Fall BulbsWhile the spring and summer selection of garden bulbs is numerous, there are only a few fall bulbs.
When discussing fall garden bulbs, I'm talking about bulbs that flower in the fall which get planted in late spring to mid summer. Fall is the time to plant all your spring flowering bulbs also, so it can get confusing at times. Companies typically carry bulbs at the times when they should be planted, so you won't find summer and fall flowering bulbs in stock if you shop during September and October.
Fall Flowering BulbsMeadow Saffron (Colchicum species)
The white to pinkish flowers reach a height of 6 to 8 inches in height. Colchicum bloom early to mid fall
They grow best in full sun to part shade.
Colchicums are poisonous, so make sure you get them planted as quickly as you can and don't let your pets dig them up.
Fall Flowering Crocus(Crocus species)
Flower Bulbs You Can Entice To Bloom In FallElephant Ears(Colocasia esculenta)
Ok, this isn't a flower producing bulb, but it's well worth growing for the large ornamental leaves it produces. The green or black leaves produced reach a huge 3 to 6 feet.
Plant in full sun.
Dig the bulb up before the first frost and carefully store the bulb in a dry area for the winter.
Surprise Lilies, Magic Lilies or Naked Ladies (Lycoris species)
Tuberous Begonias(Begonia species)
(purple in color) and other colorful gladiolus can be enticed to bloom late by staggering the planting over a series of weeks.
Not What You Were Looking For?Were you looking for Fall Bulbs for planting in the fall so they bloom in spring? Look at the spring bulbs page
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A green thumb is nothing more than hard work and the desire to make things grow.
Albert E. Tuttle