The Q&A Archives: Planting Times for Some Popular Flowers

Question: When is the best time to grow certain types of flowers such as roses, tulips, magnolias, lilacs, and lilies? Amy Ramel Austin, TX

Answer: You have mentioned quite a variety of flowers in your question. Lilacs are large woody shrubs; they thrive in zones 3-6 and although they may survive in your area (zone 8) they will probably not flourish. Most magnolias also need prefer a cooler climate. Lilies and tulips bulbs should be planted in the fall for a spring show. And rose bushes should be planted in the fall. It might be a good idea to visit a local garden center or nursery to see what they have to offer for your region. Consult with your neighbors, too, to see what they have had good luck with. When starting a garden, it's always a good idea to research what is well-adapted to your area--it will save you time, money, and you will get to see each plant at its best.

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