If you plant the right bulbs in the fall, your garden wakes up with color, beauty, and wonderful fragrances after the long, dreary winter. But there are so many Fall bulbs you can plant for some spring color; which do you choose?
Here are five of our favorite Fall bulbs to plant now for beautiful flowers this spring:
1. Daffodil Fall Bulbs
Daffodils are excellent for bright yellow, pure white, or pale pink blooms. They are easy to grow, low maintenance, and resistant to deer and rodents. They also come in various shapes, such as rose-like cups, flat rings, and trumpets, so you can pick the one that works for you.
When planting daffodils, the rule of thumb is to plant them about three times the diameter of the bulb. Also, avoid total shade and ensure that they are well-watered. If planted about two weeks before the first frost, they bloom early to mid-season.
Crocuses are some of the first flowers to bloom in spring, often appearing when snow is still on the ground. They only grow to about four to six inches and could be white, yellow, purple, or striped.
Crocuses are excellent for garden borders and rock gardens. However, you should avoid them if you have a problem with deer and rodents.
Snowdrops, also called Galanthus, are tiny white and green flowers that appear in early spring. They resist critters, deer, and rodents and grow well in full or partial shade.
If you decide to plant snowdrops, plant them in large groups for the best effect. It’s also best to grow them in moist but well-drained soil. Also, be sure to plant them in partial shade.
4. Tulip Fall Bulbs
Tulips are stunning in spring, which is why most Americans plan them in autumn. Snowdrops come in various species differing in shape, size, and color, so you can find one that makes your garden as beautiful as you want it to be. They look great planted alongside grape hyacinth and daffodils.
With very few exceptions, tulips only last one season, so most don’t return the following year. However, the hustle of planting them every season is worth their beauty. On the downside, they are attacked by rodents and critters.
5. Hyacinths and Grape Hyacinths
Hyacinths have a sweet scent and come in various shapes, such as pink, purple, yellow, and white. They appear around the same time as daffodils, tulips, and deer rodents don’t like them. They come back year after year.
Although slightly different, hyacinths and grape hyacinths need the same level of care. The only difference is in the flowers they produce. The flower clusters of grape hyacinths look like bunches of grapes. They show up in early spring and spread rapidly.
Besides the five options above, there are several other bulbs you can consider planting in the spring for show-stopping summer blooms. They include Dahlia, Freesia, Lily, Begonia, and Canna.
Beautify Your Spring Garden With a Trip to Clarks Ace Hardware
To enjoy a beautiful and fragrant garden with colorful spring and early summer flowers, you must choose well. Several bulbs exist, but to help you choose, the list of our favorite Fall bulbs to plant for a beautiful spring flower garden narrows down the list to five of the best.
But now that you know what to plant, how do you get them? It’s easy. If you’re looking for gardening supplies in Columbia, Clarks Hardware’s Quality Garden Center is the right place. We offer numerous vegetables, trees, flowers, and fruits to plan. We have all Fall bulbs to complement your spring garden.