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Spring Flowering Bulbs; The Best Bulbs to Plant in Autumn

Spring flowering bulbs need to be planted in autumn whilst the earth is still warm and before the first frosts arrive.

September is the perfect time to choose and plant spring flowering bulbs. These brave bulbs will give your garden its first splash of colour come the New Year. The most important thing for you to remember whilst out shopping for spring flowering bulbs is that they must be plump and firm to touch. Don’t be afraid to give them a little squeeze before buying them!

To help prevent winter rot, bulbs should be planted in well-drained soil and in a sunny position. As a general rule bulbs should be planted 2-3 times their own depth. They should also be planted about 2 bulbs width apart. In most cases it is easy to tell which is the top of the bulb, but if you’re in any doubt then plant it sideways. Being clever little devils they’ll soon right themselves!

Our favourite spring flowering bulbs

Here’s a selection of our favourite spring flowering bulbs that can be planted this autumn. We love them because they’ll give the garden a succession of colour from January through to June. They’ll also provide early butterflies, bees and other pollinators with a vital source of nectar.

spring flowering bulbs

Get planning and planting now, and come January, when you’re still snuggled up in front of the fire, these little bulbs will be starting to brave the frost and snow for you. To learn about other jobs you can be doing in the garden this September, please read our blog Gardening jobs for September.

If you have a favourite bulb that can be planted in autumn, we’d love to know. Please do leave your comments in the box below.

A bientôt
Katherine x



'Spring Flowering Bulbs; The Best Bulbs to Plant in Autumn' have 2 comments

  1. September 9, 2016 @ 3:08 pm Top 8 Gardening Jobs for September | jardin-perdu

    […] 2. Plant spring flowering bulbs. Whilst the soil is still warm, September is the perfect time to plant bulbs which will flower early next year. Bulbs I’m going to be planting this month include Winter aconite (French name: Aconit d’hiver) which will flower from January to March and Dogs-tooth violet (French name: Erythrone) which will flower from March to April. If you’d like more ideas about which bulbs you can plant now for spring colour, please read my earlier blog here. […]


  2. September 6, 2018 @ 1:52 pm jardin-perdu / Gardening jobs for September - our top 8 gardening jobs for the month ahead

    […] This is my absolute favourite September gardening job! Whilst the soil is still warm, September is the perfect month to plant bulbs which will flower early next year. Shelves in shops are now bulging with an array of spring flowering bulbs to tempt you, including Winter aconite, Allium, Tulip and Iris reticulata. To learn more, read our blog about our favourite Spring flowering bulbs. […]


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