10 Fall Bulbs To Order Now For a Beautiful Spring

by Caitlin Kelch

It’s time to think about next spring and plant bulbs that will bloom as the days get warmer. Think cheerful Daffodils, fragrant Lily of the Valley, and the queen of spring — Tulips. We’ve rounded up our top 10 bulbs, tubers and rhizomes to get your hands on now for a spring filled with color and the smells of the season. Don’t fret — Peonies and Ranunculus are on the list, too! If you’re not sure how exactly bulbs, tubers and rhizomes are different, read on. If you don’t care and just want to shore up a plan for a beautiful spring, skip on down the page to take in our picks and order them online!

Bulbs, like Tulips, are divided into layers like an onion. Tubers have multiple “eyes” (buds) sprout from them like a potato. You can cut off individual hunks with eyes and plant them to get new plants. Dahlia is an example of a flower that grows from tubers. Tubers, unlike bulbs, and rhizomes, do not multiply.

The last type of underground plant part that stores food is the rhizome, which is essentially a swollen stem that has adapted itself to lie on or under the ground instead of growing vertically. Rhizomes look like roots and also have eyes which sprout into a plant.

Now onto our favorites!

P.S. Don’t be fooled by the gorgeous daffodils above! They’re actually made of paper. See the full tutorial here if you’d like to make some for yourself! 


Lily of the Valley

This sweetly scented, woodland flowering plant is wonderful for ground cover and prefers shade. This plant grows from rhizomes – fleshy underground stems.

Despite its allure, Lily of the Valley is a poisonous plant so be very careful handling it. Using gloves is highly recommended. Read more here.


Lily of the valley is also the birth flower for the month of May. It represents humility, chastity, sweetness, and purity.

This plant is recommended for USDA Zones 2-9, where it will be a perennial.

Image By H. Zell  (Creative Commons)


Ice Cream Tulip

This tulip, aptly named Ice Cream, is a blue ribbon winner with its exotic-looking plumes that oddly resemble a scoop of ice cream on a cone. This bulb is unique and not readily found in markets.


The tulip in Turkish culture was a symbol of paradise on earth and had almost a divine status.

Tulips are hardy bulbs for USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 10.

Image via Amazon


Pink Muscari (Grape Hyacinth)

Muscari armeniacum is one of the most commonly cultivated species of Muscari, and this pale pink version is robust and naturalizes easily. It appeared in European gardens in 1871, most likely having been transported from meadows in the Mediterranean.


Muscari grow best in zones 4 to 8.

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Shirley Temple Peony (Paeonia lactiflora)

This is a white double peony with hints of blush pink. As the season goes on, the flowers will fade to ivory white. (Paeonia lactiflora)


It’s said that mischievous nymphs liked to hide in the petals of peonies and this flower is, therefore, associated with bashfulness in the Language of Flowers.

Image via American Meadows



This is a genus of about 500 species. These beauties are a tuberous-rooted plant native to southeastern Europe and Asia Minor.


The foliage produces vibrant flowers with fine papery petals that resemble poppies.

Ranunculus grow best in zones 4 to 6. Milder winters are this plants friend.


Double Daffodil

Also known by the name Narcissus or Jonquil, Daffodil is a genus of predominantly spring perennial plants in the Amaryllidaceae (amaryllis) family. This double version is stunning in a spring garden.


In Persian literature, the narcissus is a symbol of beautiful eyes.

Daffodils do well in USDA zones 3 to 8.

Image via American Meadows


Pink Impressions Tulip

This famous perennial tulip boasts huge pink blooms that definitely fall under the moniker statement flower.


Tulips are hardy bulbs for USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 10.

Image via Longfield Gardens


Sorbet Peony

Sorbet is a beautiful and lustrously colored variety in the Peony family. Anemone shaped blossoms packed with layers of frilly petals.


Peonies thrive in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 through 8.

Image via Jackson and Perkins


Tall Bearded ‘Happenstance’ Iris

The bearded irises are easy to cultivate and propagate. They also have a delicate fragrance!


The artist Vincent van Gogh painted several famous pictures of irises.

Generally, iris thrives in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 through 10 in the dry-summer West and in 3 through 8 in the rainy-summer East.

Image via Garden.org


Avalanche Daffodil

This very old (100+ years) daffodil has a strong scent and an abundance of blooms.


Daffodils do well in USDA zones 3 to 8.

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    • Hi Shibani

      It look mine 2 years to come up! Another root took 3. I can say that once their established, they grow many more stems each year and it’s so worth it!


  • Be careful about Lily of the Valley – it’s HIGHLY poisonous, like causes a heart attack type. Amy Stewart mentions it in her Wicked Plants book (great book btw). Even the water you put the flowers in can kill you if ingested.

  • These are beautiful. It would be more helpful to amateurs if you included the zones in which these were likely to fare well.

    • Hi Joanna

      I’ve updated the post with the USDA recommended hardiness zones. You can check your zone on the map here.


  • Peonies don’t like being moved, and often do not bloom (or just a few blossoms) their first season. But they are well worth your patience; I have several peonies which perfume the whole corner of my garden every spring. Heavenly!

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