With the cooler temperatures and shorter days, you probably want to pack up your gardening tools and call it a day. But before you do, be sure to plant your spring-flowering bulbs! The bulbs are usually planted in late September to early November when the soil is moist soil and when the weather is cool. The cooler weather helps the root systems develop before winter sets in.
Here are our favourite bulbs to plant now for spring colour:
These beauties are a must for every garden! Nothing says spring quite like tulips. Tulips come in a wide variety of bright, vibrant colours and interesting forms. They also make beautiful cut flowers. Plant in masses in beds or borders to create a show-stopping garden! They would also be ideal for containers. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Space bulbs 4-6 inches apart.
Another must for a spring garden is the cheerful daffodil. These showy trumpet-shaped flowers are easy to grow and would be suitable for borders, especially in a woodland garden. One bulb produces 2-3 stalks and will bear multiple flowers. Daffodils make lovely cut flowers. Plant in full sun or partial shade in fertile, well-drained soil. Space bulbs 3-6 inches apart.
Crocuses are one of the earliest flowers to bloom and they are easy to grow. These showy flowers will brighten up a dull landscape in the late winter/early spring and will come back annually without much maintenance! And as a bonus, the bulbs are deer resistant. Bulbs look best planted in groups of 10 or more in borders or beds. Plant in full sun or partial shade well-drained soil in a sunny spot. Space bulbs a few inches apart.
Hyacinth will bring beauty and a sweet, intoxicating fragrance to your garden. The scent alone is one of the reasons it’s a top favourite with gardeners. Flowers would be ideal for beds and borders and container gardening. Hyacinths would make lovely cut flowers. Plant in full sun in somewhat fertile, well-drained soil. Space bulbs 3 inches apart. It is a good idea to wear gloves because the bulbs can cause skin irritations.
Allium, with their striking flower heads and tall stems, will add height and drama to gardens. There are hundreds of different varieties to choose from, ranging in colours and sizes. Taller varieties make excellent border plants, while dwarf ones would be suitable for rock gardens. Bulbs are deer resistant. Flowers can be used for floral arrangements. Moreover, the dried seed heads look attractive and can be cut for arrangements. Plant bulbs in full sun or partial shade in well-drained soil.
- Beginner’s Guide to Planting Spring Flowering Bulbs in the Fall (funflowerfacts.com)
- Spring flowering bulbs (plewspottingshed.wordpress.com)