When you tuck in those fall annuals this year, why not sneak in a spring surprise or two?
With a little extra effort now, you can add early and long-lasting spring excitement by layering flowering bulbs with that splash of fall annual color.
PRO TIP: Daffodils are well known for being resistant to deer attacks, but there are also many daffodil varieties that thrive in the warmer climate of the south.
Sun-loving bulbs need a full sun location with about four to six hours of sunlight daily. You will also need to pay careful attention to drainage, as flowering bulbs require a well-drained soil whether they are planted in the ground or in containers.
In addition to the beloved daffodil, in the south you are likely to find many varieties of daylilies, one of which is sure to have the color and growing habit that will perfectly complement your home garden landscape.
Below we have listed some of our favorite flowering bulbs. To find a complete selection of bulbs perfect for growing in your region, visit your local Home Depot Garden Center.
- Daffodils (deer resistant, heat resistant)
- Hyacinth (fragrant blooms)
- Crocus (early color)
Cool Weather Annuals
When it comes to planting cool weather annuals, timing can be everything. Much of the south (including Home Depot HQ in Atlanta, Georgia) has a longer growing season. This means that the first frost occurs later than for much of the country. This can be a both a gift and an obstacle to be overcome, and it will definitely come into play when you decide which annuals to plant and when to plant them.
In general, if you are planning to grow the typical overwinter flowering annuals like pansies, you should wait until the last heat waves are in the past, as many cool weather annuals won’t handle heat well. You might also consider adding kale or Swiss Chard to your beds. Often grown as ornamentals, you can just as easily grow these cold-tolerant beauties and eat them too!
Below we have listed some of our favorite cool weather annuals. To find a complete selection of annuals that are perfect for growing in your region, visit your local Home Depot Garden Center.
- Swiss Chard
For more information on planting your flowering bulbs for optimal impact, visit Combining Flowering Bulbs & Fall Annuals.