Ideas for your fall bulb planting


This is the time of year when we start ordering bulbs for late fall planting. We do this now while the popular varieties of daffodils and tulips are available – and often you can find deals if you order early for fall delivery.

There are different ways to design your bulb planting:

1.  Naturalizing.  The bulbs planted are usually daffodils, crocuses, snow drops, and/or grape hyacinths.  These types of bulbs multiply and and perform better year after year.  The bulbs can be planted randomly in drifts in lawn or woodland areas.  In this photo, we planted and transplanted several different varieties (hundreds) of daffodils in a grassy field that is not mown very frequently.  There are successions of blooming daffodils all spring; it is stunning to see.  We used a power drill with a large auger bit to plant these.


2. Seasonal planting.  This is when we usually use tulips.  Most tulips are great the first year, but that’s the best they will ever look.  They weaken over time.  We treat tulips as annuals and we replant them each year – usually wherever we plant other annuals.

3.  Cutting garden.  These are bulbs that would be planted for the sole purpose of cutting and putting into a vase.  French tulips,  Parrot tulips, Hyacinth,  and daffodils are popular choices because of their fragrance, unusual bloom, or durability after cutting.

When selecting bulb placement on your site always consider sun exposure and a spot that has good drainage. Bulbs will rot if they are given too much water.  Also keep in mind the bloom time for the bulbs you choose.  Choose different varieties of tulips (for instance) so that you are having tulips in bloom for a month or more, rather than a couple of weeks.

Here are companies that we would recommend ordering from:

Happy planting!!

Purple Beautyberry – Callicarpa dichotoma

Look for this stunning plant in the months of September and October for it’s showy purple fruit. It will get to 4′ -6′ tall and wide at maturity and has white blooms around June. Here’s a close up photo of the plant at a home in the Warrenton area.

Fall Bulbs

NOW is the time to plan and order your fall bulbs!


Bradford Pear = Bad idea

This is typical of all Bradford Pears. A severe thunderstorm or a heavy snowfall will cause a major branch to break off or cause the tree to fall over. The Bradford Pear is a fast grower, which means it has weak wood. The tree is also heavily branched and has a full canopy. When a windy storm or heavy snow hits the branches, the tree or its branches will snap off. If you insist on planting one of these, consider thinning the branching or planting it away from buildings or cars.