Fall is a wonderful time of year for gardeners. Many people are planting their cool season veggie crops, planning their Fall Herb Garden, rotating their annuals to ones in shades of orange, yellow, and red. But one thing most gardeners look forward to is seeing their fall bulbs pop out of the ground.
Not only is it the perfect time to plant bulbs to bloom in the spring, but it is also the perfect season to see fall bulbs in full bloom. You can find some incredibly awesome fall bulbs at your local nursery, on Amazon, and from bulb companies.
NOTE: this advice is going to be different based on your growing zone. Plant the bulbs early and you may get some late-Fall flowering. Plant them late and you won't get them until the Spring!
Both Asiatic and Oriental Lilies are bulbs, which most people might not know. You can find them in every color under the sun, so finding one that is awesome for you garden shouldn’t be a problem. Lilies have a sweet smell and can perfume up your entire garden. They also multiply quite easily so make sure to divide them out every year. A few of my favorite varieties are Tiger Lilies, Starfighters, and Casablanca lilies. They grow great in the fall and will bloom again in the spring.
Glads are another bulb that does great in a fall garden. They can get up to five feet tall and can be top heavy, so plant them towards the back of the garden and be prepared that you might need to stake them. Glads come in colors such as white, yellow, light and dark purple, orange, red, green, and various shades of pink.
Sweet, beautiful purple and white crocus are some of the prettiest little bulbs that like to bloom in late fall/early winter and can keep going through spring. They have been known to pop up even in a little bit of snow. In some areas, they are the first indicator that spring is around the corner and in other areas, they only bloom in the fall.
Iris might be the easiest bulb to plant. It comes in white, yellow, and a dark and light shade of purple. They multiply easily and can be grown year round, with the fall being the most popular season. There are hundreds of varieties of Irises and online communities that sell and trade some of the rarer varieties.
What bulbs will you be planting this Fall?