5 Best Bulbs for Fall Planting

Fall is finally here, and the leaves are changing. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have a green thumb–there are plenty of bulbs that will thrive in the fall. Bulb planting is a joyful experience and one that blossoms into beautiful plants and ornamental flowers in the springtime.

Here are 5 great types of bulbs for planting this fall to help beautify your yard all winter long!

Alliums (Allium spp.)

Alliums (Allium spp.)

Alliums are perennial flowering plants that grow from bulbs. They produce tall stalks with clusters of small, brightly colored flowers at the top! Allium flowers come in many different colors including purple, red, yellow, and white.

  • Colors: White, pink, purple, yellow
  • Light Exposure:Full sun
  • Soil: Average, slightly acidic, well-draining

Daffodils (Narcissus spp. and hybrids)

Daffodils (Narcissus spp. and hybrids)

Daffodils are the most popular spring-flowering bulbs. They have bright golden trumpets that will bring life to your garden or landscape every year! Daffodil leaves emerge in early spring and die back in early summer, so they won’t take all of your yard’s nutrients before winter comes. If you live in an area with cold winter temperatures, plant daffodils in an area with well-draining soil to help prevent the bulbs from rotting.

  • Color : Pink, white, yellow
  • Light Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil: Rich, moist, well-draining

Dutch Iris (Iris x hollandica)

Dutch Iris (Iris x hollandica)

Dutch iris bulbs produce beautiful blue and purple flowers with a white center. Like daffodils, Dutch Iris leaves emerge in early spring and die back over the summer months. They are best planted in well-draining soil that has been enriched with organic matter or fertilizer to ensure they flower every year!

  • Color : Blue, maroon, violet, white, yellow
  • Light Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil: Rich, moderately moist, well-draining

Lilies (Lilium spp.)

Lilies (Lilium spp.)

Lilies are some of the most fragrant and colorful flowers you can grow in your garden. There are many different types of lily bulbs, so be sure to do a little research before choosing which ones will work for your landscape! Some great lilies to consider include Asiatic (Lilium spp.), Oriental (Lilium spp.), and Tiger (Lilium lancifolium).

  • Color : Orange, pink, red, white, yellow
  • Light Exposure: Full sun
  • Soil: Rich, moist, well-draining

Snowdrops (Galanthus spp.)

Snowdrops (Galanthus spp.)

Snowdrops are the first flowers to emerge in your garden every year. They have pretty white petals with yellow centers, and they grow from small bulbs! Snowdrops prefer cool temperatures so it is best not to disturb the soil around them too much after planting. If you live in an area that gets a lot of snowfall during the winter months, you can cover your snowdrops with soil or mulch to ensure they survive the cold temperatures.

  • Color : White, pale green
  • Light Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil: Humusy, moderately moist, well-draining

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