Fall Flowering Bulbs

Spring has sprung. The Robins are chirping, the trees are budding and the patios are being swept. And in most gardens the first flowers are in full bloom. All that hard work you put in the late fall planting tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocus is finally paying off in brilliant displays of color.

Most everyone is familiar with those plants when discussing bulbs but many don’t realize that there are several different specimens that if planted this spring will produce a similar showing of blooms in the late summer and fall.

When autumn comes and the leaves begin to turn and flowers are harder to come by it would be a beautiful sight to see bursts of color throughout your flowerbeds.

All bulbs, no matter when they flower, are planted the same. Dig a hole that is 3x’s the size of their diameter. Mix a small scoop of bone meal in with the soil in the bottom of the hole and place the bulb. This will help keep rodents away and produce healthier plants. Don’t worry if the bulb is upside down, it will corrected itself. Cover the hole with soil and make sure the ground stays moist through it’s growing period. It’s always best to plant bulbs in bunches to create a better visual effect.

The following are examples of fall flowering bulbs that may be a great addition to any garden. Don’t be afraid to try something new. It’ll be worth in the end. Or should I say in the fall?

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Autumn Crocus, Meadow Saffron

Blooms: Mid September-early November

Flowers: large goblet like blooms in shades of pink, purple or white

Size: 2-8″ tall

Special Note: the foliage of this plant dies away before the plant blooms

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Crocus

Blooms: late September-first snowfall

Flowers: narrow grass-like leaves with white, blue, violet, yellow, orangeor lavender blooms

Size: 2-4″ tall

Special Note: the flower will close up on dark and cool days

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Cyclamen

Blooms: late August-early November

Flowers: marbled leaves with dainty white or shades of pink flowers

Size: 6-8″ tall

Special notes: leaves appear before or after flowering

 

Dahlia

Dahlia

Blooms: summer-fall

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Flowers: large variety of sizes from button small to dinner plate large with many different color combinations

Size: anywhere from 1′ to 7′ tall

Special Note: Cut flowers from the dahlia will last at least a week

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