The Bulb Design Notes Project: Narcissus, Muscari and Euphorbia

The Bulb Design Notes Project features work by Janie McCabe of M.J. McCabe Garden Design. 

Combo: White Narcissus ‘Thalia’, cobalt-blue Muscari armeniacum and variegated Euphorbia characias ‘Glacier Blue’.

Location: Madison, Connecticut, USDA Zone 6b

Notes: Here a crisp blue and white color scheme brightens a west-facing spot with plenty of sunshine in spring. The daffodil and Muscari bulbs naturalize here and come back to bloom each spring. The variegated Euphorbia is less reliable, being rated for USDA Zones 7-10. So I’m prepared to replace it each April, if needed.

By late spring, the daffodils and Muscari decline and the Euphorbia, hostas and ferns fill out, masking the fading bulb foliage. During this stretch, the bulb plants get enough sun to recharge their bulbs with energy for next year’s bloom.


The bulb experts at Colorblends thought it would be interesting to explore how some accomplished garden design professionals approach their projects. “We reached out to several designers whose work we admire and asked if they’d share the thinking behind some of their successful spring bulb and perennial combinations. Their generous responses are presented in The Bulb Design Notes Project,” says Tim Schipper of Colorblends, a national flower bulb resource. Click here to read more.

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