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These days we're used to the instant gratification of planting blooming bedding plants for immediate color in our landscapes.

But if you want spring flowering bulbs to brighten your gardens this spring, this simply won't work. You must plant the bulbs that will bloom this spring some time this fall.

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For gardeners tired of the heat and longing for cooler weather, September can provide welcome relief. Cool fronts often begin to make their way this far south in September, but days in the 90s are not uncommon this month. And after a long, hot summer, these long, scorching days are especially hard to bear for gardeners and their landscapes.

Tulip bulb
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Certain spring-flowering bulbs, particularly tulips and hyacinths, need to be pre-chilled to bloom properly in the spring. Louisiana's winters aren't cold enough, long enough to satisfy their need for chill.

Narcissus ‘Grand Primo’ has deep green foliage and pure white flowers and reliably blooms year after year.
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If you want tulips and daffodils to brighten your garden next spring, you have to plant them this fall.

An Easter lily, planted after the holiday, blooms in a garden.
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Easter passed by about a month ago, but if you still have Easter lilies hanging around, put them in the ground. They will come back and bloom year after year.