Around the middle of September every year, I like to head out to my flower beds to plant bulbs for Spring. A majority of bulbs need to experience a “hard freeze” before they are ready to bloom again in the Spring, so planting them in September is the perfect way to provide this. And not only do they look great to come Spring, but it’s always fun to dig into the soil and get your hands dirty one last time before winter hits. Here are a few Fall planting bulbs.
Fall Planting Bulbs
Alliums are one of the hardiest bulbs. Not only do they require little maintenance when bloomed, but they’re totally deer-proof. Alliums are hardy in zones 5-8 and they thrive in areas of full sun. Expect your Allium bulbs to bloom in late May or early June. Though it blooms a bit later in the year, they can stay in bloom for 4-5 weeks at a time.
A member of the hyacinth family, bluebells are one of the most fragrant flowers out there. These will bloom as soon as the ground heats up, usually in early April, depending on the area in which you live. Grow these beauties in an area of partial shade, and keep them away from garden edging. They make take over in those areas. These make beautiful cut flowers, too.
As soon as the daffodils bloom, it seems like Spring has officially sprung. Daffodils are one of the easiest to grow spring-blooming flowers. In fact, the same bulb can bloom for centuries. They’re hardy in a variety of zones, too, and can thrive in zones 4-11. Expect these beauties to bloom just as soon as the snow has melted and the ground has warmed up.
Lillies are one of my very favorite flowers simply due to their timeless beauty. Hardy in zones 3-9, this bulb can grow up to feet tall, displaying beautiful blooms throughout the late summer months. Additionally, the smell wonderful and make beautiful cut flowers.
Looking for a unique bloom to brighten up a dull corner of your garden? Look no further than the Grape Hyacinth plant. They love areas of partial sun, and their late blooms make their entrance towards the end of May. These bulbs will need to be deadheaded after the growing season.
Looking to learn more about bulbs? Check out this article on bulbs to plant in Spring!