Plant bulbs in autumn for stunning spring colour. Bulbs are little storage facilities that hold all the nutrients and energy needed to grow the plant next spring. Also, when in bloom, the plant makes more energy for the bulb to store over the next winter.

How to Plant Bulbs in Autumn for Beautiful Spring Colour

  • It’s best to plant bulbs in the fall, after a few frosts.
  • Look for good bulbs that are free from any damage, rot or scabs. Also, ensure the bulbs are firm and free from any funky or rotten smells.
  • Plant bulbs so that the smaller plants are closer to the front of your flower garden and the taller ones are at the back. The size of the plant is related to the size of the bulb, the bigger the bulb, the bigger the plant.  TIP: Plant bulbs which bloom in the spring around the base of late growing plants. For example, plant spring blooming bulbs around the base of Hostas. Therefore, spring blooming bulbs will be done flowering once the other plants grow in. So, you get use your garden space more efficiently.
  • Plant bulbs according to the depth listed on the package. Make sure the pointy side of each bulb is facing up. If in doubt, plant the bulb sideways.
  • Look for groupings of one colour or a balance of many colours when you plant bulbs.
  • Remember, not all bulbs are perennials (come back every year), especially tulips. Read the package to find out which are perennialized and which are not.

Frank Ferragine AKA “Frankie Flowers” is an award winning gardening expert and “weather specialist” on City’s morning show Breakfast Television in Toronto.

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