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The Best Spring Flowering Bulbs to Plant in Autumn

27 August 2020


Ensure your garden has time to prepare itself for next year’s growing season by getting flower bulbs and bedding plants planted in good time. In this article, the team at B&M will explain the best bulbs to plant in autumn.

These include: 

  • Daffodils
  • Tulips
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring Crocus
  • Dahlia
  • Irises

If you want to plant spring flowering plants or summer flowers for a stunning garden design next year, early autumn is a good time to sow bulbs.

When flower bulbs and some garden plants are given time to prepare themselves and the soil around them - having been planted in the ground at the right point - they’ll reappear year after year.

So, as the growing season winds down and we head towards the winter months, which are the best plant bulbs to prepare right now?


These bright and beautiful star shaped flowers will herald the start of early spring if their bulbs are planted in autumn. 

Daffodils are one of the most famous spring flowering bulbs - a symbol of Easter. You can pick their flowers to display once they turn yellow (though some produce white or even peach-coloured flowers), and they’ll grow back beautifully next year.


A stunning flowered variety of the lily family, tulips are popular as bedding plants and blend beautifully with other varieties such as Muscari. Before adding them to your borders, treat the soil with fertiliser from your compost heap for extra nutrition.

Tulips come in a range of colours and will add glorious vibrancy to your garden.

B&M Top Tip: The fallen leaves of autumn are great to add to compost bins. They’ll give a nutritional boost to every plant, tree and shrub.



These little white flowers are among the first to appear in late winter or early spring. They’re wonderfully hardy bulbs and can survive very low temperatures. Plant snowdrops in autumn to have them ready for the new year.

Spring crocus


The crocus is another colourful plant that blooms in early spring through to summer. Why not give your lawn a bejewelled feel by planting a few bulbs in the grass during autumn?

B&M Top Top: Your autumn garden will give a lot back to you. Check fruit trees and vegetable patches in order to harvest fruits and vegetables!


Dahlias are tender plants that sometimes struggle with harsher conditions, so you could propagate them indoors before planting them outside as the weather improves.

Some have autumn flowering bulbs, so you might prefer this type if you live in an area that has harsh winters - or choose both to enjoy the rich range of colours all year round.

B&M Top Tip: While plants that grow from bulbs tend to be hardier than those that only develop seed heads, some are a little more delicate - so be sure to do your research before you start planting.



Irises offer a gorgeous colour palette, blooming in white, pink, purple or blue with contrasting touches of yellow. They grow taller than many spring flowering plants, reaching between 8 and 40 inches in height.

Iris bulbs should be planted early in autumn as they require slightly warmer temperatures.

So there you have it. The best spring flowering bulbs to plant in autumn include daffodils, tulips, snowdrops, spring crocus, dahlia and irises.

B&M Top Tip: Can't find what you're looking for online? We have lots more spring flowering bulbs and seeds in store! Find your nearest B&M Garden Centre here.

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