As the leaves begin to fall and the spartina grass turns golden, it’s fun to daydream about what’s to come in the garden next spring. Make these musings a reality by stocking up on these compelling varieties of tulip, daffodil, and allium bulbs to plant now (or refrigerate).
While the traditional shape of tulips is classic for a reason, lately we’ve been drawn to the peony-esque varieties below.
These beautiful blooms were created for the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William. Not only are they large and full, but they’re incredibly fragrant, too. $7 for ten bulbs; bluestoneperennials.com
It’s easy to see why tulip fever took over the world when a specimen appeared with distinctive variegated markings like the raspberry streaks on these aromatic flowers. $12 for seven bulbs; shopterrain.com
Consider these beauties the couture ball gowns of your garden. $12 for ten bulbs; dutchgrown.com
So many iterations of the fragrant, gorgeous daffodil exist that thinking beyond the usual yellow has never been so rewarding.
Bill Pannill of Martinsville, Virginia, hybridized this sweet-smelling variety decades ago, and now it can now be found in royal and residential gardens around the world. $7 for five bulbs; brentandbeckybulbs.com
Blossoms of different sizes and textures make this monochromatic mix a showstopper for sure. $15 for ten bulbs; edenbrothers.com
Double blooms with a pinky-peachy center. What’s not to love? $30 for forty bulbs; brecks.com
Planted en masse or all alone, alliums add height, architecture, and drama anywhere you plant them—especially when you’re working with one of these unusual specimens.
A soft cornflower blue—with a bit of purple, too—makes these globes a striking addition to the green of your garden. $21 for a hundred bulbs; dutchgrown.com
This particular variety looks like lace up close, but from far away, appears sculptural. $12 for two bulbs; shopterrain.com