While November is widely considered a chilly time of year for growing plants, there are a number of flowers to plant in November. In fact, planting bulbs for springtime blooms is ideally accomplished in fall. This gives your bulbs plenty of time to germinate in cold weather, and you’ll have less work to do when spring arrives!
Some of the best flowers to plant in November include hyacinths, crocuses, established mum plants, and bare-root roses. If you live in a more temperate region, you might have enough time to grow foxgloves and lupine, but sticking to bulbed flowers that bloom in warmer temperatures is a better bet.
If you are planning your November garden and want to ensure it is full of beautiful flowers, here’s a list of some of the best flowers to plant in November!
The Best Flowers to Plant in November
With bulbs and bare-root plants in mind, you can successfully plant plenty of flowers in November. While you won’t get to reap the rewards for a few months, November is the perfect time to prepare your spring garden. Here are your best bets so that you can have a garden full of beautiful blooms come springtime.
Did you know that multiple types of mums are available in various shapes and colors? Chrysanthemums are iconic in a fall garden, primarily for their jewel tones and ability to blend well in an autumn landscape. But it would be best if you only planted mums in November from established plants or starts found at your garden center or nursery. You won’t have time to grow a mum plant from seed unless you start them indoors.
Perfect in any garden, daffodils are also known as jonquils or narcissus flowers. They are incredibly easy to grow and thrive in multiple hardiness zones and climates. The easiest way to plant daffodils is roughly 6 inches deep. Add a bit of fertilizer to keep the bulbs happy through the wintertime. Otherwise, let them be and enjoy their beautiful yellow blooms in early spring! Be sure to only keep one daffodil cut per vase, as their stems contain chemicals that cause other flowers nearby to wilt.
Often sprouting through snow, crocuses are perfect for the chilly winter garden. Capable of growing in hardiness zone 2 and above depending on the variety, crocuses are rodent and deer-resistant, just like daffodils. Plus, they don’t grow too tall. This means they’re a great bulb to plant in the shade of other, taller flowers. Some popular crocus varieties include “Jeanne d’Arc,” “Pickwick,” and “Blue Pearl.”
A popular perennial for its fragrant flowers and showy blossoms, hyacinths are perfect when planted alongside daffodils and crocuses. These bulbs need plenty of cold stratification time to produce flowers properly. Keeping them in the fridge before planting is a good idea. With so many varieties and colors, you can truly make your garden special with these vertical blooms!
Did you know that bare-root roses are ideally planted in November? If you have a reliable nursery or garden center that has bare-root roses to choose from, now is the time to get them in the ground. Be sure to only dormant plant roses. Additionally, consider placing them in a protected area if you live in a colder or harsher climate. This will protect your baby roses and ensure they bloom fully in spring and summer!
Eerie and outstanding when in bloom, foxgloves are a great addition to the November garden. Keep in mind that foxgloves are poisonous, from their leaves to their roots, and you should handle them with caution. However, these flowers are striking in their appearance, and you can plant seedlings or established foxglove plants in November, with a reblooming time in late spring and summer. Plus, foxgloves produce thousands of seeds, making them easy to regrow in the future!
It’s almost too late to plant tulips, as they prefer to be planted in September or October. However, depending on your region, you may be able to get away with planting your tulip bulbs in the ground in November. These perennial flowers are iconic and adorable, with hundreds of varieties and colors to choose from. Plus, tulips produce blooms throughout springtime, giving you plenty of opportunities to enjoy them.
Delicate and beautiful, ranunculus flowers are often equated to roses for their full blooms and color combinations. You may need to wait to plant your ranunculus bulbs until mid-to-late winter, given that they can be a bit cold-sensitive. However, November is often the perfect time to plant ranunculus flowers, and these blooms are perfect when cut and put into vases!
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