Does anyone here do bulb gardens that bloom all through the spring to
the end of summer?
I have the standards -- crocus, hyacinths, daffodils, day lilies, but,
I'm looking for suggestions of bulbs that bloom later than the lilies
and to fill out the time between the daffodils and lilies.
Rhizomes and other bulb-like plants can be included. (I think irises
are technically rhizomes, not bulbs?)
We have a cabin in the NC Blue Ridge Mtns. As I recall, the time to
plant flower bulbs is in Oct.
Unfortunately, our current schedule (kids in school) does not allow us to
be there in Oct. We are there as late as early August. We are also there
in Dec / March/ late May, and late Jul/early August.
I would like to plant some nice bulbs (like Daffodils, etc) but I don't
know when I could do it.
Thanks for any tips...
Remember......... NC mountains........... 4200 feet above sea level.
a lot of bulbs are dry dormant. narcissus and amaryliis (for southern
zones) are most famous for that.
august seems fine for dormant bulbs, especially if you don't water them
at all after planting. but where will you buy them?
also if frost knocks the top off a healthy bulb, i'd think it would still
come up in spring.
What about bulbs (rhizomes, corms, etc) that don't require being dug up
and stored over the winter?
I was very excited when I saw your suggestion for calla lilies (they're
my favorite flower), but, my mom burst that bubble when she said they
need to be dug up and stored for the winter.
I'm a lazy gardener -- I plant stuff with the expectation that I won't
have to come back to it. Irises (which are the fussiest flower I've
planted) are "supposed" to require winter storage, but, mine still bloom
every other year or so, which is good enough for me :).
I don't recall you saying where you lived. I'm in zone 6 where the average
winter low is -10. My neighbor has beautiful calla lilies and she leaved
them in the ground all year long. Some people around here leave their
cannas in the ground. If you find a sheltered microclimate in your garden
you can sometimes push your zone. Glads are winter hearty here and I have
had dahlias come back year after year without lifting them. There are some
"bulbs" that simply won't tolerate the cold. One example is the caladiums
and their relatives the alocasias and colocasias (elephant ears). I have
never heard of anyone lifting irises. Tall bearded iris, Dutch Iris, and
Japanese iris are hearty to zone 4. Siberian iris are hearty to zone 3.
Tall Bearded irises are the ones I bought. I don't know the variety,
but, they're purple flowers with sort of whitish interiors and yellow
beards. Just about as "sterotypical" an iris as you can find :). They
grow up around my mailbox (which seems the perfect place to put irises
as theyr'e tall and the mailbox poles are tall).
don't you hate those fluffy indistinct irises? the flowers might as well be
i'd suggest finding a local dirt-under-the-nails garden group to learn of
the the old-time reliable plants. necessity is the mother of laziness :-)
Here in MI tulips follow the first three (which are accompanied by
scillas as well), then irises take over (together with peonys), then
daylilies, then various types of asiatic and tiger lilies. at this
point it is the end of July and perennial echinaceas and black eyes
susans can come up and continue the show until end of august. At this
point I don't care much about how the garden looks - it was a five
months long show after all. My fall crocus are a dud, their pale
violet lost amongst the dead leaves.
If you want to include tuberous plants too, consider dwarf dahlias for
sun/partial shade areas. They put on a good show from early summer
and onward, but require their tubers lifted for storage in the fall as they
are not hardy here. They can be propagated easily from seeds, divisions,
or cuttings. This website gives an idea as to what is available if you
are willing to go the seed route (to start next winter).
If you are in a milder climate, you might want to consider Rain
Lilies. I have these in my garden and the bloom all spring, summer
and fall long. The foliage remains green all year.
On Sat, 01 May 2004 15:16:02 -0400, Gwen Morse
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