A Guide to Fall Bulbs to Plant Now Part 2

Good evening! As promised on Monday, we will be continuing the top 10 fall bulbs to plant now list. Below are 5 more beautiful flowers that you can plant now to enjoy in the spring and early summer next year.

Fall Bulbs to Plant 6 Fritillaria

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These flowers bloom during the latter part of spring or in the early summer and look exotic, if a bit intimidating. However, they are very easy to plant just like many other bulbs. You just want to be sure that they’re being watered regularly. Even though they like rich, moist soil, they can adapt to soil that’s full of clay. Some types of fritillaria can even be planted through your lawn, even though it can’t be mowed until the leaves faded. You also don’t need to deadhead the flowers, since the plants are able to self-sow and increase the patch.

You should plant your bulbs so that it’s 2-3x the bulbs’ diameter. You might want to consider digging a nice, wide hole and space your bulbs randomly at its bottom, instead of digging a hole for each individual bulb. As it is with the majority of long-lived bulbs, they don’t like when you disturb them, except when you are dividing large clumps. You also want to make sure that you are wearing gardening gloves while planting them since they can sometimes cause skin irritation.

  • Growing Zones: 5-8
  • Colors: Orange, maroon, yellow and red
  • Sun Requirements: Full sun – partial shade
  • Soil Requirements: moist, rich, well-draining

Fall Bulbs to Plant 7 Grape Hyacinth

These tiny plants may look like they’re fragile, but they are very hardy like the others in this list of fall bulbs to plant now. You plant them during the fall so that they bloom in the early – middle spring. You shouldn’t be surprised if you are seeing some of their leaves emerging and staying until spring. It’s a great feature, because it’s going to prevent accidental digging in the area.

You don’t have to worry about planting them deeply – two inches or so will be enough. These bulbs are fleshy, and they often dry out fast due to their small size. So, you want to make sure that they are watered well after you plant them. You also want to make sure that you’re watering them until either the ground’s frozen or it’s covered in snow. Once they’ve been established, you don’t have to worry about giving them additional care. They will rapidly multiply, so if you want to divide them you should do this during the late summer during their dormancy. Some of the bulbs poke over the soil’s surface when it’s time to divide them.

  • Growing Zones: 3-11
  • Colors: Shades of purple and blue
  • Sun Requirements: Full sun – partial shade
  • Soil Requirements: Loamy and well-draining

Fall Bulbs to Plant 8 Lilies

These beautiful flowers grow out of fall bulbs to plant, and they are sweetly scented. They also come in a lot of varieties that you can choose from. Although they’re prized for being elegant, they’re also very rugged. Begin with really large bulbs. Choose the most expensive ones that you can. This will give you large, hardy flowers. The soil you are planting them in should be well-drained, since the flowers are going to rot if the soil is soggy. Not only that, but lilies don’t go fully dormant. So you should leave your plants standing even after they’ve bloomed and keep them regularly watered.

Your lilies will generally flower during the summer. You also can extend the blooming period when you plant different varieties with different opening times. For instance, Asiatic lilies are early season. Once they begin fading, Turk’s Cap or martagons begin opening. The trumpet lilies will herald the peak part of summer. And you don’t want to be without planting Oriental lilies, which are the lilies tha are most fragrant.

  • Growing Zones: 3-9 based on variety
  • Colors: Pink, orange, white, red, and yellow
  • Sun Requirements: Full sun
  • Soil Requirements: Moist, rich, well-draining

Fall Bulbs to Plant 9 Snowdrops

These tiny flowers will break through the frozen ground during the late part of winter to the early part of spring, and they will bloom in surprisingly cold temperatures. Even ice or snow won’t dampen these flowers’ spirits.

Snowdrops should be planted around 2-3” in groups. A single bulb isn’t going to make a huge difference in your garden. However, when you plant a bunch of them, they are going to look gorgeous. You won’t have to divide the bulbs. But if you want to move some of them the best time to do it is right after they’ve flowered. You shouldn’t remove their foliage until it’s considerably degraded and yellowed., because waiting will give your plant an opportunity to store up nutrients for the future.

  • Growing Zones: 3-8
  • Colors: Pale green, white
  • Sun Requirements: Full sun – partial shade
  • Soil Requirements: Humusy, well-draining, moderately moist

Fall Bulbs to Plant 10 Wild Hyacinth

Wild hyacinths prefer moist soil and full sun. if you’re able to provide this, they are going to keep returning for a long time without a lot of maintenance. If you have soil that’s usually dry, watering them regularly and planning them in an area with partial shade might help. However, they likely won’t thrive the way they do in the right conditions.

These bulbs bloom in the later part of spring to the early part of summer. When you plant them during the fall, the bulbs’ pointed ends should be pointed up. You should also plant them around 4” deep. You want to water them well then. By the middle of the summer, their foliage will begin degrading. However, you shouldn’t remove it. Your plant’s still using that foliage for storing nutrients.

  • Growing Zones: 3-8
  • Colors: Blue, lavender and white
  • Sun Requirements: Full sun
  • Soil Requirements: Moist and well-draining

These are five more fall bulbs to plant so that you can have a gorgeous spring garden. Worried about having time to do the planting yourself, or maybe you don’t have a green thumb? We’ll be glad to do the planting for you. Contact us today and we’ll be glad to give you a quote.

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