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

Narcissus ‘Salome’ (2) 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

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

‘Salome’ is a large-cupped daffodil with flowers to 9cm across, the broad perianth segments cream, the cup opening yellow and fading to peach-pink

Common Name: daffodil ‘Salome’
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Color flower: Pink, 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

Tulipa ‘Engadin’ (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

‘Engadin’ is a bulbous perennial to 20cm in height, with greyish-green leaves marked with deep maroon, and blood red flowers edged with yellow, and deep yellow striped with red within

Common Name: tulip ‘Engadin’
Family: Liliaceae
Color flower: Red and Yellow in Spring
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Green, Grey/Silver and Purple 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

Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Anna Marie’ AGM


Hyacinthus are bulbous perennial with glossy, broadly strap-shaped leaves and fragrant, bell-shaped flowers with recurved petals, borne in loose or dense racemes in spring

‘Anna Marie’ is a bulbous perennial to 30cm, with erect, fleshy rich green leaves and stiff spikes of fragrant, single pale pink flowers with darker centres, becoming salmon-pink with age

Common Name: hyacinth ‘Anna Marie’
Family: Asparagaceae
Color flower: Pale Pink in Spring
Hardiness: H4 (hardy – average winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Can get slug damage
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Plant 10cm deep in autumn in any moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Protect container grown bulbs from excessive winter wet
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden or Patio/Container Plants

Iris bucharica Foster AGM


Iris may be rhizomatous or bulbous perennials, with narrowly leaves and erect stems bearing flowers with 3 large spreading or pendent fall petals, alternating with 3 erect, often smaller, standard petals, in late winter, spring or early summer

I. bucharica is a vigorous bulbous iris to 40cm in height, with erect stems bearing narrowly lance-shaped, glossy green leaves and up to 6 creamy-yellow flowers about 5cm in width, with deeper yellow falls, in the upper leaf axils in spring

Common Name: Bokhara iris
Family: Iridaceae
Color flower: Yellow and Pale Yellow in Spring
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Summer
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Columnar/Upright
Habit: Susceptible to slug and damage by snails
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in well-drained neutral or slightly alkaline soil. Take care not to damage the fleshy roots when transplanting
Garden characteristics: Flower borders and beds or Rock Garden

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Tulipa altaica (15) AGM


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

Miscellaneous tulips include all species and hybrids not otherwise classified

T. altaica is a bulbous perennial to 25cm, with erect, glaucous green leaves and solitary, wide-open, star-shaped lemon-yellow flowers to 10cm across, tinged red and green on reverse

Common Name: Altai mountain tulip
Family: Liliaceae
Color flower: Pale Green, Pale Red and Pale Yellow in Spring
Hardiness: H6 (hardy – very cold winter)
Color foliage: Blue and Green 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