After a long, hot summer, the weather has finally turned here in Nashville in recent weeks. We’ve traded in the mid-90s of early autumn for highs in the 50s and 60s. But whether you’re a fan of the cooler temperatures or not, there’s part of your landscaping that loves this time of year: spring-flowering bulbs.
Let’s take a closer look at when you should plant your spring-flowering bulbs, and which bulbs should be on your list!
When to Plant Spring Bulbs
As we already mentioned, the colder weather is essential for planting your spring bulbs. In an area like Middle Tennessee where warm weather often stretches into the autumn months, it’s more important to look at the weather than at your calendar to decide when to plant.
You want to get these bulbs in the ground once the evening temperatures drop into the 40s and 50s consistently, but before the ground is frozen. As it gets closer to Thanksgiving, the lows will drop below freezing more and more, so don’t put it off any longer than necessary.
However, if you think you’ve missed the window to plant your spring-flowering bulbs, there may still be hope. Your bulbs will have a better chance surviving in cold soil than in your garage, so just dig your holes a few inches deeper than usual to get under any partially frozen topsoil. Once there’s a hard freeze, mulch the area with a thick layer of leaves or straw for added protection.
Bulbs to Plant in Fall
Feeling short on inspiration when it comes to choosing bulbs? While there’s a huge selection of spring-flowering bulbs you could get in the ground this fall, here are a few favorites you may want to include:
- Dutch Iris
- Spanish Bluebell
Whatever combination you choose, just remember to plant them “pointy-side up” in a sunny spot where the soil will drain well. Happy planting!