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First Spring Flowers in My Garden

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Wonderful Daffodils: spring flowers for your garden

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The best spring bulbs for your garden



So nice: Tecophilaea cyanocrocus ‘Leichtlinii’

Would you like to have a piece of spring in your house? Tecophilaea cyanocrocus ‘Leichtlinii’ is a great choice! No special pruning required. Below are its main features.


Tecophilaea are cormous herbaceous perennials with linear-lance-shaped basal leaves and 1-2 funnel-shaped, vivid blue or violet, often white-throated flowers in spring

‘Leichtlinii’ is a perennial to 10cm in height, with narrow greyish-green leaves and slender stems bearing solitary, erect, light blue funnel-shaped flowers 3-4cm in width, with a prominent white throat

Common Name: Chilean blue crocus ‘Leichtlinii’
Family: Tecophilaeaceae
Color flower: Blue and White in Spring
Hardiness: H3 (half hardy – unheated greenhouse/mild winter)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Tufted
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in well-drained, sandy soil in full sun; protect from frost. Or grow in a pot in an alpine house: plant 5cm deep in a mix of equal parts loam-based potting compost and sharp sand; water in growing season but reduce watering as the leaves die down in summer
Garden characteristics: Gravel Garden, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden

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Crocus biflorus ‘Blue Pearl’


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

‘Blue Pearl’ is a corm with fragrant, light lavender-blue flowers, white within, with a yellow throat, opening in spring with the leaves

Common Name: crocus ‘Blue Pearl’
Family: Iridaceae
Color flower: White, Yellow and Pale Blue 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: City/Courtyard Gardens, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden

Crocus is one of my favorite flowers. This is one of the first spring bulbs. If you like crocuses, you might like the following:


Iris cristata


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. cristata is a rhizomatous perennial to 10cm, forming a mat of fans of bright green leaves, with stemless light violet-blue flowers 3-4cm in width, with a conspicuous white patch and narrow orange crest on each fall

Common Name: dwarf crested iris
Family: Iridaceae
Color flower: Orange, White and Pale Blue in Spring
Hardiness: H7 (very hardy)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Summer
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Mat forming
Habit: May be attacked by slugs and snails
Pruning: Remove any dying foliage in autumn, old flower stems can be cut down after flowering
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in moist, humus-rich soil in full sun or partial shade. Or grow in a container under glass, keep just moist during dormancy
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Wall-side Borders, Rock Garden or Patio/Container Plants

Muscari azureu


Muscari are bulbous perennials with linear or strap-shaped leaves and small bell-shaped, tubular or urn-shaped flowers borne in a dense raceme on an erect leafless stem

M. azureum is a compact bulbous perennial to 10cm in height, with narrow, channelled leaves. Small, bell-shaped pale blue flowers, each segment having a darker central stripe, are borne in dense racemes

Common Name: azure grape hyacinth
Family: Asparagaceae
Color flower: Pale Blue and Dark Blue in Spring
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Spring and Summer
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Tufted
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Plant 10cm deep in autumn in any moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Lift and divide (when dormant in summer) congested clumps to maintain vigour. May be invasive
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs or Wildflower meadow

Iris ‘Sheila Ann Germaney’ (Reticulata)


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

Reticulata irises are small, bulbous perennials with narrow leaves almost square in section, and solitary, sometimes fragrant purple, yellow or blue flowers in early spring

‘Sheila Ann Germaney’ is a dwarf bulbous plant with pale blue flowers in late winter, the falls with a yellow midrib and darker grey-blue veining

Common Name: iris ‘Sheila Ann Germaney’
Family: Iridaceae
Color flower: Pale Blue in Spring
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Green in Spring
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Susceptible to damage by slugs and 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
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden or Flower borders and beds

Crocus goulimyi – spring beauty


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. goulimyi is a cormous perennial, flowering as the leaves appear in autumn. Flowers rather small and almost globose, with a long tube, lilac with a white throat, the inner tepals paler and slightly shorter

Common Name: fall crocus
Family: Iridaceae
Color flower: White and Pale Purple in Autumn
Hardiness: H4 (hardy – average 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 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. Can be grown outdoors 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