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Feature Bulbs 2015

It’s prime bulb planting season so each week we’ll bring you some of our favourites:

Fritillaria imperialis 'Beethoven'

• Shorter than the yellow form of Crowned Imperials growing to 24” tall with a 12” spread
• Prefer full sun and well drained soil.
• Large orange bell-shaped flowers appear up a stem mid Spring above a leafy green crown of bright green leaves.
• Plant bulbs 4” deep on a 45º angle to prevent bulb rot.
• Deer resistant and an attractant to hummingbirds.



• A shorter version of the red form of Crowned Imperials sporting unique reddish pink bell-shaped blooms up a stem.
• This cultivar grows 24” tall with a 12” spread.
• As well, hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers which give off a strong musky fragrance which repels deer.


Fritillaria persica (Persian Lily)

• A beautiful heirloom species native to Turkey, Iran, Israel and Syria.
• Two to three foot flowering stalks of down turned plum purple to gray green, bell-shaped flowers dangle above gray-green foliage.
• The very showy flowers appear in June.
• Plants prefer a hot sunny location and can tolerate dry conditions.
• Plants produce a skunk like odour which repels deer, but their beauty more than makes up for it!


Fritillaria meleagris (Snake’s Head Fritillary)

• Native to river flood plains in Europe where it is frequently seen growing in large colonies.
• Plants are somewhat dainty in appearance, featuring solitary (less frequently 2-3), drooping, 2” long, bell-shaped flowers which are checkered and veined with reddish-brown, purple, white and gray.
• Blooms in April


Fritillaria michailovskyi (Michael’s Fritillaria)

• Native to mountainous areas of northeastern Turkey. It is a bulbous perennial growing to 10–20 cm (4–8 in) tall, with narrow strap-shaped leaves and nodding umbels of distinctive, pendent, bell-shaped maroon flowers with yellow tips in spring.
• Requires very well-drained conditions, as it does not tolerate winter wet


Naturalizing bulbs slowly spread to create beautiful carpets of colour in the garden. Very hardy and easy to grow, these are a great choice for rock gardens, for massing in flower beds and even in the lawn!

Galanthus nivalis

One of the true harbingers of spring, snowdrops are amongst the very first to bloom, often peeking through the snow. Extremely hardy, the white nodding blooms are flecked with unique grassy green accents.



Scilla siberica – Squill

Extremely hardy bulb that naturalizes well, nodding blue bell shaped blooms in early spring, shortly after snowdrops.



Cyclamineus Daffodil

These dwarf selections of the popular fall bulb are fantastic for rock gardens and borders. Actually quite tolerant of shade, these low growing daffodil reach about 8-10”. Jack Snipe features white reflexed petals with a yellow trumpet and Tete a Tete features clear yellow petals with a  matching trumpet.

Want to learn more?
Join Garden Show host Bob Stadnyk Sunday, September 13th at 1pm in our botanical garden for our Fabulous Fall Bulbs Class. Bob will share his expert tips for planting fall bulbs and share his personal favourites. Class includes a hands on demonstration on planting fall bulbs. Greenland Members Free, pre-registration required (non-members $5.00). Call 780-467-7557 to register.


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