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In Full Swing: Choosing Spring Bulbs for Massachusetts Gardens

Our picks for the best spring bulbs in Massachusetts. At ND Landscape Services, we help New England homeowners create and maintain gardens that are the talk of the neighborhood.

By Nick DiBenedetto

Cultivate color this year by planting these spring bulbs in Massachusetts

Savvy gardeners know that planting bulbs in the spring can yield a breathtaking autumn display. Many associate a riot of color with spring bulbs in Massachusetts. But there's a whole world that thrives when bulbs are planted in the spring, ready to dazzle with their colors and textures come fall. If you want to extend your garden's beauty well into the crisp days of autumn, here are some top picks for bulbs to plant this spring.

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Our picks for the best spring bulbs in Massachusetts


Let's start with the showstoppers – dahlias. These are spring bulbs that Massachusetts gardeners prize above all. They come in a kaleidoscope of colors and bloom shapes, from small pompoms to blossoms the size of a dinner plate. Plant dahlia tubers in the spring after the threat of frost has passed, and you'll be rewarded with a riot of color in the fall. 

Pro tip: Choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil, and stake taller varieties to prevent them from flopping over.


Often called autumn crocus – though they're not true crocuses – colchicums are a fall garden favorite. Plant the spring bulbs in Massachusetts and surrounding states, and their large, goblet-shaped flowers will grace your garden with shades of pink, purple, and white in the fall. Colchicums thrive in partial shade and moist, well-drained soil, making them perfect for woodland gardens.

Autumn-Blooming Cyclamen

For a touch of elegance in your fall garden, consider autumn-blooming cyclamen. These petite plants boast intricately patterned foliage and delicate, nodding flowers that emerge in late summer to early fall. Plant cyclamen corms in the spring in a shady, well-drained location and enjoy their beauty as summer fades into autumn.

Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)

Another member of the Colchicum family, Colchicum autumnale, also known as meadow saffron, bursts into bloom in the fall. Plant the bulbs in the spring, preferably in a sunny or partially shaded area with well-drained soil. Their goblet-shaped flowers, ranging from pale pink to deep purple, add a touch of whimsy to the autumn landscape.


If you're craving late-season color, nerines are the way to go. These South African natives produce clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers in shades of pink, red, and white in the fall. Plant these spring bulbs in your Massachusetts garden in a well-drained location, and enjoy their striking blooms as summer transitions to fall.

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As you plan to plant your spring bulbs in Massachusetts, keep in mind your garden's specific growing conditions and choose plants suited to your climate and soil type. With a bit of planning and patience, you can create a stunning fall garden that will leave you — and your neighbors — in awe.

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