Fall Gardening – Planting Bulbs

It’s time to order bulbs to plant over the next few weeks so you can enjoy them in the spring.

Fall planting is so enjoyable with cooler temperatures here in Pennsylvania, and I love to shop, so I order a few new ones to add to my garden each year.

Here’s what I’m planting:

Fritillaria persica

Fritillaria persica

Allium nectaroscordum

Allium nectaroscordum

Dutch Iris Blue Ribbon

Dutch Iris Blue Ribbon

Fritillaria persica
Also known as the Persian Lily. I’ve always admired Fritillaria but have never planted them. This one was hard to resist with its amazing dark flowers. It’s considered a garden heirloom that dates back to 1573. 

Allium nectaroscordum
Commonly known as 
Mediterranean Bells or Sicilian honey garlic. I’m pretty sure these will do well since I already have Allium growing in my garden.

Dutch Iris ‘Blue Ribbon’
Hybridized by Holland growers this iris has thin reed-like foliage frequently used by florists. It makes a great cut flower.

I ordered my bulbs from Bluestone Perennials. You can click on the photos for more information. Besides being beautiful, new additions to my garden, I chose these because they are all considered deer and rodent resistant- a definite necessity where I live.

When planting your bulbs, follow the directions indicated by the grower. When in doubt, plant the bulb pointy side up, three to four times as deep as the bulb is wide. Sunny, well-drained areas are best, to avoid rot. Consider planting in groups or mass planting for a good show in the spring, and if you are worried about squirrels and chipmunks, try covering the planting area with chicken wire and then covering the wire with mulch.

Now you know what I’m planting, how about you?




About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Thanks for sharing! Sometimes it’s just too easy to stick to tulips and daffodils! Hmmmmm, may order myself some pretty irises to plant this fall!

  2. This is a great article Patti. Thanks for taking the time to put it together and share. Those Allium are gorgeous, I think I need some for the garden.


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