Don't pack away those gardening tools yet! If you would like your garden full of colour next spring, fall is the perfect time to plant bulbs that yield spring flowers, such as daffodils, tulips, hyacinth, crocus and snowdrops.
Hardy fall bulbs must be planted in the fall, as they need to rest dormant during the long, cold winter. Ideal planting time is from September to December, even after the first frost, as long as the ground can still be worked.
Fall is one of a gardener's favourite seasons, because it is when you get to plan and create what your garden will look like for the next year.
Landscape professionals have provided some tips for when preparing a garden bed with fall bulbs:
Since Holland is one of the largest bulb producers in the world, and one of Canada's primary suppliers, consider visiting some of the famous Dutch gardens, including:
Boasts an impressive display of a staggering 7-million spring bulbs.
Palais Het Loo
Often called the "Versailles of Holland" because of its axial layout, fountains, parterres and statues. See www.gardenvisit.com/garden/palais_het_loo
Provides a changing exhibition of garden design, with over 150 model gardens. There is a large plant collection and examples of design by well-known Dutch garden designers, landscape architects and authors. See www.gardenvisit.com/garden/de_tuinen_van_appeltern