will quickly fade (usually within a week) after having bloomed.
- Blackberry lily. Not your traditional looking lily, it is more known for the clusters of black berries that form when the seeds are ready to open in the fall. These particular types of lilies are really easy to care for during the summer time, and are extremely easy to grow. Since these types of flowers are particularly easy to grow, often all you need to do is plant it and you can leave it alone.
- Camassia. Camassia is a wonderfully resilient and beautiful bulb plant that can grow in a wide variety of soils. While it is ideal for dry soil (particularly since it can survive in zones 3 through 10) it can also tolerate wet soil. In addition, if you happen to have any deer in the area, then this plant is a good one to have in your garden since it is also deer resistant. Keep in mind that it can grow up to four feet tall, and will produce white or blue colored petals.