Fall is a wonderful time of year for gardeners for so many reasons. It finally cools down so you can actually weed and prune without breaking a sweat. Many of us get to experience the color change of many perennials and woodies as the temps start to drop. And, of course, this is the time of year that we get to start shopping for fall bulbs. If you are one of those people who always kicks yourself in spring for not planting enough—or any—fall bulbs, you’re not alone. This year we’re here to inspire you to get out those catalogs and computers and seek out some truly unique options. We’re celebrating a new season and the introduction of a new cohost on this episode, so join us to find out about a crocus that looks like a monarch butterfly and an iris that is bluer than any sapphire.
Expert testimony: Joseph Tychonievich, horticulturist, frequent Fine Gardening contributor, and author of, Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style.
‘Cheerfulness’ and ‘Yellow Cheerfulness’ daffodil (Narcissus ‘Cheerfulness’ and ‘Yellow Cheerfulness’, Zones 4-8)
Candia tulip (Tulipa saxatilis, Zones 5-10)
‘Pickwick’ crocus (Crocus vernus ‘Pickwick’, Zones 3-9)
Shades-of-Blue reticulated iris mixture (Iris reticulata cvs., Zones 5-9)
‘Unicum’ tulip (Tulipa praestans ‘Unicum’, Zones 3-8)
Climbing lily (Gloriosa superba, Zones 8-10)
Turkistan onion (Allium karataviense, Zones 4-8)
‘Orange Monarch’ crocus (Crocus chrysanthus ‘Orange Monarch’, Zones 3-9)
‘Ruby Giant’ snow crocus (Crocus tommasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’, Zones 3-8)
‘Bright Gem’ tulip (Tulipa batalinii ‘Bright Gem’, Zones 4-7)
‘Moonlight Sensation’ daffodil (Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’, Zones 4-9)