Category Archives: Bulb

Narcissus ‘Manly’ (4) 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

Double daffodils may have one or more flowers per stem, with either perianth segments or corona, or both being doubled

‘Manly’ is a robust bulbous perennial to 45cm tall, with neat, fully double flowers to 5cm wide, with broadly ovate, very pale yellow segments interspersed with some smaller orange corona segments

Common Name: daffodil ‘Manly’
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Color flower: Orange and Pale Yellow in Spring
Hardiness: H6 (hardy – very cold winter)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver 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

Cyclamen coum AGM


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. coum is a perennial to 10cm, with rounded leaves sometimes marbled with silver on the upper surface. Flowers 2cm in width, deep pink, with a purple blotch at the base of each lobe, open from late winter

Common Name: eastern cyclamen
Family: Primulaceae
Color flower: Purple and Dark Pink in Spring and Winter
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Tufted
Habit: Mice and squirrels may be a problem; vine weevil can attack pot-grown plants
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Plant 5cm deep in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Avoid excessive summer moisture and mulch well when leaves wither
Garden characteristics: Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs

Colchicum speciosum ‘Album’ AGM


Colchicum are cormous perennials with usually coarse, broadly strap-shaped leaves which appear with or after the goblet-shaped flowers

‘Album’ is a perennial to 15cm in height, with 1-3 green-throated, pure white flowers 6cm in length in autumn, followed by strap-shaped bright green leaves to 25cm in length

Common Name: giant meadow saffron ‘Album’
Family: Colchicaceae
Color flower: White in Autumn
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Columnar/Upright
Habit: May be damaged by slugs
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in moist but well-drained, deep, humus-rich, fertile soil. Intolerant of waterlogging
Garden characteristics: Cottage/Informal Garden, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs

Scilla mischtschenkoana AGM


Scilla are perennial bulbs with narrow basal leaves and erect stems bearing racemes of star-shaped, flat or bell-shaped flowers which are often blue

S. mischtschenkoana is a bulbous perennial to 15cm tall, with strap-like leaves and short racemes of starry, pale blue flowers opening with the leaves in late winter and early spring

Common Name: Misczenko squill
Family: Asparagaceae
Color flower: Pale Blue in Spring and Winter
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Plant 10cm deep in late summer or early autumn in any moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Patio/Container Plants, Gravel Garden or Rock Garden

Fritillaria acmopetala AGM


Fritillaria are bulbous herbaceous perennials with lance-shaped or linear leaves and nodding bell-shaped or bowl-shaped flowers that may be solitary or in racemes or umbels

F. acmopetala is a bulbous perennial with erect stems to 30cm, bearing scattered, narrowly lanceolate leaves and 1-2 terminal, nodding, bell-shaped flowers 3-4cm long, pale green, tinged purple on the inner tepals

Common Name: pointed-petal fritillary
Family: Liliaceae
Color flower: Green and Purple in Spring
Hardiness: H4 (hardy – average winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Summer
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Prone to attack by lily beetles and slugs
Pruning: Cut back when foliage turns yellow at the end of the season
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: A tolerant species suitable for a sunny border or rock garden. Needs fertile, well-drained soil and full sun
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden

Fritillaria biflora ‘Martha Roderick’


Fritillaria are bulbous herbaceous perennials with lance-shaped or linear leaves and nodding bell-shaped or bowl-shaped flowers that may be solitary or in racemes or umbels

‘Martha Roderick’ is a bulbous perennial to 30cm tall, with glossy lance-shaped leaves and deep reddish-purple, bell-shaped flowers, each tepal white in the outer half, opening in early spring

Common Name: black fritillary ‘Martha Roderick’
Family: Liliaceae
Color flower: Purple and White in Spring
Hardiness: old H3-4 (intermediate between H3 and H4)
Color foliage: Green in Spring
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Slugs and lily beetles may be a nuisance
Pruning: No pruning necessary
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in a well-drained soil and full sun, with shelter from rain. Ideal to grow in a cold greenhouse or bulb frame in order to keep bulbs almost dry when dormant. Under glass, grow in loam-based potting compost with added grit and leaf mould
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants

Allium cyaneum AGM


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

Allium cyaneum is a bulbous perennial to 25cm, spreading by short rhizomes to make a clump, with sparse, narrow leaves and small heads of intense violet-blue flowers

Common Name: dark blue garlic
Family: Alliaceae
Color flower: Dark Blue in Summer
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Summer
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-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: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden

Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus (13) 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

Division 13 daffodils include all natural species and their varieties and forms

N. poeticus var. recurvus is a bulbous perennial to 35cm tall, with narrow, channelled leaves. Flowers solitary, fragrant, 4cm wide, with pure white, slightly recurved, perianth segments and small, red-rimmed yellow cups, opening in late spring

Common Name: old pheasant’s eye
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Color flower: Red, 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: 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 bulbs at one and a half to two times their 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