You might think I’ve lost it a little, talking about fall already. But I’ve had a few questions, and planning ahead is the key to creating a magnificent garden.
As any experienced gardener will know, fall (or autumn, depending on where you’re from!) is the best time of year to be planting. While it’s tempting to toddle off inside where the nippy air won’t chill you, if you want a glorious spring garden then fall is the time to make it happen.
You see, contrary to what you might think, bulbs get very busy during the winter.
If you pick a hardy bunch of varieties, they will be busy all throughout the cold months, germinating, putting roots down, and ever so slowly emerging towards the surface.
Fall is also the time when you have the opportunity to really design your garden. Much of the foliage will have fallen away, and you’ll be able to remove any plants you don’t want any more with much greater ease.
Once this is done, you can put your effort into planting your bulbs in a stunning design, so that when spring comes and everything blooms, your garden will be just spectacular.
A few tips before we get onto the actual bulb selection: Plant your bulbs any time before the ground freezes, but preferably no later than a week or two before it happens. Make sure the area you are in planting in drains well, and that there will be plenty of sunshine hitting it.
Add some gentle mulch or fertiliser after planting, but keep it away from the bulb itself, as the acidity can damage fledgling roots.
Now – what you came for. Here are the best bulbs to plant in the fall:
- Dutch Iris
- Species Tulips
- Parrot Tulip
- Darwin Hybrid Tulip
- Grecian Windflower
- Checkered Lily
- Siberian Squill
- Crown Imperial
Get a bunch of these bulbs and arrange them all around your garden. Plant them in clusters for a huge visual impact when they flower in the spring and you can truly appreciate all your hard work.