True or False: Fall is the best time to plant Daffodils
Example of a New England Aster Example of a Perennial Sunflowers Example of a Heleniums Example of a Russian Sage Example of a Anise Hyssop
The answer is, in fact, true. Daffodils, like Tulips and Crocus, bloom in the spring, but need planting in the fall. When planning bulbs for spring flowers, timing is vital and is determined by the location and the climate of the garden. According to HGTV, gardeners should follow the general rule of planting bulbs six weeks before the first expected ground-freezing frost or when night-time temperatures fall within the 40 to 50 degree range. Marie Lannotti, gardening expert and writer, recommends that gardeners who live in the cold zones, such as Alaska, plant bulbs in late August or early September. Lannotti adds that for those who live in areas where the weather cools in September, use the October to November time frame to plant.

The novice gardener may find it strange to plant bulbs so far in advance for the following season, but mother nature knows what she is doing. Spring bulbs need exposure to long periods of cold in order to start the biochemical process that causes them to flower. This elongated time period also enables the bulbs to grow strong roots.

Gardeners who live in warm locations all year round do not have to be so well prepared, with the flexibility of planting bulbs in December. Bulbs that require no chilling, such as Amaryllis and lilies, are more convenient for these climates. When planting bulbs in any climate, however, gardeners should keep in mind that planting bulbs too early can result in disease and fungus.

When Jack Frost comes early, or gardeners plant late
Sometimes an early frost can catch gardeners off guard or they simply cannot plant before the ground freezes for the year. All hope is not lost. Some gardeners choose to put the bulbs in the refrigerator to start the chemical process while others choose to plant the bulbs in pots and leave them in unheated garages or near a basement window.

Fall: Busy time in the garden
Planting bulbs for the spring is not the only gardening pleasure that the fall season offers. Many beautiful flowers bloom during the fall.

The New England Aster, both appeasing to the eye and good for attracting butterflies, grows to about four to five inches tall in full sunlight and drained soil.

Perennial Sunflowers can grow up to eight feet and bloom in the late summer and early fall. A perennial flower, unlike an annual flower, does not need replanting each year and will grow back the following season on its own.

Heleniums, part of the daisy family, exhibit yellow, orange or red blossoms.

Russian Sage remains in bloom for weeks in the fall attracting many butterflies. A very durable flower, Russian Sage grows in sunny, hot and dry sites.

With licorice scented lavender blue flowers, Anise Hyssop is a lovely addition to fall gardens.