13 Fabulous New Bulbs to Plant for Spring
Fall is prime-time for planting hyacinth, daffodils and tulips for beautiful spring color.
New 'Beyond Baroque' is a blend of tulips with large, full flowers. Plant the bulbs 5 inches deep in full sun. They're recommended for USDA zones 3 to 7.
Gardeners know it’s never too early to think about spring. September and October are ideal for planting bulbs that will burst into bloom when the earth warms up again.
Put your bulbs in the ground at least six weeks before the ground freezes. This year, add rich, new colors and forms to your garden with these varieties.
Daffodils and Narcissus
‘Golden Earring’ is a mix of six varieties that includes jonquils, tazettas, doubles and large-cupped daffodils. The bulbs bloom over a period of time, so your spring show isn’t over in one big splash. The flowers in this mix are yellow, and many have orange accents. For best results, plant them in masses. They’ll naturalize easily.
‘Tete Boucle’ These mini daffodils have double flowers that appear in early spring. Grow them in pots, borders and window boxes, or cut the stems for bouquets. Bees are attracted to the light and dark golden-yellow blooms, but rabbits and deer seldom bother them. If you’re new to gardening, this is an easy-to-grow variety. Plant in zones 2-10.
'Charming Lady' Recommended for zones 3-7, this small-cupped narcissus has deep pink trumpets and snowy white petals. The blooms open from early to mid-season. The plants are deer resistant, so you can use them in woodland areas or between trees and shrubs, as well as in the usual beds and borders. Plant in groups or mix them with other spring flowers and perennials.
'Pride of Lions' This new daffodil has a wide, frilly cup described as “marigold orange” with brilliant yellow petals. It’s an early bloomer, recommended for zones 3 to 7 in the South and to zone 9 in the West. The 18-20” stems are good for cutting.
New ‘Monal’ is one of the first narcissus to bloom in spring, often hitting its stride just as other varieties are showing their buds. Its big, bright reddish-orange cups stand out against yellow petals.
Tulip Blend 'Metamorphic' The double, peony-shaped tulips in this blend, says Colorblends horticulturist Christian Curless, are a bit like ugly ducklings, because they bloom late, and their foliage is somewhat ungainly. "But then something magical happens. The flowers unfurl into broad bowls full of petals in gorgeous colors of purple, rich pink and blush white. 'Look, you will say. Look at my garden! It has blossomed into a beautiful swan!'"
Double Late Tulip 'Pink Star' This tulip's magenta and pink blooms have touches of apricot and a full shape that will remind you of peonies. They’re fragrant and make excellent cut flowers from late spring to mid-summer. Recommended for zones 2-8.
‘Rosy Bouquet’ If you prefer a traditional tulip shape, this robust bloomer fits the bill. The white and pink blooms are nice for beds, borders and cutting gardens. ‘Rosy Bouquet’ is a mid-season flower that grows 10-12 inches tall. Grow it in zones 3-7.
‘Dior’ You could almost mistake these tulips for peonies. The pink, ruffled blooms are held on 10 to 12-inch stems and open in early spring. This tulip performs best in zones 3-7. ‘Dior’ like Tulip ‘Rosy Bouquet’ and daffodil ‘Charming Lady’ has been sold in Europe, but the W. Atlee Burpee Company is the only company offering them in the U.S. this year.
‘Aveyron’ If bold pinks aren’t for you, try this large, double variety with antique-pink flowers. The petals become nearly white along the edges. The plants bloom late in the season in zones 3-7.
‘Beyond Baroque’ Another mid to late-season bloomer, this tulip blend comes in shades of pink, purple and deep purple-rose. Grow the flowers in zones 3-7 for mid to late-season color.
Other Bulbs to Plant in Fall
Hyacinth Blend ‘Nouvelle Orleans’™ You’re practically growing your own perfume with these multi-flowering hyacinths. The white, pastel blue and pastel pink flowers are fragrant and grow to 10 inches tall. Unlike more common rounded varieties with densely-packed florets, these flowers have a slender shape and loose, relaxed spires. Plant them in zones 4-7 and expect early season blooms.
Allium Oreophilum is a shorter-than-usual allium, reaching 12-18” high, so it’s great for growing in pots or with other perennials in the garden. Best for zones 4-10, it’s deer resistant and can be dried or cut fresh for arrangements. The loose, magenta flower heads open from late spring to mid-summer.