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.
Bits of pink and purple help this allium variety pop. $8 per bulb; dutchgrown.com
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