Ipheion uniflorum 'White Star' (Starflower)
• This rare fall bulb sports numerous single, sweetly scented, flowers reminiscent of mint.
• The white star shaped flowers are six-petalled and appear early to late spring over a period of weeks.
• Foliage is grass-like and smells like garlic when crushed.
• Grow in full sun and well drained soil.
• Makes an excellent edging plant for the front of a perennial or shrub border en masse, as plants grow only 10-12” in height.
Leucojum aestivum (Summer Snowflake)
• A member of the Amaryllis family, this rare fall bulb produces numerous white tipped green nodding bell-shaped flowers each spring.
• Since flowers are sterile, no seed is set, so plants put all their energy into flowering and that it does.
• Plants attain a height of 12-15” and tolerate clay soils well.
• Prefer full sun to partial shade.
• One of the easiest fall bulbs to grow.
Fritillaria imperialis (Crowned Imperial Lily)
Better known as “Crowned Imperials”, this year from the UK comes two new introductions guaranteed to be better suited to our climate by being hardier, more robust with a longer blooming period.
• 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!
Tulipa humilis var. pulchella 'Tete a tete' (Botanical Tulip)
• A brand new, hardy, cute multi-flowered species tulip, being the first ever double flowered form.
• Very unusual flower form with multiple “heads” of flowers.
• The entire plant is only 3-5” in height.
• Excellent in a rock garden or planted in mass in the front of perennial or shrub beds.
Besides the tulip, daffodil, flowering onion and crocus which adorn our gardens each spring that most people are familiar with, there is a wide array of lesser known bulbs for fall planting that serve as much attention in the home landscape. The introduction of these to the landscape extends the blooming season on the front end by as much as 4-6 weeks. Now is the perfect time for planting these beauties, giving them enough time to root in successfully before winter sets in.
Be the first in your neighbourhood to show patches of spring colour in your garden as the snow gradually disappears! Following is a listing of some of our favourites:
Chionodoa luciliae (Glory of the Snow)
Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite)
Fritillaria meleagris (Checkered Lily)
Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrops)
Lilium martagon (Martagon Lily)
Muscari spp (Grape Hyacinth)
Puschkinia libanotica (Striped Squill)
Scilla siberica (Siberian Squill)
Tulipa spp (Wild Botanical Tulip)