Bulbs are easy to grow and offer a wide enchanting array of colors, sizes and blooming periods. We often think of bulbs as tulips, daffodils or crocus but they include a plethora of other beautiful plants such as alliums, anemones, dahlias, iris and many more. First of all, there are 3 main groups of bulbs based on their blooming seasons:

Spring Flowering Bulbs

  • They are planted in the the fall (they require a "dormant" period of cold temperatures to stimulate their root development) before the first hard frost.
  • They are hardy and perennialize well.
  • There is no need to dig them out before winter

Allium

Anemone

Camassia

Chionodoxa

Corydalis solida

Crocus

Eranthis

Eremurus

Erythronium

Fritillaria

Galanthus

Hippeastrum

Hyacinthoides

Hyacinthus

Ipheion uniflorum

Iris

Ixiolirion tataricum

Leucojum

Lilium candidum

Muscari

Narcissus

Nectaroscordum siculum

Other botanical tulips

Ornithogalum

Oxalis adenophylla

Puschkinia scilloides

Scilla

Triteleia laxa

Tulipa

Veltheimia

Allium

Allium

Fritillaria imperialis Rubra Maxima

Fritillaria

Anemone Blanda White Splendour

Anemon

Summer Flowering Bulbs

  • They are planted in spring.
  • Most of them are tender and need to be dug up in the fall and stored indoors over the winter.

Achimenes

Agapanthus

Amaryllis belladonna

Anemone coronaria

Begonia

Bletilla

Caladium

Canna

Commelina

Crinum

Crocosmia

Cyrtanthus

Dahlia

Elephant Ears

Eucharis

Eucomis

Galtonia candicans

Gladiolus

Gladiolus callianthus

Gloriosa

Hymenocallis

Ixia

Leucocoryne

Liatris

Lilium

Nerine

 

Ornithogalum

Polianthes

Ranunculus

Roscoea

Sandersonia

Sauromatum

Scadoxus

Tigridia

Tritionia

Tulbaghia

Zantedeschia


 
Crocosmia crocosmiiflora John Boots

Crocosmia

Dahlia Luca Johanna

Dahlia

Leucojum aestivum Gravetye Giant

Leucojum

As opposed to the other bulbs, lilies are quite hardy and can be planted in either fall or spring.

Fall Flowering Bulbs

Planted in midsummer, these bulbs will produce a bright display of colors within weeks after planting.

Colchicum

Crocus

Cyclamen

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