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Recommended bulbs for Autumn flowering

(25 Posts)
jeanie99 Sat 08-May-21 19:02:59

I'd love to have flowers in my garden in the Autumn. I don't have much colour at that time of the year.

Oh and is it too late to plant them now.

aggie Sat 08-May-21 19:11:59

Not too late

Farmor15 Sat 08-May-21 19:15:42

Nerines are great for autumn colour if you can get the bulbs - lovely bright pink.

aggie Sat 08-May-21 19:41:16

Japanese Anemones, asters , dahlias, chrysanthemums all give autumn colour

25Avalon Sat 08-May-21 19:49:28

Autumn Crocus, Colchium, cyclamen hediofloria, Nerines, Queen Olga’s Snowdrop, Sternbergia lutea ( nicknamed Autumn daffodil but it isn’t a daffodil)

Jaxjacky Sat 08-May-21 19:51:32

Thanks for asking jeanie99 I’m interested too.

jeanie99 Sat 08-May-21 21:33:32

Thank you so much for the comments, really appreciate but Could I just ask are all these bulbs yearly flowering or do they just have one year and die off.
I have tried Anemones before but they never grow.
I want plants like daffodils and tulips which come up year on year.

Sara1954 Sat 08-May-21 21:38:04

What are those pretty purple daisies that flower in autumn? I tried to buy some last year, but couldn’t remember what they were called.

lemongrove Sat 08-May-21 21:51:45

Michaelmas daisies Sara

We have lots of nerines ( tall stalks, pink flowers) they go on flowering for ages.
Dahlias, so many styles and colours.

Sara1954 Sat 08-May-21 21:59:40


jeanie99 Sat 08-May-21 22:33:00

Which company is the best to buy bulbs from?

Casdon Sat 08-May-21 22:49:16

I love hardy cyclamen, I planted two packs of bulbs years ago, and they multiply every year, I’ve now got a big clump that comes up reliably every autumn, and lasts for weeks.

2020convert Sat 08-May-21 22:53:40

Brilliant post! Following with interest, thanks

Esspee Sat 08-May-21 23:20:52


What are those pretty purple daisies that flower in autumn? I tried to buy some last year, but couldn’t remember what they were called.

Asters. Sara.
Tried to post a pic but unsuccessful.

BlueBelle Sat 08-May-21 23:23:22

Nerines my garden is full and is just a mass of pink in the autumn for at least a month

Farmor15 Sat 08-May-21 23:26:03

Nerines keep going year after year - the bulbs multiply and the clumps can be divided

Nannytopsy Sat 08-May-21 23:49:27

The plants listed above are perennials but dahlias may need lifting and keeping somewhere frost free. Then they can be started again in Spring.
Japanese Anemones are tall white or pink flowers that come back every year. The bulbs you can buy are like florists anemones and would be more tricky.

FannyCornforth Sun 09-May-21 07:38:58


Thanks for asking jeanie99 I’m interested too.

Me too. This is a good thread, thank you.

FannyCornforth Sun 09-May-21 07:40:21

BlueBelle wow!😍

H1954 Sun 09-May-21 07:50:49


Which company is the best to buy bulbs from?

Wilkinsons have a good range of bulbs and seeds for storage he garden. I always get my onion sets and seed potatoes from Wilko!

H1954 Sun 09-May-21 07:51:56

Oops.....bulbs and seeds for the garden!!!! Don't know what happened on my previous comment. 🤣🤣

J52 Sun 09-May-21 07:52:48

You can also grow annual Asters from seed they’re shorter than the Michaelmas daisy type and are easy to grow, it’s not too late to plant them. They don’t start flowering until August/ September so it’s best to plant them amongst earlier flowering plants.

J52 Sun 09-May-21 07:53:38

I meant sow, rather than plant.

Casdon Sun 09-May-21 18:38:15

Oh dear, the nerines tempted me, I’ve just done an order to JParker. Unfortunately it didn’t just stop at the nerines.

Jaxjacky Sun 09-May-21 19:04:58

I won’t be far behind you Casdon a list is in progress!