Planting spring-flowering bulbs is one of the easiest ways to bring colour to your garden, and they appear at the time of year when we especially appreciate green and growing things.
To give bulbs the best chance of surviving winter, plant them in fall soon after purchasing. Choose well-draining soil (more sandy than clay-like) and plant the bulbs at a depth of approximately three times their diameter. Then throw a little bone meal into the hole to feed the roots. After they start blooming, allow the foliage to turn brown before cutting it back — this gives the nutrients time to feed the bulb so it will do well the following year. A benefit of most spring-flowering bulbs is their ability to naturalize: over the years they will spread in a manageable way with little intervention needed to keep them flourishing.
Here are six bulbs to plant this fall:
These bulbs often bloom in late winter or early spring (earning their name!). Plant them in a sunny spot for the earliest blooms. Hardy to zone 3 to 9.