Spring Bulbs to Plant This Fall

Plant these classic bulbs in autumn for an unforgettable spring flower show.

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©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: Image courtesy of Longfield Gardens

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: Image courtesy of Longfield Gardens

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Daffodil

Whether you grow them by the dozen or by the hundred, sunny daffodils are a classic bulb and among the first to flower in the spring.

Daffodil

The 'Satin Pink' daffodil is an unusual variety with pure white petals and a pink-flushed central cup.

Iris

Iris are loved for their spiky spring foliage and delicate flowers that grow on tall stems. They typically blossom from late spring into summer, depending on the variety.

Gladiolus

Gladiolus produces aromatic, pale yellow or cream flowers on thin, arching stems in spring. Gladioli grow from tender corms, so dig them up in the fall for overwintering indoors.

Tulips

Tulips come in a wild variety of shapes, sizes and colors and are a classic addition to any spring garden.

'Ballerina' Tulip

The 'Ballerina' tulip has "flaming" orange and red petals and is sweetly-scented.

Hyacinth

Hyacinths feature glossy leaves and fragrant, bell-shaped flowers.

Grape Hyacinth

The grape hyacinth has spikes of tightly clustered, tiny blue flowers in spring. It's perfect for containers and rock or woodland gardens.

Parrot Tulips

Parrot tulips are a large, vibrant variety of tulips with fringed, curled or frilled edges. 'Yellow Present' has creamy yellow flowers that bloom in mid-spring.

Allium

Alliums are a true season-spanner. They are comfortable in bloom with both spring- and summer-flowering bulbs and their tall, star-shaped globes of flowers make a striking addition to any garden style.

Glory of the Snow

Glory of the snow is a small, low-growing bulb with delicate, pretty pink to white flowers, often popping up even if there is snow on the ground.

Winter Aconite

Aconites grow from small, knobby tubers. The winter aconite produces bright yellow flowers in late winter and early spring.

Dog’s-Tooth Violet

Perfect for moist, shady woodland areas, dog's-tooth violet has sulfur-yellow flowers in spring, backed by deep green leaves.

Crocus

Spring crocus delights with dainty flowers in shades of purple, pink, white, orange, yellow and even blue. Try a mass planting to brighten up dreary landscapes in late winter and early spring.

Anemone

Spring-blooming anemones provide bright pops of color to the spring landscape. The low-growing rhizomes like slightly acidic soil and part shade. Shorter varieties make a great addition to rock gardens.

Anemone 'Black Eyed Beauty'

This stunning anemone produces two layers of white petals that surround a silvery-blue center.

Snowdrop

Snowdrops produce single, nodding, white flowers that appear as early as late winter and into early spring.

Freesia

Freesia produces a mass of bright, citrus-scented flowers.

Quamash

The tall spikes of the quamash feature star-shaped, creamy-white flowers that are an excellent choice for cuttings.

Crown Imperial

The Crown imperial stands regally within a border. Clusters of orange, drooping, bell-shaped flowers radiate from the top of tall stems in mid- to late spring. Flower clusters are topped by a pineapple-like tuft of spiky bracts.

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