Flowers You Can Plant in the Fall

I see people planting bulbs and flowers now. What are the best kinds to plant?

Lots of flowers can be planted now, including the following:

Spring Flowering Bulbs

Now through November is the proper time to plant spring flowering bulbs such as tulips, daffodils and ranunculus. It is also a good time to plant summer flowering lily bulbs. You can also move these bulbs from one location to another. Wait another month to move lilies so the new bulbs have time to grow to full size.

I have a neighbor who has a very attractive “naturalized” bulb bed. She has planted both early and late flowering bulbs throughout the area.  Crocus, snowdrops and scilla are the first wave of bloom. They are followed by several kinds of daffodils. Then tulips and grape hyacinths bloom in mid-spring. A few perennial flowers are scattered in this area to continue the color into summer.

I have found that daffodils (including the miniatures) are the easiest and most reliable spring flowering bulbs. Hyacinths have wonderful fragrance. Tulips have the largest variety of types and colors of flowers. I like Blanda anemones and ranunculus for late spring bloom.

Plant Pansies Now

If you would like color through fall, most of the winter, and early next spring, nothing does the job like pansies and flowering kale. The sooner you plant, the better plants will establish themselves before winter. Try planting a bed near your entry or where you can look at them from the back deck. Tubs and planter boxes are good locations for pansies too. You can even plant them between summer flowering annuals, so they will be established when the summer annuals are through blooming.

Plant Fall and Winter Blooming Perennial Flowers

Fall aster and chrysanthemum plants are available now in bud and bloom. Hellebores, such as ‘Christmas Rose’ bloom during the winter and on into early spring. Of course any perennial flowers can be planted now. They will get a good start and be well established plants by next spring.


Allen Wilson

Allen has been writing about gardening for over 30 years. He is a retired professor of Horticulture.

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