Category Archives: Bulb

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

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