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When it comes to gardening, few things are as rewarding as flower bulbs. They come pre-packaged for easy planting, and while you have to plant most of the bulbs two seasons ahead of time, they’re fairly predictable—so you know when to expect your beautiful blooms. And if you time it correctly, you can plant flower bulbs that pop up from spring to fall. If you want to avoid a trip to the greenhouse, we’ve rounded up the best bulbs you can buy from the comfort of your home—just plant and go!
Spend your Sunday drinking tea on your porch instead of fighting crowds at your local Lowe's brick-and-mortar storefront. Online, you can find a wide selection of nearly 200 bulbs, some of which can be picked up in-store within the same day. Lowes’ selection ranges from your standard bulbs, such as peonies and dahlias, to more adventurous picks, such as crocosmia. They also have a wide selection of vegetable bulbs and greenery. Finding what you want is also a breeze, thanks to search filters for bloom color, growth habit, and even light requirements.
One of the best perks of buying from Lowes online is you can easily return to your local store if you’re unsatisfied for any reason. Expect the flower bulbs to arrive on your doorstep within a week or pick up items up in-store. Just make sure you’re ready to plant the bulbs when you have them in-hand.
American Meadows features one of the largest selections of flower bulbs online. Their website is easy to use and well-organized, with categories such as “sun-loving bulbs,” “bulbs that attract butterflies,” and “deer-resistant bulbs.” They also have many how-to guides to help you get started or answer any of your burning bulb questions. With over 700 varieties of flower bulbs, there’s sure to be something for everyone and every type of garden. Plus, American Meadows offers a one-year guarantee. As long as you follow the company’s care directions, they will replace any plant that doesn’t survive within the year. Whether you’re a newbie gardener or an experienced one, this peace of mind helps you rest assured you’ll see beautiful daffodils next spring.
The Home Depot
Similar to Lowes, The Home Depot also offers a large selection of flower bulbs that can be purchased from the comfort of your couch. In fact, The Home Depot has over 1,000 options, some of which can be delivered, while others can be picked up at your local store. You can sort their products down by annual, perennial, and biennial as well as by characteristics, such as deer-resistant and drought-tolerant. Prices start at $5 for a single bulb and go up to over $80 for a 12-pack of apple blossom amaryllis bulbs.
You’ll get free shipping on orders over $45 and free in-store pickup on any priced order. If you order online, expect to get them within the week, but be sure to order bulbs that are ready to plant when they arrive.
Michigan Bulb Co.
The Michigan Bulb Co. has been in business for over 75 years, so they’re a brand you can trust when it comes to flower bulbs. Their selection is large but curated, with over 250 high-quality bulb options. Some of their most popular sellers, such as anemone dahlia cannes bulbs, cost about $4 a bulb, while bulk packages of daffodils will run about $20. Filter your search by bloom season, sun exposure, main use, and characteristics to make it easy to find the right bulb for your situation. Their shipping schedule is based on region and bloom season and makes it easy for you to plan out your garden.
Michigan Bulb Co. offers a no-risk guarantee that promises if you’re unsatisfied for any reason you can call customer service and they will make it right.
Eden Brothers is an online garden supplier based in North Carolina that offers over 600 varieties of flower bulbs for every type of garden. One of their most popular bulbs, dahlias, starts at $15, and prices go up from there. You can arrange bulbs by blooming season, feature, height, and light requirements, but if you have more questions about the best type of bulb you can email their customer service department. They guarantee that their bulbs are made without any fillers and offer a 15-day return policy for unused goods. If you’re unsatisfied with your plants and believe your bulbs were defective, the company will offer store credit or a replacement.
Eden Brothers ships on a schedule depending on your location and the season of your bulbs. They recommend unpacking and planting as soon as possible upon arrival, as they are perishable.
Brent and Becky’s Bulbs
Based in Virginia, Brent and Becky’s Bulbs has been growing since 1900. Their flower bulb selection consists of both spring and fall planted bulbs. The options are curated, but you’ll still find over 100 different types of flower bulbs with everything from begonias to hibiscus to crocus. They ship twice a year and start taking spring bulb orders in January of the same year. They also sell a wide variety of garden tools and accessories to help you stock up on everything you need for a beautiful backyard.
Brent and Becky’s guarantees that all of their flower bulbs will arrive in great condition. If anything looks amiss upon arrival, you have seven days to notify the company and request a replacement. Though they don’t offer a guarantee regarding the bulb’s success, they are happy to talk through any issues you may face and try to find a solution.
Brecks has been growing flower bulbs from Holland since 1818 and they are the largest importer in the U.S. of Dutch bulbs. This is a great choice if you’re interested in a wide variety of tulips, but they offer a wide selection of all types of bulbs. Their plant finder tool allows you to search for the best flower bulbs for your location and region, so you can be sure the bulbs you pick will thrive in your garden. Bulbs are shipped on a schedule depending on the season and your location and should be planted immediately upon arrival. They also offer a wide selection of backyard essentials, such as pots, watering cans, bird feeders (see our favorite bird feeders here) and more, so you can buy everything you need in one convenient place.
Brecks also offers one of the most generous guarantees of any store, promising to replace your plant at any time through its lifetime if it fails to thrive. This can be a great way to feel confident when purchasing, especially if you’re a novice gardener.