I hate having to repeat myself, but when it comes to digging in spring blooming bulbs each fall to replace those that fizzled away or were munched by critters, I CAN stop this expensive, repetitive madness. Now I plant long-lived, naturalizing bulbs that stick around for years.
Here are a few of my tried and true stalwarts:
Daffodils, especially miniature varieties like Minnow, Tete-a-Tete and Baby Boomer
Camassia Quamash 15” tall Sun – Part Shade Zone 4-8
Hyacinthoides hispanica Spanish Bluebells Sun – Part Sun 12”-15” Zone 3-8
Fritillaria meleagris Checkered Lily Sun – Part Shade 8” tall Zone 3-8
Leucojum ‘Gravetye Giant’ Snowdrop Part Sun – Part Shade 12”-20” tall Zone 4-8
Erythronium pagoda Trout Lily Part Shade – Shade 12”-14” tall Zone 4-8
Species Tulips such as T. humilis Eastern Star, T. Lilliput, T. Odalisque, T. Persian Pearl and T. Violacea. Sun – Part Sun 4”-6” tall Zone 4-8 (photo right, T. humilis Eastern Star)
Allium schubertii 16” tall Zone 5-8. Allium caesium 10”-16” tall Zone 4-7
These marathon performers and other superstars are available from premier bulb companies like ColorBlends, Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, and John Scheepers.
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Kerry Mendez is the author of best-selling book, "The Right-Size Flower Garden" for sale at pyours.com as well as Amazon. Check out her upcoming webinar: Inspirational Design Lessons from Magnificent Gardens in England, Canada and the United States. http://pyours.com/webinar-inspired-design
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Steve Asbell, freelance writer, blogger and illustrator.
Photographs Steve Asbell
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