planted enmasse in woodland settings and also takes its place nobly
in traditional garden settings. It’s a late bloomer making its
appearance in May. Plant in moist, well-drained soil high in
nutrients – either full sun or partial shade will do. Plant soon
after acquiring. This bulb is resistant to deer and rodents and
hardy in USDA Zones 4-10.
really one of the former "Minor" bulbs at all, this
delicately jaunty eight-inch tall daffodil narcissus is so special,
that the experts jumped categories to include it in the "Best
of Best Special Bulbs" collection. As tough a performer as it
is dainty looking, this little daff is great in containers, beds and
naturalized settings. It is essential to plant in well-drained soils
in full sun or partial shade. It is resistant to deer and rodents
and hardy in USDA Zones 4-9.
of the grape hyacinths is also one of the Muscari family’s
all-star performers. Its long lasting flowers, long bloom season,
and economical price make this brilliant blue flower a champ in
endless garden applications. Mass plantings are spectacular,
especially when combined with other bulbs or perennials. Count on
these long-lasting cobalt blue flowers to appear throughout mid to
late season, April-May. Four to eight-inches tall, muscari performs
best in well-drained locations. Sometimes its leaves pop up in fall,
but don’t be alarmed. This is "business as usual" for
muscari and, while winter may brown the leaves, the flowers will
survive intact. Try planting these little bulbs close together in
mass plantings in the lawn or garden to recreate the brilliant-blue
"River of Muscari" effect made famous at Holland’s
Keukenhof Garden. Muscari also excels as "the lower tier"
of color in double-decker plantings with taller yellow daffodils or
tulips or any colour. Muscari are resistant to deer and rodents and naturalize easily in USDA Zones 4-8. This is also available in a
less aggressive white flowering form.
A native of Turkey and the Caucasian Mountains, this four-inch tall
beauty with grass-like leaves and a violet-blue or purple flower
with yellow markings that bursts into bloom in early spring to
create an effect reminiscent of butterflies hovering low to the
ground. This sight brightens the aspect of late winter days in
February and March. Perfect in pots and rock gardens, Iris
reticulata likes full sun to partial shade and will naturalize
readily in USDA Zones 4-8
six-inch tall lovely with white flowers striped with shadings of
grayish-blue was first discovered in the West Asia and the Caucasus
in 1808 and has been cultivated in Holland ever since. It blooms
early and for long periods of time, with flowers appearing as long
as February to April. One of the few bulbs completely at home in
partial shade, it is a great choice for planting under trees and
shrubs. Puschkinia will naturalize in moist, well-drained soil in
USDA Zones 3-8. I have also seen this naturalize itself in the
cracks of an old patio under heavy tree shade.
Cobalt blue, with
bell-shaped flowers three to four per stem, this six-inch tall
bloomer adds a blast of brilliance to the early spring landscape.
One of bulbdoms best naturalizers, Scilla siberica blooms profusely
in March-April. It is resistant to deer and rodents, likes full sun
to partial shade and is suited to garden borders, rock gardens and
naturalized plantings. Hardy in USDA Zone 3-8.