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Planning & Selecting

A little bit of planning helps a lot!

The first steps to buying fall planted bulbs is planning and selecting. The information on planning and selecting is designed to help you simplify your selection process so you can enjoy beautiful and successful results in your garden.


Bloom time is the time of the year that a bulb will bloom. This could be early spring, mid-spring, late spring, or anytime
in the summer. You will want to consider bloom time when selecting and planting fall bulbs to avoid gaps in your blooming garden. Flowers should bloom in succession of one another.

Click here to enlarge the bloom time chart.



Know your zone! Make your bulb selections knowing what
USDA zone you live in. For example, some blooms do not
grow well in southern heat and some do not grow well in the
northern chill.

FIND YOUR ZONE! Click here to find your zone.





Dark Purple areas should plant October-November
Medium Purple should plant September-November
Light Purple areas should plant September-October




Bulbs come in varying heights. When selecting bulbs consider the location and the height requirements. For example, you may want to layer your blooms, putting tall ones in the back and short ones in the front or along borders.

Be kind to your plants and plant them in their recommended sunlight location. There are many shade and sun loving bulbs to choose from! Observe your areas considering trees and buildings will affect how much sunlight an area will get. Make sure you choose plants that work according to light requirements in the location you want to plant.

FULL SUN locations get 6 or more hours of sunlight.
PART SUN locations gets 4-6 hours of sunlight per day.
SHADE locations receives less than 4 hours of sunlight per day.

Most plants prefer well-drained soil. In areas where the soil is moist, you can add sand or peat to help absorb the moisture and improve soil quality. Avoid areas where water pools, such as at the bottom of hills.

You can place your fall bulb order as soon as they are available to be placed into your shopping cart on the Longfield site.  Orders for fall bulbs to all zones will begin shipping mid-September.