There are more autumn-flowering bulbs for October than you might think, brining colour to pots and borders.
Discover five of the best autumn-flowering bulbs for October, below.
Abyssinian gladiolus, Gladiolus murielae, looks somewhat like giant snowdrops. Nodding, fragrant blooms appear from late-summer to October, and are surrounded by a sward of rich green foliage.
There are plenty of nerine species and cultivars out there to suit everyone, including the magenta ‘Isabel’ and white-flowered ‘Alba’. Nerine bowdenii is fully hardy and best grown in full sun with free-draining soil.
Autumn-flowering Cyclamen hederifolium are ideal for livening up shady spots. Hardy and unfussy, they’ll gradually spread to form a rich carpet of colour.
Though tender, tuberous begonias like ‘Million Kisses Elegance’ and ‘Illumination Scarlet’ (pictured) will flower up until the first frosts, though they’re best lifted before this, so the bulbs can be replanted next year.
Tips for growing cut flowers
If you’re growing flowers with the intention to cut and display them, there a few things to bear in mind: control competing weeds growing nearby, feed and water regularly and above all, keep picking. This will encourage the production of new blooms instead of seeds.