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White Flower Farm's Top Picks for Fall Planting

Early autumn is ideal for planting perennials and shrubs. The soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth, and cooler air temperatures mean less stress on the leaves. Fall is the only time to plant spring-blooming bulbs such as Daffodils, Crocus, Grape Hyacinths, Allium, Tulips, Snowdrops, and other old favorites. It's also the time to plant fall-blooming bulbs such as Saffron Crocus and Colchicum. These are hard to find, yet easy to grow, and always give a welcome burst of color.

Peony 'Moonstone' - Peonies are rugged perennials that produce huge flowers in May to June. Heirloom 'Moonstone' has been a garden favorite for years. Its delicate pink, fragrant double blooms have a translucent glow, and its sturdy stems hold them up well.

Poppy 'Curlilocks' - Poppies can stop traffic with their colorful blooms. Bright orange-red 'Curlilocks' has deeply cut and ruffled flowers marked inside with black spots. Plant poppies in the fall for gorgeous, large blooms in late spring.

Ornamental Onions - The bright round globes of Alliums look like starbursts and add interesting shapes to your garden. White Flower Farm's 'Garden Globes' Allium collection includes three colors: white 'Mount Everest', lavender-blue 'Gladiator' and purple 'Stratos.'

Saffron Crocus - The thread-like stigmas inside the flowers of this fall-blooming crocus are the source of culinary saffron. Plant the small corms in early fall, enjoy the lavender-colored blossoms, and collect your own saffron for cooking.

Daffodil 'Best Seller' - Daffodils flowers are deer resistant and voles leave the bulbs alone. Soft yellow 'Best Seller' combines well with everything in a spring garden. This new trumpet variety comes from award-winning parents and is very hardy.

Tulip 'Monsella' - Double tulips have large ruffled petals and this one is bright canary yellow with red flames. Bold and beautiful, 'Monsella' opens wide in the sun and closes in overcast weather. It's lightly fragrant and impressive in any garden border.

Tall Bearded Iris - Gardeners love tall bearded iris (Iris germanica) for a rainbow of color in June. Reblooming varieties are increasingly popular, such as 'Immortality', 'Best Best', and 'Jennifer Rebecca'. Unlike their siblings, rebloomers don't go dormant in summer, so should be fertilized and kept watered.

Barb Pierson, the nursery manager at White Flower Farm, is available for interviews upon request, as are other experts.

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White Flower Farm is a family-owned nursery located in northwest Connecticut. Since 1950, they have been gathering, evaluating, growing, and selling a wide range of annuals, perennials, shrubs, vines, bulbs, and houseplants representing the very best varieties from around the world. Plants shipped are true to name, free of disease, and in prime condition for growing. While in the area, stop by White Flower Farm with its five acres of display gardens, or visit, where you will also find helpful gardening information including how-to videos. Join our E-mail list for gardening advice and tips, From the Farm monthly newsletter, announcement of events at the White Flower Farm Store, and special offers not in our catalogues or on our Web site.

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