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Autumn-flowering bulbs for October

We select five of the best bulbs that flower in October.

There are more autumn-flowering bulbs for October than you might think, brining colour to pots and borders. 

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Don’t forget to enjoy the blooms indoors, by snipping a bunch for a vase. If it’s cut flowers you’re after, take a look at some of our favourite flowers to pick in October.

Discover five of the best autumn-flowering bulbs for October, below.

Autumn-flowering Cyclamen hederifolium are ideal for livening up shady spots.

Gladiolus murielae

Abyssinian gladiolus, Gladiolus murielae, look somewhat like giant snowdrops. Nodding, fragrant blooms appear from late-summer to October, and are surrounded by a sward of rich green foliage. 

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Nerines

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.

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Cyclamen hederifolium

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.

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Tuberous begonias

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. 

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Hesperantha

Crimson flag (Hesperantha) are gorgeous bulbous perennials, usually flowering from September to October. Take a look at our full advice on how to grow hesperantha

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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.