Category Archives: Bulb

Tulipa ‘China Lady’ (14)


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

Greigii Group tulips have large, single, bowl-shaped flowers in the range yellow to red, often with contrasting margins, and flower in early and mid-spring; the grey-green leaves are usually mottled with purple or maroon

‘China Lady’ is a dwarf bulbous perennial to 15cm, with broadly lance-shaped leaves striped with purple, and solitary cream flowers 10cm in width, broadly striped with coral pink outside; inside with a vivid orange blotch

Common Name: tulip ‘China Lady’
Family: Liliaceae
Color flower: Cream, Orange and Dark Pink in Spring
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Green and Purple in Spring
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Columnar/Upright
Habit: Can be damaged by slugs, aphids and stem and bulb eelworm; squirrels may eat the bulbs
Pruning: Deadhead after flowering
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Plant 10 to 15cm deep in fertile, well-drained soil. Protect from excessive wet and shelter from strong winds
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers, Garden Edging or Patio/Container Plants

Cyclamen rhodium


Cyclamen are tuberous perennials with rounded, sometimes angular, leaves which are often attractively mottled. The nodding, characteristically shaped flowers have 5 reflexed and twisted petals, often with dark markings at the base

C. rhodium is a small tuberous plant with rounded leaves speckled with grey-green, and scented rosy-pink flowers, darker at the mouth, opening in late spring

Common Name: Peloponnesian cyclamen
Family: Primulaceae
Color flower: Dark Pink in Spring
Hardiness: old H2-3 (intermediate between H2 and H3)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Mice or squirrels may be a problem; prone to red spider mites, vine weevil and cyclamen mite
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil in part shade, under trees or shrubs, to avoid excessive summer moisture. Mulch annually with leaf mould as leaves wither; in areas with prolonged frost provide a deep, loose mulch
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Gravel Garden, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs

Crocus angustifolius 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

C. angustifolius is a perennial corm with narrow leaves and scented, bright deep yellow flowers, strongly feathered with dark mahogany on the outside

Common Name: cloth-of-gold crocus
Family: Iridaceae
Color flower: Orange, Yellow and Dark Brown in Spring
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring
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. Prefers to be on the dry side during dormancy
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden

Camassia cusickii


Camassia are bulbous perennials with narrow, channelled leaves and erect racemes of star-shaped violet-blue or creamy-white flowers in early summer

C. cusickii is an upright perennial forming a clump of long, linear leaves; starry blue flowers 5cm wide are carried in a tall raceme in late spring

Common Name: Cusick’s camass
Family: Asparagaceae
Color flower: Blue in Spring
Hardiness: old H3-4 (intermediate between H3 and H4)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Summer
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: Cut back faded flower spike
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in moist but well-drained, humus-rich, fertile soil. Intolerant of waterlogging and may need some protection from frosts in colder areas
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs or Wildflower meadow

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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