Which bulbs bloom in the fall?

brandyray(Coastal NC/8a)January 26, 2010

Hello, everyone. I love lilies and trumpet lilies and amaryllis, but most of my bulbs bloom in the summer, I need some bulbs that bloom late summer and fall. I bought some lilies called August Flame (?) that bloomed late but I haven't come across any in catalogs since. Suggestions? Thanks, Brandyray

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Here are some possibilities:

Tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa) if you have a hot spot in the yard.
Nerine species.
Lycoris species.
Rain Lilies (Zephyranthes species and hybrids).
Cannas (Canna x generalis), which bloom spring through fall.
Cyclamen hederifolium, in shade.
Fall-blooming Crocus species.
Colchicum species.
Sternbergia lutea.
Re-blooming bearded Iris.

And probably a dozen other things I can't think of right now.

Kevin : )

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 10:58PM
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brandyray(Coastal NC/8a)

Thank you, Kevin. That is a very helpful list. Most of them I am familiar w/ (just don't have any) but a few are new ones to me. I will check them out at Brent & Beckys. Brandyray

    Bookmark   January 27, 2010 at 9:32PM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

Oxblood lilies (Rhodophialis) are also fall bloomers.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2010 at 6:01PM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

Dahlias --- look for the later blooming ones.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2010 at 9:30PM
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brandyray(Coastal NC/8a)

Thank you all for the suggestions. I do like the tuberose, in part because it is fragrant (and my whole backyard is a "hot spot"), so I think I will order some of them.
The dahlias have to be planted each yr, I do like them but they are expensive when they have to be replaced (too much in my bulb garden to be digging up bulbs).
The Zantedeschia looks interesting but exotic- I wonder if it picky? The catalog I am looking at mentions they do well potted up in a pond- I suspect the dry sand would not agree w/ it.
I am still working on it, but I appreciate all the info. Brandyray

    Bookmark   February 5, 2010 at 8:01PM
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brandyray(Coastal NC/8a)

I have settled on the tuberosa, oxalis, glad Murielae, glory lily, zantedeschia, and tigridia. I like cannas, but when I had them before some kind of bug kept eating them, and I decided I don't want to plant something that the bugs will eat up. Brandyray

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 9:06PM
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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

You might prefer to keep your Oxalis in containers for two reasons:
you can put them closer to eye-level to enjoy the blooms;

you can keep control over them! They proliferate when happy. They need annual thinning, and growing them inground makes for a lot of work. (Some can be weedy.)

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 9:57PM
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