It’s almost fall, and you know what that means! It’s time to order spring-flowering bulbs, of course. If planting spring-flowering bulbs is on your agenda, now is the time to fill up that online shopping cart. Interest in gardening is soaring. In the past year, an estimated 18 million people took up the trowel for the first time, according to the National Gardening Association’s recently-released 2021 National Gardening Survey.

According to Colorblends, industry insiders are advising gardeners to shop early for bulbs this year, while popular selections and new introductions are still available. Many find online shopping has advantages, including the option to buy now and plant later when local conditions are optimal.

Reputable online bulb firms routinely reserve ordered bulbs, store them under proper conditions, and — unless otherwise requested — ship at the right time to plant in the buyer’s area.

Online bulb sales are already brisk. “We’ve never seen interest this high,” says Tim Schipper of Colorblends.com, a leading U.S. supplier of quality spring-flowering bulbs. “Orders started early and are building at a strong clip.

“Spring bloom is a once-a-year event,” adds Schipper. “People want fool-proof solutions with results they can trust. Once winter arrives, there are no do-overs.” Connecticut-based Colorblends sells direct to landscape professionals and home gardeners nationwide, offering top quality and wholesale pricing to all, with a minimum $60 order. Here’s a quick look at some of what’s new for Fall 2021 planting from Colorblends.com (888-847-8637).

Colorblends Daffodil Blend Bridge Builders

New for Fall 2021: Colorblends Daffodil Blend Bridge Builders delivers a snappy mix of yellow, white and orange color and varied flower forms for the early bloom season. The three varieties — a large cup, a double and a split-corona — grow 13 to 18 inches tall and bloom beautifully together. Bridge Builders is suited to planting in large drifts or in clusters between shrubs and perennials.

All daffodils are deer and rodent proof. Sold in quantities of 25. Hardy in USDA Zones 3a-7b.

Colorblends BedSpreads Lemony Remedy

New for Fall 2021: Colorblends BedSpreads’ “Lemony Remedy” is an elegant blend of six tulip varieties in sunshine shades of yellow, cream and white, with light touches of red and green here and there. Its mix of flower form, color and detail invites leaning in for a closer look. The long-blooming display spans mid through late season. The tulips are excellent for cutting, too.

Colorblends BedSpreads blends are suited to large scale plantings. Sold in quantities of 600 bulbs only. Hardy in USDA Zones 3a-8b.

Tulip ‘Little Beauty’

New for Fall 2021: Tulip ‘Little Beauty’ is an unusually dramatic wild tulip. Planted in large clusters, this small, colorful marvel is a head turner in the mid-late garden. The magenta flowers bloom close to the ground, framed by fans of narrow leaves edged in red. In the sun, the flowers open wide to reveal bright blue hearts edged in white. Stands 4 to 6 inches tall. Sold in quantities of 100. Hardy in USDA Zones 3a-8b.

Tulipa tschimganica

New for Fall 2021: Tulipa tschimganica dishes up delightful surprises! For a wild tulip, the bulbs and flowers are large and the brilliant yellow and cranberry-red color is exceptionally showy. It is a top performer in early-mid season, whether planted in garden beds or in turf. It is also suited to marginal rough spots where other plants might not thrive.

T. tschimganica (pronounced chim-GAN-ih-kuh) is native to the rugged Tien Shan Mountains of Central Asia. It’s a tough nut with abundant charm. Stands 12 to 14 inches tall. Sold in quantities of 25. Hardy in USDA Zones 3a-8b.

Lynette L. Walther is the GardenComm Gold medal winner for writing and a five-time recipient of the GardenComm Silver Medal of Achievement, the National Garden Bureau’s Exemplary Journalism Award. She is a member of GardenComm and the National Garden Bureau. Her gardens are in Camden.

What way to welcome spring with an elegant blend of six tulip varieties in sunshine shades of yellow, cream and white, with light touches of red and green here and there. Colorblends.com