Category Archives: Bulb

Galanthus nivalis f. pleniflorus ‘Flore Pleno’ (d) AGM


Galanthus are dwarf bulbous perennials with linear or strap-shaped leaves, and solitary, often honey-scented, nodding flowers with 3 white outer tepals and 3 smaller inner ones often marked with green

‘Flore Pleno’ is a bulbous perennial to 15cm, with narrow, grey-green leaves and solitary, nodding, fragrant, double white flowers 2.5cm in length, the inner segments mostly marked with green at the tip

Common Name: double snowdrop
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Color flower: Green and White in Winter
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in Spring and Winter
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: May be attacked by narcissus bulb fly
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil that does not dry out in summer in sun or partial shade
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs

Crocus cartwrightianus ‘Albus’ Tubergen AGM


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

‘Albus’ is a perennial corm with leaves and flowers developing together in late autumn and early winter, the flowers pure white, with prominent red stigma lobes

Common Name: white wild saffron
Family: Iridaceae
Color flower: White in Winter
Hardiness: H4 (hardy – average winter)
Color foliage: Green in Winter
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 bulb frame or alpine house in a mix of equal parts loam, leaf mould and sharp sand or grit. Water freely in the growing season and apply a low-nitrogen fertiliser monthly. Keep completely dry in summer dormancy
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean Climate Plants, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden

Crocus ‘Ladykiller’ AGM


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

‘Ladykiller’ is a perennial corm flowering with the leaves, the flowers with deep blue-purple outer tepals edged white; inner tepals white marked with dark blue at base

Common Name: crocus ‘Ladykiller’
Family: Iridaceae
Color flower: Blue, Purple and White 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: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden

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Narcissus ‘Bravoure’ (1) AGM


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

Trumpet daffodils grow to 50cm, their solitary flowers with the trumpet as long as or exceeding the perianth segments

‘Bravoure’ is a bulbous perennial to 45cm tall, with pure white flowers 12cm wide, the narrow trumpets deep yellow, fading to sulphur-yellow

Common Name: daffodil ‘Bravoure’
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Color flower: White and Yellow in Spring
Hardiness: H6 (hardy – very cold winter)
Color foliage: Blue and Green in Spring
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
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: 1-2 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: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Patio/Container Plants or Wildflower meadow

Galanthus gracilis


Galanthus are dwarf bulbous perennials with linear or strap-shaped leaves, and solitary, often honey-scented, nodding flowers with 3 white outer tepals and 3 smaller inner ones often marked with green

G. gracilis forms a clump of linear, twisted, grey-green elaves and scented, nodding white flowers 2.5cm long, the inner tepals each with two green marks; flowering in late winter and early spring

Common Name: slender snowdrop
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Color flower: White in Spring and Winter
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Can get narcissus bulb fly and slugs
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil that does not dry out in summer
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Rock Garden, Patio/Container Plants or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs


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Muscari armeniacum


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. armeniacum is a strong-growing bulbous perennial to 20cm in height, with narrow, arching green leaves and erect stems bearing dense spikes of white-tipped, deep violet-blue, egg-shaped flowers 5mm in length in spring

Common Name: Armenian grape hyacinth
Family: Asparagaceae
Color flower: White and Dark Blue in Spring
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Summer
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Tufted
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: No pruning required, but remove spent foliage and cutting back in autumn may be needed
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