Best Bulbs for Fall Planting

Heather Diemer - Thursday, October 04, 2018

Do you like to plan ahead?

Fall is a great time for planting ahead, especially spring-flowering bulbs.

Bulb planting season starts once your soil temperature reaches about 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Now, you may wonder what am I going to do, take my soils temperature! Well, you don’t have too.  There are other ways to gauge when it is the right time for fall bulb planting:

  • Nighttime temperatures average between 40 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Fall foliage has moved just past its peak
  • Crickets no longer chirp
  • Squirrels are digging as fast as they can 
  • Birds start to group and depart
  • The air smells of wood smoke

It’s not great to plant too early, but it really isn’t a big deal if you plant your bulbs a little late. Once your soil reaches that optimal temperature you still have a six to eight week window before your ground freezes hard as a rock.

Also if you can’t plant your bulbs right away- put them in a cool, dry place with good air circulation.

Here are some great fall bulbs to add to your garden for a spring flower show:

  • Tulips
  • Daffodils
  • Allium
  • Crocus
  • Dutch Iris
  • Fritillaria
  • Grape Hyacinth
  • Snowdrops
  • Bluebells
  • Spider Lily
  • Starflower
  • Anemone

Written by Meghan Shomper, RLA – our newest licensed Landscape Architect

To learn more about our landscape design and planning services, contact Paul Lepard, RLA, PP at or 610.265.8323.

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