If you enjoy the colour and variety of bulbs and want to bask in their beauty all year long, autumn and winter flowering bulbs are a must-have to ensure that you achieve a continuously abundant display after your summer flowering bulbs have faded.
Plant these bulbs in late summer to reap the rewards come September and October. Dahlia and Begonia lovers will be in their element this season, with a huge number of varieties favouring the autumn climate.
Popular autumn flowering bulbs - what flowers are best to plant in autumn autumn bulbs?
Dahlia - Available in a wide range of colours, Dahlias are a firm favourite of landscapers for their talk stalks and large flowers. Moderately easy to grow, Dahlias are well suited to a sunny position in fertile, well-drained soil.
Begonia - There are over 1000 different varieties of Begonia, including tuberous varieties! These plants produce plush blooms in a range of shades from ice white to fiery orange. There are even wonderful trailing varieties which suit hanging baskets and containers perfectly.
Colchium - These cormous perennials are the definition of ‘short and sweet’. With pretty, pastel-coloured flowers and an ability to naturalise without too much effort, these are perfect autumn flowering bulbs for your post-summer garden.
Cyclamen - You might have seen these beautiful little specimens on woodland walks, growing under trees or on banks in shaded areas. You can easily achieve the magical beauty of these bulbs in your own garden by growing them in a fertile, well-draining spot in partial shade.
Top tip for growing autumn flowering bulbs
For the best results when planting bulbs, ensure to add compost on top of your bulb before you add the soil on top, then water well.