Fall is the season for planting bulbs and the most common of these are daffodils and tulips which bloom in the spring. But there are many others that are planted in fall which will not come into flower until summer or even later in the year. These eighteen stunning flowering bulbs are described in an article by Jenny Andrews which I came across in the Garden Design Magazine.
In the glow of autumnal foliage, with the first crisp mornings and faint wisps of frost, a gardener?s thoughts oft turn to?spring and summer. After months of salivating over catalog photos, across the country thousands of bulbs are right now being popped into the ground in anticipation of a glorious display next year. This is an act of faith, the plant lover?s version of delayed gratification.
The most familiar ?bulbs? (the catchall word for what are technically termed ?geophytes,? meaning ?earth plants?) are those iconic plants like tulips, daffodils, dahlias, lilies, and gladioli, whose blooming is how we mark time in the garden. Some geophytes (trillium, camas, rain lily) rank among our most beloved wildflowers. Many can trace their heritage back hundreds of years. In the Netherlands, bulb growing is a centuries-old industry, but notes Jo-Anne van den Berg-Ohms of John Scheepers, Inc., it?s more than that, it?s the very cadence of life.
Go to the next page to discover which are Jenny Andrew’s favorite flowering bulbs.