Back to Basics: Perennial Bulbs to Plant in Fall

perennial bulbs to plant in fall

Plant these perennial bulbs in fall for gorgeous spring blooms


You’re looking for ideas to prepare your garden for next year, to ensure your spring garden is full of color, fragrance, and texture. It’s not too late to consider perennial bulbs to plant in fall. The Northwest corner of Bergen County falls in hardiness Zone 6a, while the Eastern part of the county falls in Zone 6b. Planting and growing in these zones usually runs as late as mid-November. Be sure to plant your garden with plenty of bulbs this fall!


At Borst Landscape & Design, we can help you choose the right perennial bulbs to plant in fall for an impressive spring show. Better yet, our expert landscape designers can work with you to create the garden of your dreams, and install it while you attend to other things during this busy season. 


Call (201) 581-8076 or contact us online today to learn more about our gardening and landscaping services.

What are the many advantages of bulbs?

Perennial bulbs to plant in fall are an excellent choice for new gardeners. They require minimal care once growing and are generally easy to plant. These spring-flowering bulbs are the earliest plants to bloom, with snowdrops and winter aconites flowering as early as March. 


Bulbs are versatile, with a type for almost any location. You can plant solid beds, or spread your bulbs around rock gardens and perennial borders. Bulbs are charming along paths and walkways, and around pools. Many spring-flowering bulbs can even be naturalized in woodlands, fields, or lawns.


Planting bulbs beneath large trees is rarely a good idea, due to the dense shade and competition from tree roots.  Daffodils and other early-flowering bulbs are the exceptions. While they still face competition from the tree for nutrients and water, they can photosynthesize before the leaves grow in enough to shade them out.


Most perennial bulbs planted in fall do well the first year regardless of where they’re planted.  Most of what they need to thrive is packaged right in the bulb!

Which perennial bulbs should I plant in fall?

Read below to meet some of the colorful favorites that can flourish on your Bergen County property.


Some of the most beginner-friendly perennial bulbs for planting in fall are Daffodils. Daffodils are deer-resistant, and squirrels remain uninterested. They grow in a wide range of hardiness zones, are reliable perennials, and tend to multiply slowly.


Daffodils, also known as Narcissus, are a genus of plants that include a wide range of varieties with different shades and shapes. You can find varieties with lush white and yellow double blooms, or elegant ivory varieties called “paperwhites.” Try mixing and matching the classic yellow daffodils with a few fancy Narcissus varieties to add some extra dimension to your springtime display.


Another popular perennial bulb to plant in fall is the Allium, an ornamental onion that blooms on tall, narrow stems. They are generally shades of pink, blue, purple, or white. These spiky globes naturalize well, and the seed heads add interest well into the winter with their beautiful round shape.


With over 300 varieties available, there’s bound to be an Iris for everyone. Irises are available in a range of colors and sizes, in bearded or crested types. They are also a magnet for butterflies and hummingbirds.

Borst is your partner for custom garden design 

Don’t miss the boat – be sure to consider perennial bulbs to plant in the fall, so when spring rolls around you will have a yard full of flowers to enjoy. Reach out to award-winning Borst Landscape and Design, and we will work with you to make your garden a source of beauty and satisfaction. 

Call us today at 201-581-8076, or fill out a contact form on our website.


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