Bulbs

Allium spp and cultivars   Other Name flowering onion   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Spring to early summer in colors of white, pink, yellow, and purple   Mature Height x Spread 6 to 36 inches x 10 to 12 inches   Added Benefits Attract beneficials, drought tolerant, deer resistant     Alliums are a broad group of plants in the onion family. While we’re all familiar with good common food crops, such as onions, leeks, and garlic, there are many alliums that […]

Learn how to force amaryllis bulbs indoors for winter blooms. Listen to podcast: This flower is named after a shepherdess who had unrequited love for a gardener. Each day she would walk to his door to impress him by piercing her own heart with a golden arrow. The blood that would drop to the ground would turn into scarlet flowers that would line his path. I don’t know if that shepherdess ever got her gardener, but I do know her name was amaryllis. This South American tropical bulb is easy […]

Learn how to select, plant and grow canna lilies. Listen to Podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Canna Lilies Canna generalis   Other Name indian shot   Sun Requirements full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color mid to late summer in colors such as pink, salmon. red, and orange   Mature Height x Spread 3 to 6 feet x 1 to 3 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, deer resistant   Canna lily is a tropical bulb that grows quickly during our warm summer to produce tall stately plants […]

Colchicum autumnale   Other Name naked ladies   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color fall in colors of pink, lilac or white   Mature Height x Spread 4 to 6 inches x 6 to 12 inches   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, drought tolerant, deer resistant   Most gardeners are familiar with spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips, but there is a group of fall flowering bulbs that grow well in New England, providing color in fall when you least expect it. Autumn crocus […]

Crocus spp and hybrids   Other Name Dutch crocus   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color late winter to spring in colors such as blue, white, yellow , purple and bi-colors   Mature Height x Spread 4 to 6 inches x 2 to 4 inches   Added Benefits drought tolerant   This low growing, clumping bulb is an early bloomer in the landscape, offering bright colors that signal the end to winter. The lance-shaped leaves emerge as soon as the ground thaws to produce […]

Learn how to plant and grow daffodils in your yard and garden. Listen to Podcast podcast transcript How to Grow: Daffodils Narcissus spp and hybrids   Other Name jonquil   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Spring in colors such as yellow, white, gold and bi-colors   Mature Height x Spread 4 to 24 inches x 3 to 6 inches   Added Benefits deer resistant   If you’re looking for an easy to grow, spring flowering bulb that returns faithfully each year, slowly spreading […]

Learn about dahlias, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Dahlias Dahlia hybrids   Other Name garden dahlia   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color late summer into fall in colors such as pink, salmon, white, cream, red, and bi-colors   Mature Height x Spread 1 to 5 feet x 1 to 3 feet   Added Benefits attract beneficials, attracts hummingbirds, deer resistant   If you’re looking for a big showy flower to cap off the […]

Learn how to grow Dutch iris and other small iris types. Listen to podcast: This spring flowering bulb is native to drier regions of Iran, Iraq and Turkey. While we know it’s taller and later blooming cousins very well in the garden, bulb iris grow a little bit differently. There are two common types of bulb iris. The species is iris reticulata. It’s a hardy bulb with fragrant purple flowers and yellow streaks. It grows 4 to 6 inches tall making for a beautiful rock garden and low flower border […]

Learn how to plant and grow autumn crocus and other all flowering bulbs. Listen to Podcast:   When I say flowering bulbs, most people think of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other spring bloomers. But if you look closely around some yards in fall you’ll notice a whole other group of bulbs flowering now. These are the autumn flowering bulbs and I think they deserve more attention. Colchicum and autumn crocus bulbs are planted now to bloom in fall. They provide a splash of color to perennial gardens often with only […]

Learn how to select and force spring flowering bulbs indoors in winter. Listen to Podcast   Forcing bulbs into bloom indoors just doesn’t sound humane or natural, but we love to do it. There’s nothing like a fragrant hyacinth, colorful tulip or cheery daffodil blooming on our kitchen table, while it continues to snow outside. But while Santa may grace your holiday stocking with some bulbs for forcing, you have to do it right to get the results you want. Flowering bulbs are dug from fields in late summer and […]

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