Bulbs

Miniature Daffodils

Hawera - Miniature Daffodil

Miniature Daffodils are a wonderful addition to the garden, best known for varieties such as Tete a Tete with 2 – 3 flowers on each stem, and Jet Fire however a double form of the old favourite named ‘Tete Boucle’…

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Clivia nobilis

Clivia nobilis

A very graceful looking flowering plant Clivia nobilis is from South Africa, characterised by clusters of red flowers tipped with green. This is a clump forming plant originating in coastal areas of the Eastern Cape in South Africa. It naturally…

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Sprekelia formosissima

Sprekelia formosissima Aztec Lily or Jacobean Lily

Although the Aztec Lily (Sprekelia formosissima) is only regarded as hardy to USDA 8b, and then only in a protected position, it can be grown in containers in colder zones. Grown for the incredibly bright flowers, large, deep crimson red…

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Epimedium wushanense Spiny Leafed Form

Being of the belief that Epimediums are some of the best plants for dry shade I have now come to the conclusion that Epimedium wushanense “Spiny Leafed Form” is my favourite of all of them. The thing about this species…

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Arisaema consanguineum

Arisaema consanguineum

Also known as the Himalayan Cobra Lily Arisaema consanguineum is one of the easiest arisaema plants to grow. A tall growing species reaching up to 3ft (1m) and taller with an upright habit, lots of varieties some with more attractive…

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Iris pallida variegata

Iris Pallida variegata

With standout variegated foliage as well as attractive flowers, Iris Pallida variegata is a garden worthy plant. It has a little history on its side as well. It is one of the species that has given rise to the many…

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Iris unguicularis

Iris unguicularis - Algerian Iris

Algerian Iris The first time I ever noticed an Algerian Iris was in late winter just after we have moved house. Here was this pretty little flower growing in the driest, most neglected piece of soil you could imagine. Moving…

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Freesias

Freesias grow well in a range of climate zones, however they are not cold hardy. They are not fussy about soil type and do not need a lot of fertiliser, they are a spring flowering bulb, and are fragrant, so…

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Amaryllis Belladonna

Belladonna Lily - Amarylis Belladonna or Naked Lady Bulb

The Belladonna Lily is commonly called Pink Lady Bulb, Jersey Lily, Naked Lady and also known as Amaryllis. They grow from bulbs, produce colourful flowers and flower reliably year after year. It is available in a number of colours, shades…

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Asiatic Lilies

Asiatic Hybrids Div1 Asiatic Lilies (or Asiatic Lilium) are an extremely popular bulb to grow in the garden due to the huge range of colors. Not fragrant, in fact no discernible perfume or smell, it is the flowers that these…

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Lilium humboldtii

Lilium humboldtii is known as the ‘Columbia Tiger’ Lily or Humbolt’s Lily. A fragrant tall growing lily with yellow to orange-red recurved flowers, speckled brown or purple. Lilium humboldtii is originally from California and the foothills of the Sierras and…

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Lilium canadense

‘Canada Lily’ or ‘Meadow Lily’ A tall growing Lilium reaching up to 4ft the Canada Lily or the Meadow Lily is found wide from the eastern North America through to the central states Lilium canadense grows well in full or…

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Tulipa neustruevae

This is a Miniature tulip with small yellow flower and a green exterior. From the lower reaches of the Tein Shan mountains in Central Asia it does cope with warmer climates then some, however it still requires a cold winter…

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Tulipa linifolia

Tulipa linifolia is native to Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. Used widely in rock gardens Tulipa linifolia also does well in containers or pots. A dwarf late flowering species with bright red, open cupped flowers with a darker base. The flowers are…

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Tulipa kolpakowskiana

Another fairly easy care type Tulipa kolpakowskiana is species tulip. Flowering Mid spring with nice clear yellow blooms stained crimson on the exterior. Found in the foothills of the mountains in Kazakhstan and Turkey, with sunny yellow flowers Tulipa kolpakowskiana…

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Tulipa kaufmanniana

Tulipa kaufmanniana

With a flower that opens wide and flat , Tulipa kaufmanniana is also known as the waterlily tulip, and this is bit of a famous species as a whole class is named after it. So the species would be mainly…

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Tulipa eichleri

Bigger, redder and taller Tulipa eichleri has a few things going for it so it you are looking for a bold species tulip for the garden, one that will happily naturalize, then this is the one. In fact if you could flower…

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Tulipa clusiana

One of the popular Tulip species is Tulipa clusiana, the Lady Tulip, originally from Turkey, Iran and nearby areas right through to the Himalayas. It has been such a popular species for so many years that it now grows from…

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Tulipa batalinii

We think that the simple form of Tulipa batalinii makes it a most attractive species tulip. To be really correct we should perhaps call this, Tulipa linifolia (Batalinii Group). Originally from Soviet Central Asia, Turkestan to Iran. Like many tulips…

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Tulipa saxatalis

Tulipa saxatilis is originally from Crete, Rhodes and through to Southern Turkey where it is found on rocky outcrops as well as open field. So when we think of Crete we think warm Mediterranean summers, and this is true, however…

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Uvularia grandiflora

Wonderful bright yellow bell shaped flowers on tall stems reaching 24″ make Uvularia grandiflora live up to its common name of ‘Big Merry Bells’ . Blooming in spring, the flowers open sequentially, hanging gracefully above the bright green foliage. Although…

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Tulips

One of the most popular of all of the spring flowering bulbs are tulips. And the tulips that we see as cut flowers are hybrid tulips, usually Darwin Tulips and Parrot Tulips. Species tulips are usually much less demanding bulbs…

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Trillium chloropetalum

Trillium chloropetalum is variable species with flowers from white and yellow to deep purple. A spring flowering trillium native to the west and north-west coastal areas of the United States. To 30 – 40 cm. The foliage is usually, but…

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Trillium

A much sought after plant, Trilliums are a shade loving woodland plant or ‘trillium wild flower’ also known as the ‘wake robin’, in the USA. Many species are now grown commercially and are available for sale from online nurseries with…

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Tricyrtis hirta

The Toad Lily is one of the outstanding flowering plants for shade, the botanical name is Tricyrtis hirta and with orchid like flowers they are winners in a shaded position. Although the species usually has white flowers heavily spotted with…

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Species Tulips

We all know about the tulip bulbs that are widely grown for mass displays and cut flowers, but what about species tulips, which is after all the bulbs where it all started. These are the original species that were around…

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Sandersonia aurantiaca

Fall is a great time to plant Sandersonia aurantiaca which is a wonderful climbing plant with dainty golden bell shaped flowers in summer. Also known as the Chinese Lily Lantern (although it is from South Africa), Christmas Bells (yet it…

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Rhodohypoxis

If you are looking for a long flowering plant for a container, then Rhodohypoxis could well be the one. From spring through to summer, lots of bright flowers and good green foliage. It is a plant that is dormant in…

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Ranunculus

If you are looking for easy to grow spring flowering bulbs then Ranunculus spring to mind. Colorful, easy going and low care they bring a riot of color to the spring garden. Although they are not regarded as fussy, they…

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Ornithogalum dubium

With a common name of ‘Sun Star’, Ornithogalum dubium with its brilliant orange flowers certainly lives up to its name. Also known as the ‘Star of Bethlehem’ flower color does vary from the orange pictured right, to yellow. Occasional white…

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