When it comes to adding a pop of early spring color, nothing can quite match the simplicity and beauty of planting fall bulbs!

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Tulips – one of the most well-known of spring flowering bulbs

Fall bulbs are easy to plant, and provide years of early spring color to your landscape. All with little maintenance. 

Fall bulbs need to be planted a few weeks before the ground freezes over. In cooler northern climates, this can usually be anywhere from late September to Mid October. For the warmer climates of the south and west, they can usually be planted into mid November and even December.

Bulbs can be planted singularly, in small groups, or in big patches for an explosion of color. When planting fall bulbs, simply dig down a few inches, add a bit of compost to the soil, water and cover up.

Most varieties are planted at a depth of about 2 to 3 times the width of the bulb. Once planted, cover with a light 1″ covering of mulch to help protect from harsh winter temperatures. 

With our first full season living at the farm in the books, we are excited to start planting a big mix of fall bulbs this year to add a new level of color to the landscape. Here are 3 of our favorites.

Planting Fall Bulbs – 3 Great Varieties For Spring Color

Daffodils

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The simple beauty of daffodils

Nothing quite signals the start of spring like daffodils, Their bright yellow and white blooms are a signal that warmer temperatures are just around the corner. Daffodils are extremely hardy and require little maintenance once planted. 

Daffodil bulbs are perfect to place in existing flowerbeds in small groups. Plant them in between perennials plants that won’t begin to show their foliage until long after the daffodils are gone.

Adding to their allure, daffodils are extremely deer, rodent and pest resistant.

Product Links : 25 Dutch Master Daffodil Bulbs  ,  Rip Van Winkle Daffodils

Tulips

Probably the most well-known of sprig flowering bulbs, tulips come in a huge array of colors and sizes! From purple, red, yellow, white and more, they are an easy way to add big color.

Tulips perform best when planted in a sunny and drier location. They have a tendency to rot when planted in too wet of an area, and need the sun to bloom to full size and color.

From miniature to over-sized bulbs, the selection of available varieties are nearly endless!

Product Links : Red Oxford Tulips,   Triumph Multi Color Mix

Hyacinth 

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Hyacinth’s spikey blooms are a perfect introduction to spring.

Hyacinth bulbs are one of the more interesting of all when it comes to spring-flowering bulbs. They are incredibly fragrant – and their long, showy stems add a unique look to the landscape. In addition, they are also perfect for cutting and bringing indoors. 

Hyacinth perform best when planted in full to mostly sunny locations. Their bulbs tend to be fairly large, and need to be planted to a depth of 6 to 8 inches.

They are extremely low maintenance and require little attention after planting. They are an excellent choice to provide years and years of beautiful spring color and fragrance.

Product Link : Easter Joy 

Here’s to planting some fall bulbs this year to put a little color into your landscape next spring! – Jim and Mary. If you would like to receive our DIY, Gardening and Recipe articles each week, you can sign up via email at the very bottom of this post. You can also like and follow us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram to receive all of our latest tips and articles. This article may contain affiliate links.


2 thoughts on “Planting Fall Bulbs – 3 Great Varieties To Add Color To Spring Landscapes!

  • September 11, 2017 at 7:26 am
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    This is our first fall in North Carolina. We came from FL, where bulbs did not do well. Can these three be planted under trees, or is it too shady? I am looking forward to having bulbs come up in the spring.

  • September 10, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    Hello … have tried bulb planting in years past, but we have a hearty population of squirrels who pillage almost anything we plant, especially bulbs. Any suggestions on how to protect our plantings. Also we lose all our tulips which seem to have a voice calling out to the deer who only come seasonally, mostly in Spring. I love wildlife, but also love my flora. Thanks so much for the wonderful newsletter postings. I have shared and recommended your site to so many friends and relatives.

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