Naturalizing an area with bulbs- crocus and others?
Does anyone have any recommendations on what to think about before deciding to naturalize an area?
We got rid of our front lawn 2 years ago. It is covered in mulch and I have a good start on perennials- all turned out to be summer bloomers though, doh.
It is still very slow process and we have a mound that's about 10ft long by 4ft wide- meant to give added dimensions in our yard. We're still deciding if it was a good idea to do this- if you have planting suggestion would love to hear them. But, since I only have 2 plants on the mound so far, I was thinking of planting snow crocuses now to give my yard more color in the spring and feed the bees.
-how many do you plant in an area?
-just plant anywhere? No lines or patterns, right?
-do you stick to 1 type of bulb- snow crocus, or mix in daffodils and tulips?
-can I eventually plant other plants on top of bulbs and still have the bulbs come up when the other plants haven't really started to grow for the season?
-AND- how much of a pain in the butt is it to plant 100 or so bulbs?
Is it worth the effort? It looks great in photos but does it actually turn out that way for someone who has only been gardening for 2 years? This appeals to me because I don't need to plan it. I don't seem to have a good eye for arranging flowers.
Any advice is appreciated.