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 force spring flowering bulbs, such as tulips, in a container to bloom in winter. Information includes layering bulbs in the container for maximum flower time, when to plant, caring for the container, what soil to use and how to overwinter the pot. Transcript Fall is planting time for spring flowering bulbs. A lot of people love to plant tulips, daffodils, crocus and lots of other bulbs into the landscape but some people don’t have room to plant bulbs. The solution is to plant bulbs in a container. […]

Sun Requirements Bright indirect light and part shade is best, but some newer selections can take more sun. Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Caladiums are mostly grown for their colorful leaves and rarely flower. Mature Height x Spread 1 to 3 feet tall and wide, depending on the variety. Caladiums are subtropical bulbs that produce colorful leaves. The plants can reach to 3 feet tall, but most selections are between 1 to 2 feet tall and wide. Caladiums are hardy in USDA zones 8 to 11. Like dahlias and canna […]

Sun Requirements Full sun in cold areas to part shade in warm areas. Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Blooms from summer to fall Mature Height x Spread 12 to 24 inches tall Calla lilies (Zantedeschia) are a subtropical bulb (rhizome) that is hardy in USDA zone 8 to 10. In those areas it will overwinter in well-drained soil to flower annually in summer. In colder areas, the bulbs need to be dug and stored in a cool basement for winter. Calla lily bulbs produce whirled, cup-like flowers in a broad […]

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 […]

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