Now that we've had a good rain and the soil temperatures are cooling down, it's a great time to plant spring-blooming bulbs. There are so many beautiful choices to plant this fall, something for every garden. Are deer and gophers a problem in your garden? Try narcissus (daffodils), allium or fritillaria. Lots of shade? Plant ipheon, eranthis, scilla or galanthus (snowdrops). Early blooming narcissus work great under deciduous trees because they bloom before many trees leaf out in the spring. Looking for fragrance? Freesia and hyacinth smell amazing! Are you adding to your cutting garden? Tulips are beautiful cut flowers, and we have over 50 varieties to choose from. (Tulip tip: Our tulips are pre-chilled, so you only need to refrigerate them if you want them to have longer, stronger stems for cut flowers. Parrot tulips and other late season blooming tulips make the best cut flowers.) Don't forget ranunculus and Dutch iris when planting for cut flowers!
Plant flower bulbs this fall, and then plant pansies right over the bulbs. (Tulips and daffodils work nicely with pansies.) The bulbs will bloom as usual in spring and the pansies will give you color this fall. This is a great way to get more color in your garden and you won't have to plant again until it's time to plant summer annuals. This is an easy way to get gardening done for two seasons at once!