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Fall Bulb Picks

 
Allium ‘Ambassador’

One of the absolute best ornamental onion cultivars. This is a later blooming variety, appearing in early- to mid-summer depending on sun exposure. It features extra-large (6”) spheres of bold purple flowers on sturdy stems. The foliage stays green for longer, so the plant has better overall presentation when blooming than most Allium cultivars.

 

 
SOLD OUT     Daffodil ‘Rip Van Winkle’

This heirloom variety dates back to before 1884. An early bloomer, with fully double, bright yellow flowers. One of the best for naturalizing, and rock gardens.

 

 

Fritillaria ‘Beethoven’ and ‘Vivaldi’ (Crown Imperial)

These shorter crown imperial cultivars have proven hardy in our area and are relatively easy to grow. A lily relative, they are lesser known but well worth growing, they have attractive stems of whorled leaves, topped by a stately “crown” of nodding, bell-shaped flowers; ‘Beethoven’ has coral-orange flowers while ‘Vivaldi’ has coral-red blooms. Plant bulbs in well-drained soil at a 45-degree angle.

 

 

 
Iris ‘Lion King’

A unique Dutch Iris cultivar with dusk-purple standards and golden yellow falls, intricately striped deep purple. Flowers appear in late spring on relatively tall-growing plants (up  to 18 inches).

 

 

 
Tulipa kaufmanniana ‘Waterlily’

This botanical tulip has large, upfacing flowers of a pale yellow colour with deeper yellow centres. These have a tendency to open nearly flat in the sun, giving them the appearance of a waterlily. A short cultivar that is excellent for both rock gardens and naturalizing.

 

 

 
Tulipa praestans ‘Shogun’

A multifloral botanical tulip which will produce 3-4 flowers per stem. The flared blooms are a cantaloupe-orange colour, with contrasting black anthers. Another superb candidate for both rock gardens and naturalizing.


 

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