Category Archives: Bulb

Tulipa ‘Ancilla’ (12) AGM


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

Kaufmanniana Group tulips are small, often with purple-marked foliage, and have single, often bicoloured flowers in early spring

‘Ancilla’ is a bulbous perennial to 20cm, with wavy-edged lance-shaped leaves and erect soft pink flowers flushed rose-red outside, white within with a red basal ring

Common Name: tulip ‘Ancilla’
Family: Liliaceae
Color flower: Pink, Red and 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

Lachenalia contaminata AGM


Lachenalia are bulbous perennials with strap-shaped, sometimes dark-spotted leaves, and erect stems bearing racemes or spikes of tubular flowers, slightly fragrant in some species, in autumn, winter or early spring

L. contaminata is an erect bulbous perennial to 25cm tall, with narrow, grass-like leaves and erect stems bearing narrowly bell-shaped white flowers tipped with maroon, in spring

Common Name: wild hyacinth
Family: Asparagaceae
Color flower: White and Dark Purple in Spring
Hardiness: H2 (tender – cool or frost-free greenhouse)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: No pruning necessary
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Under glass grow in a loam-based potting compost in full light. Water moderately until in full growth then water freely, adding a balanced liquid fertiliser every 10-14 days. Reduce watering as the leaves fade, then keep dry until fresh growth starts in autumn
Garden characteristics: Patio/Container Plants

Narcissus ‘Rising Star’ (7) 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

Jonquilla and Apodanthus daffodils have very narrow cylindrical leaves and stems with up to 5, usually fragrant, flowers per stem, with spreading perianth segments and a small cup

‘Rising Star’ is a jonquil to 40cm tall, with strong stems bearing several fragrant white flowers with small pink cups, in early and mid spring

Common Name: daffodil ‘Rising Star’
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Color flower: Pink and White in Spring
Hardiness: H6 (hardy – very cold winter)
Color foliage: Blue and Green in Spring
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Susceptible to slugs, narcissus bulb fly, narcissus eelworm, and bulb scale mite
Pruning: No pruning required
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

Narcissus ‘Highfire’ (2)


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

Large-cupped daffodils have solitary flowers in which the cup is at least one third as long as, but shorter than, the perianth segments

‘Highfire’ is a tall daffodil with flowers 9cm wide, the perianth segments deep yellow, the cup red

Common Name: daffodil ‘Highfire’
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Color flower: Red and Dark Yellow in Spring
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
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

Chionodoxa ‘Valentine Day’


Chionodoxa are easily grown dwarf bulbous perennials with narrowly strap-shaped leaves and star-shaped blue flowers in early spring

‘Valentine Day’ is a small bulbous perennial to 15cm tall, with strap-shaped leaves and erect racemes of white-centred, lilac-pink flowers in spring

Common Name: glory of the snow ‘Valentine Day’
Family: Hyacinthaceae
Color flower: Pink and White in Spring
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Green in Spring
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Easy to grow in any well-drained soil. Plant 8cm deep in autumn
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Low Maintenance, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs

Crocus banaticus 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. banaticus is a perennial corm with lilac to light purple flowers produced before the leaves in early autumn. Inner tepals much smaller than outer ones, which reflex in strong sun

Common Name: Byzantine crocus
Family: Iridaceae
Color flower: Purple and Pale Purple in Autumn
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn
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 moderately fertile, humus-rich, moderately well-drained soil
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden

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