5 New Bulbs to Plant This Fall for Spring Color

Put your trowel to work now to get splashy spring displays featuring sweet-smelling hyacinths and radiant tulips. Plus, three tips for fall bulb planting!

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Tulips, daffodils and hyacinths never go out of style. But they do get a little snazzier and more versatile as breeders and growers make modifications for home gardeners. Colorblends has launched a line of bulb combinations that mix two or more varieties into singular jaw-dropping spring displays. We’ve picked a few of our favorites.

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Sunshine Boys daffodils

Two bright and bold daffodil favorites are paired up in an extremely durable blend. This early-blooming combo reaches 16 inches tall. Grow in Zones 3 to 7.

Where to buy it: Colorblends

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Wildfyre tulips

Melt your yard’s wintry look in even the most unpredictable spring weather with this mega-watt sunrise of a blend. It features two hearty, multiflowered wild tulips. Grow in Zones 3 to 7.

Where to buy it: Colorblends

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Beauty of Spring tulips

These soft yellow tulips live up to their name. They look hand-painted with stripes of red on the petals. Grow in Zones 3 to 8.

Where to buy it: Colorblends

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Vitamin See tulips

Citrusy yellow and orange mingle with grape-colored blooms in a shapely mix featuring fluttery, spiky and rounded edges. Grow in Zones 3 to 7.

Where to buy it: Colorblends

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Etouffee hyacinths

For an early burst of sweet hyacinth scents, try this stunning group of four pretty pastels. They’re bold and brassy at only 10 inches tall. Grow in Zones 4 to 7.

Where to buy it: Colorblends

3 Easy Steps for Fall Bulb Planting

  1. Choose a spot that gets at least six hours of sunlight per day. The area should also have good drainage. Avoid places with soggy soil where rainwater collects. Plan for about five bulbs per square foot.
  2. Dig a hole about two to three times the height of the bulb; add compost, organic matter or slow-releasing fertilizer. (Smaller bulbs need a hole only about 3 inches deep.) Set the bulb, pointed side up, in the hole, and fill.
  3. Give the freshly planted bulbs a good soak and say sayonara until spring.

Kirsten Schrader
Kirsten is the executive editor of Birds & Blooms. She's been with the brand in various roles since 2007. She has many favorite birds (it changes with the seasons), but top picks include the red-headed woodpecker, Baltimore oriole and rose-breasted grosbeak. Her bucket list bird is the painted bunting.