You pick up a bag of bulbs in a store and think, ‘where could I plant these?’ When you see that the package says ‘Full Sun’ you might put them back.

But even if your yard is shady all summer, you may have many more places to plant bulbs than you think. That’s because so many bulbs bloom before deciduous trees leaf out. So, if you have trees that lose their leaves — like oaks and maples, dogwoods, beeches, etc. – you’ll have plenty of sunny spots in the early spring when the bulbs need the light.

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That means you can plant the very first flowering bulbs from snowdrops, chionodoxa, and crocus through to the early-blooming daffodils and tulips. So, take a look and see where you might have shade now, but plenty of sun still early in the spring. Then go get some bulbs to plant where they can enjoy the sunshine – and you can enjoy their pretty colors and scents – long before the trees have leafed out.

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Reported By: Phran Novelli, KYW Newsradio

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