known as drumstick alliums these reddish-purple fuzz balls atop
slender 24-inch stems bring a dramatic or whimsical touch to
borders, perennial beds or grassland plantings. They naturalize
easily, making for fun mass plantings. They bloom May-June, thrive
in full sun, and make great companions for perennials such as hostas,
Alchemilla mollis (lady’s mantle) or ornamental grasses.
Don’t deadhead them. They make extremely decorative dried flowers.
Native to Europe, North Africa and West Asia, they are resistant to
deer and rodents, suited to a variety of climates and hardy in USDA
Also known as Grecian windflowers, these low-growing (6-inches)
early bloomers with long-lasting daisy-like flowers come in white,
pink or purplish-blue. Plant in single colour blocks for waves of
unbroken colour — or select mixed colour packages for a crazy
quilt look. Planted enmasse they make a fabulous groundcover and are
equally at home in the rock garden, in perennial beds and in garden
borders. They can also be used with success in container plantings.
Another excellent use is as the "lower level" in
double-decker plantings where the anemone’s daisy-like flowers add
a twinkle-y touch beneath taller daffodils or tulips. They like full
sun, but can tolerate partial shade and need a well-drained spot,
preferably where the soil is dry on top but moist underneath. They
bloom in March-April and are hardy in USDA Zones 4-7.
– Commonly called glory of the snow, C. forbesii is now the
though it is still found under its former name
C. Lucillae. One of the first flowers of spring,
delicate six-inch tall bulb flower blooms in February-March and is a native of Western Turkey.
Its elegant, rich blue flowers with white centers are borne four to
12 florets per stem. Preferring full sun, but tolerant of partial
shade, this flower excels in the rock garden, border, under trees
and shrubs. Chionodoxa naturalizes with ease, is resistant to deer
and rodents, and hardy in USDA Zones 3-8.
Better known as the snowdrop, this is one of spring’s first
sentinels, flowering in February-March, sometimes blooming right
through the snow. Galanthus have 10-inch stems topped by dainty,
nodding white flowers with a green spot at the apex of each petal.
Galanthus look best naturalized in clusters in a lawn or woodland.
They flower so early that lawn plantings are not an issue – it’s
too early to mow as grass is generally dormant then. This means
galanthus-in-the-grass can easily be left to die back for six weeks
(the necessary die-back time for naturalized bulbs to recharge their
stored energy for next years’ bloom season). Plant galanthus in
rock gardens, gardens, under shrubs and in sweeps across the lawn.
It is resistant to deer and rodents, likes full sun to partial shade
and is hardy in USDA Zones 4-7. Note: full sun is plentiful in early
spring – before deciduous trees have leafed out. Also keep an eye
out for the double flowering Snowdrops.
Also known as Scilla Hispanica, Endymion hispanicus, Scilla
campanulata, Spanish bluebell and wood hyacinth. (In cultivation
in Holland since 1601, they’ve had time to pick up a "handle
With tall stems (12-16 inches) to support its abundant, pendulous
bell-shaped flowers, this is actually the tallest of the scilla-type
flowers. It is available in light and dark blue, white, and pink and
is often offered in mixed color assortments. This easy naturalizer
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