Is it better to plant flower bulbs earlier or later in the fall?

Planting times vary, depending upon your climate zone, but as a general rule, earlier is better. Flower bulbs need to establish strong root systems, before the frosts of winter set in and the flower bulbs enter a new cycle in preparation for spring blooming. Remember to plant flower bulbs in an area that drains well and water newly planted flower bulbs to help those roots get going!