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Wonderful Daffodils: spring flowers for your garden

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The best spring bulbs for your garden



Narcissus ‘Jumblie’


Narcissus are bulbous herbaceous perennials with linear leaves and leafless stems bearing flowers, which may be solitary or in umbels, with 6 spreading perianth segments and a cup or trumpet-shaped corona

Miscellaneous daffodils include those cultivars that do not belong in any other section

‘Jumblie’ is a small bulbous perennial to 15cm in height, with narrow leaves and several stems each carrying up to 3 flowers with strongly reflexed bright yellow perianth segments and deeper yellow cup

Common Name: daffodil ‘Jumblie’
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Color flower: Yellow in Spring
Hardiness: H6 (hardy – very cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: May be attacked by slugs, large narcissus bulb fly, narcissus eelworm, and bulb scale mite
Pruning: Deadhead as flowers fade and allow the leaves to die down naturally
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Plant at one and a half to two times its own depth in autumn. Will tolerate most soils but prefers moderately fertile, well-drained soil that is constantly moist during the growing season
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers, Patio/Container Plants or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs

 
Narcissus are perfect spring flowers. The best Narcissus bulbs for you:


Crocus biflorus ‘Blue Pearl’


Crocus are dwarf, deciduous perennials growing from a corm, with linear leaves usually with a silvery central stripe, and goblet-shaped, sometimes fragrant flowers in autumn or early spring

‘Blue Pearl’ is a corm with fragrant, light lavender-blue flowers, white within, with a yellow throat, opening in spring with the leaves

Common Name: crocus ‘Blue Pearl’
Family: Iridaceae
Color flower: White, Yellow and Pale Blue in Spring
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Summer
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Tufted
Habit: Corms are vulnerable to mice, voles and squirrels
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in a gritty, poor to moderately fertile soil
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden

Crocus is one of my favorite flowers. This is one of the first spring bulbs. If you like crocuses, you might like the following:


Ipheion uniflorum ‘Wisley Blue’


Ipheion are small bulbous perennials with onion-scented, narrowly strap-shaped leaves and sweet-scented star-shaped flowers in late winter and spring

‘Wisley Blue’ is a perennial to 10cm in height, with narrow, light green leaves and erect stems bearing solitary, fragrant, lilac-blue flowers 3-4cm in width

Common Name: spring starflower ‘Wisley Blue’
Family: Alliaceae
Color flower: Pale Blue in Spring
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Tufted
Habit: Susceptible to damage by slugs and snails
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Plant 8cm deep in autumn in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil that does not dry out. Provide protective winter mulch in colder areas
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Mediterranean Climate Plants, Patio/Container Plants, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs or Rock Garden

Muscari azureu


Muscari are bulbous perennials with linear or strap-shaped leaves and small bell-shaped, tubular or urn-shaped flowers borne in a dense raceme on an erect leafless stem

M. azureum is a compact bulbous perennial to 10cm in height, with narrow, channelled leaves. Small, bell-shaped pale blue flowers, each segment having a darker central stripe, are borne in dense racemes

Common Name: azure grape hyacinth
Family: Asparagaceae
Color flower: Pale Blue and Dark Blue in Spring
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Summer
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Tufted
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Plant 10cm deep in autumn in any moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Lift and divide (when dormant in summer) congested clumps to maintain vigour. May be invasive
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs or Wildflower meadow

Allium hollandicum


Allium are bulbous herbaceous perennials with a strong onion or garlic scent, linear, strap-shaped or cylindrical basal leaves and star-shaped or bell-shaped flowers in an umbel on a leafless stem

A. hollandicum is a robust, upright bulbous plant with long, strap-shaped leaves and dense rounded umbels 10cm across of starry, rosy-pink flowers in summer

Common Name: Dutch garlic
Family: Alliaceae
Color flower: Dark Pink in Summer
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Summer
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Easy to grow in fertile well-drained soil. Add grit when grown in clay soils to improve drainage
Garden characteristics: Architectural, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Gravel Garden

Tulipa ‘Purissima’ wonderful spring flower


Tulipa are bulbous perennials with characteristic flowers, in a wide range of colours, in spring

Fosteriana Group tulips have leaves often marked with purple, and flower in spring with bowl-shaped flowers to 12cm across which may be white, yellow or in shades of red, with a contrasting colour at the base of each tepal

‘Purissima’ is a single tulip to 35cm, with large creamy-white flowers in mid spring

Common Name: tulip ‘Purissima’
Family: Liliaceae
Color flower: White in Spring
Hardiness: H6 (hardy – very cold winter)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in Spring
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: Stem and bulb eelworm and slugs may be a problem
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Plant 10 to 15cm deep in fertile, well-drained soil with shelter from strong winds and protection from excessive wet
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers, Garden Edging or Patio/Container Plants

Iris ‘Sheila Ann Germaney’ (Reticulata)


Iris may be rhizomatous or bulbous perennials, with narrowly leaves and erect stems bearing flowers with 3 large spreading or pendent fall petals, alternating with 3 erect, often smaller, standard petals, in late winter, spring or early summer

Reticulata irises are small, bulbous perennials with narrow leaves almost square in section, and solitary, sometimes fragrant purple, yellow or blue flowers in early spring

‘Sheila Ann Germaney’ is a dwarf bulbous plant with pale blue flowers in late winter, the falls with a yellow midrib and darker grey-blue veining

Common Name: iris ‘Sheila Ann Germaney’
Family: Iridaceae
Color flower: Pale Blue in Spring
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Green in Spring
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Susceptible to damage by slugs and snails
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in well-drained neutral or slightly alkaline soil
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden or Flower borders and beds