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Extraordinary Spring Bulbs to Plant in Fall

Skip the run-of-the-mill options for these more striking standouts

Fine Gardening - Issue 190
‘Eye Catcher’. Photo: Richard Bloom

The fall planting of bulbs for springtime may be a garden’s most hopeful investment. If you’ve been growing plants for fun for any length of time, odds are you’ve been enticed by a bulb catalog that happened to land in your mailbox, or your inbox, just as cooler weather was beginning to creep in. And if you’re a procrastinator, you’ve probably even planted bulbs in icy ground that’s just this side of freezing. Either way, this is a task with little reward in the moment other than the satisfaction of hard (sometimes frozen) work. See answers to five common bulb-planting questions.

Yet spring-blooming bulbs aren’t just symbols of hope as colorful ambassadors of the growing season. It’s the promise of that spring color when a fall chill hangs in the air that makes them irresistible. If you find yourself completely overstimulated by the sheer…

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