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All Flowers per Month 12

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All Spring Foliage 212

All Summer Foliage 212
All Autumn Foliage 212
All Winter Foliage 212
Rock Plant Flowers 53

 

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...Cultivation, Position, Use Index
...Shape, Form
Index

 

Conifer
Deciduous Shrub
Deciduous Tree
Evergreen Perennial
Evergreen Shrub
Evergreen Tree
Fern
Grass
Hedging
Herbaceous Perennial
Herb
Odds and Sods

Rhododendron
Rose
Soft Fruit
Top Fruit
Vegetable

Wild Flower

Topic - Wildlife on Plant Photo Gallery
Butterfly

 

Cultivation Requirements of Plant

Outdoor / Garden Cultivation

1

Indoor / House Cultivation

 

Cool Greenhouse (and Alpine House) Cultivation with artificial heating in the Winter

1

Conservatory Cultivation with heating throughout the year

1

Stovehouse Cultivation with heating throughout the year for Tropical Plants

1

 

Sun Aspect

Full Sun

1

Part Shade

1

Full Shade

1

 

Soil Type

Any Soil

1

Chalky Soil

1

Clay Soil

1

Lime-Free Soil

 

Peaty Soil

1

Sandy Soil

1

Acid Soil

1

Alkaline Soil

1

Badly-drained Soil

 

 

Soil Moisture

Dry

1

Moist

1

Wet

1

 

Position for Plant

Back of Shady Border

 

Back of Shrub Border

1

Bedding

1

Bog Garden

 

Coastal Conditions / Seaside

1

Container in Garden

1

Front of Border

1

Ground Cover 0-24 inches (0-60 cms)

1

Ground Cover 24-72 inches (60-180 cms)

1

Ground Cover Over 72 inches (180 cms)

 

Hanging Basket

 

Hedge

1

Hedge - Thorny

 

Pollution Barrier

 

Pond

 

Pot in House, Greenhouse, Conservatory or Stovehouse

1

Raised Bed

 

Rest of Border

1

Rock Garden

1

Scree Bed

1

Speciman on Lawn

 

Sunny Border

1

Tree for Lawn

 

Tree for Small Garden

1

Wildflower

1

Windbreak

 

Woodland

1

 

Use of Plant

Pollen or nectar for Bees

1

Hosts to Butterflies

1

Encouraging birds / wildlife, providing food and shelter

1

Bee-Pollinated plants for Hay Fever Sufferers

1

Berries / Fruit

 

Dry Site in Full Sun

1

Dry Shade

 

Filtering noise

 

Flower Arrange-ments

 

Fragrant Flower

1

Language of Flowers

 

Low maintenance

1

Moist Shade

 

Moist and swampy Sites

 

Nitrogen fixing plants

 

Not Fragrant Flower

1

Rabbit-Resistant

 

Speciman Plant

1

Thornless

 

Tolerant of Poor Soil

1

 

Plant Foliage

Aromatic Foliage

 

Autumn Foliage

 

Finely Cut Leaves

1

Large Leaves

 

Yellow Variegated Foliage

1

White Variegated Foliage

1

Red / Purple Variegated Foliage

 

Silver, Grey and Glaucous Foliage

1

Sword-shaped Leaves

 

 

 

Flower Shape

Number of Flower Petals

Petal-less
 

1

1 Petal

 

2 Petals

 

3 Petals
 

1

4 Petals
 

1

5 Petals
 

1

Above 5
 

1

 

Flower Shape - Simple

Stars
 

1

Bowls
 

 

Cups and Saucers
 

1

Globes
 

 

Goblets and Chalices
 

 

Trumpets
 

1

Funnels
 

1

Bells
 

1

Thimbles
 

 

Urns
 

 

Salverform

 

 

Flower Shape - Elaborated

Tubes, Lips and Straps
 

 

Slippers, Spurs and Lockets
 

 

Hats, Hoods and Helmets
 

 

Standards, Wings and Keels
 

 

Discs and Florets
 

 

Pin-Cushions
 

 

Tufts
 

 

Cushion
 

 

Umbel
 

1

Buttons
 

 

Pompoms
 

 

 

Natural Arrangements

Bunches, Posies, Sprays
 

1

Columns, Spikes and Spires
 

 

Whorls, Tiers and Candelabra
 

1

Plumes and Tails
 

 

Chains and Tassels
 

1

Clouds, Garlands and Cascades
 

 

Spheres, Domes and Plates
 

 

 

Shrub, Tree Shape

Columnar
 

1

Oval
 

1

Rounded or Spherical
 

 

Flattened Spherical
 

1

Narrow Conical / Narrow Pyramidal
 

1

Broad Conical / Broad Pyramidal
 

1

Ovoid /
Egg-Shaped
 

 

Broad Ovoid
 

 

Narrow Vase-shaped / Inverted Ovoid
 

 

Fan-Shaped /Vase-Shaped
 

 

Broad Fan-Shaped / Broad Vase-Shaped
 

 

Narrow Weeping
 

 

Broad Weeping
 

 

Palm

 

 

Conifer Cone

1

 

Form

Arching

1

Climbing

 

Clump-Forming

1

Mat-Forming

 

Mound-Forming

1

Prostrate

1

Spreading

1

Stemless

 

Upright

1

 

Poisonous Plant

1

 

 

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Plant Type
 

 

Alpines for Rock Garden (See Rock Garden Plant Flowers)

Alpine Shrubs and Conifers

The Alpine Meadow
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3

The Alpine Border

Alpine Plants for a Purpose

The Alpines that Dislike Lime

Alpines and Walls
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3

Alpines and Paving

Sink and Trough gardens

Aquatic
(Water Plants) for

Anti-erosion Riverbank

Marginal Plants (Bog Garden Plants)

Oxy-genating Weeds

Water Lilies

Floating Plants

Waterside Plants
and Plants for Dry Margins next to a Pond

Wildlife Pond Plants

Annual for

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Plants for Cut Flowers in
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

Exposed Sites

Sheltered Sites with Green-house Annuals from 1916

Extra Poor Soil with Half-Hardy Annuals from 1916

Very Rich Soil with Biennials from 1916

Gap-filling in Mixed Borders with Hardy Annuals from 1916

Patio Containers

Cut Flowers Page 1
Page 2 Everlasting Flowers with Red Flowers from 1916

Attracting beneficial insects

Scent / Fragrance with Annuals for Cool or Shady Places from 1916

Low-allergen Gardens for Hay Fever Sufferers

Annual Plant Pairing Ideas

Low-Growing Annuals

Medium-Growing Annuals

Tall-Growing Annuals with White Flowers from 1916

Black or Brown Flowers

Blue to Purple Flowers

Green Flowers with Annuals and Biennials from 1916

Red to Pink Flowers
Page 1
Page 2

White Flowers

Yellow or Orange Flowers

Decorative Foliage

Moist Soil

Shade

House-plants with Yellow Flowers from 1916

Edging Beds

Hanging Baskets

Vining Annuals

 

Bedding for

Spring Bedding

Summer Bedding

Autumn/ Winter Bedding

Bedding for Light Sandy Soil

Bedding for Acid Soil

Bedding for Chalky Soil

Bedding for Clay Soil

Black Flowers

Blue Flowers

Orange Flowers

Pink Flowers

Long Flowering

Coloured Leaves

Attractive to Wildlife including Bees, Butterflies and Moths

Purple Flowers

Red Flowers

White Flowers

Yellow Flowers

Multi-Coloured Flowers

Aromatic Foliage or Scented Flowers

Bedding Plant Use

Flowers with 2 Petals

Flowers with 3 Petals

Flowers with
4 Petals

Flowers with 5 Petals

Flowers with 6 Petals

Flowers with more than 6 Petals

Use in Hanging Baskets

Flower Simple Shape

Shape of
Stars

Shape of
Bowls, Cups and Saucers

Shape of
Globes, Goblets and Chalices

Shape of
Trumpets and Funnels

Shape of
Bells, Thimbles and Urns

Use in Pots and Troughs

Flower Elaborated Shape

Shape of
Tubes, Lips and Lobes

Shape of
Slippers, Spurs and Lockets

Shape of
Hats, Hoods and Helmets

 

Use in
Screening

Use in
Window Boxes

Shape of
Standards, Wings and Keels

Shape of
Discs and Florets

Shape of
Pin-Cushions and Tufts

Shape of
Rosettes, Buttons and Pompons

Cut Flowers

Use in Bedding Out

Use in
Filling In

Biennial for

Cottage and Other Gardens

Cut Flower with Biennials for Rock Work from 1916

Patio Containers with Biennials for Pots in Greenhouse / Conservatory

Beneficial to Wildlife with Purple and Blue Flowers from 1916

Scent with Biennials for Sunny Banks or Borders from 1916

 

 

Bulb for
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Explanation Intro to Bulbs
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725 Blue, White, Yellow, Unusual Colour, or Red-Purple-Pink flowering Bulbs in each month they flower.

Indoor Bulbs for
December
January
February

Indoor Bulbs for
March
April
May

Indoor
Bulbs for
June
July
August

Indoor Bulbs for September
October
November

Bulbs in Window-boxes

Bulbs in the Border

Bulbs naturalised in Grass

Plant Bloom Dec-Jan
Feb-Mar

Plant Bloom
Apr-May
Jun-Aug

Plant Bloom
Sep-Oct
Nov-Dec

Plant Bloom Smallest of Gardens

Bulbs for the Bulb Frame

Bulbs in the Woodland Garden

Bulbs in the Rock Garden

Bulbs in Green-house or Stove

Achimenes, Alocasias, Amorpho-phalluses, Arisaemas, Arums, Begonias, Bomareas, Caladiums

Clivias,
Colocasias, Crinums, Cyclamens, Cyrt-anthuses, Eucharises, Urceocharis, Eurycles

Freesias, Gloxinias, Hae-manthus, Hipp-eastrums

Lachenalias, Nerines, Lycorises, Pen-cratiums, Hymen-ocallises, Richardias, Sprekelias, Tuberoses, Vallotas, Watsonias, Zephy-ranthes

Bulbs in Bowls

Bulbs in the Alpine House

Hardy Bulbs

Aconitum, Allium, Alstroe-meria, Anemone

Amaryllis, Antheri-cum, Antholy-zas, Apios, Arisaema, Arum, Aspho-deline,

Aspho-delus, Belam-canda, Bloomeria, Brodiae, Bulbo-codium

Calochorti, Cyclo-bothras, Camassia, Colchicum, Con-vallaria,
Forcing Lily of the Valley, Corydalis, Crinum, Crosmia, Montbretia , Crocus

Cyclamen, Dicentra, Dierama, Eranthis, Eremurus, Erythrnium, Eucomis

Fritillaria, Funkia, Galanthus, Galtonia, Gladiolus, Hemero-callis

Hyacinth, Hyacinths in Pots,
Scilla, Puschkinia, Chionodoxa, Chionoscilla, Muscari

Iris,
Kniphofia, Lapeyrousia, Leucojum

Lilium,
Lilium in Pots, Malvastrum, Merendera, Milla, Narcissus, Narcissi in Pots

Orni-thogalum, Oxalis, Paeonia, Ran-unculus, Romulea, Sanguin-aria,
Stern-bergia,
Schi-zostylis, Teco-philaea, Trillium

Tulip,
Zephy-ranthus

Half-Hardy Bulbs

Acidanthera, Albuca, Alstroemeri, Andro-stephium, Bassers, Boussing-aultias, Bravoas, Cypellas, Dahlias, Galaxis,
Geis-sorhizas, Hesper-anthas

Gladioli, Ixias,
Sparaxises, Babianas, Morphixias, Tritonias

Ixiolirions, Moraeas, Orni-thogalums, Oxalises, Phaedra-nassas,
Pan-cratiums, Tigridias, Zephyr-anthes, Cooperias

Bulbs for Bedding

Plant Bedding Spring
Summer

Climber 3 sector Vertical Plant System with flowers in
Jan,
Feb,
Mar,
Apr,
May 1, 2
Jun,
Jul,
Aug,
Sep,
Oct,
Nov,
Dec

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Choosing the right Shrub or Climber

1a.
The Base -
Base of Wall Plants

1b.
Annuals

1c.
Herbs and Vegetables

1d.
Cut flowers, Cut Foliage

1e.
Scented flower or foliage

1f.
Foliage use only

 

2a. 1,2,3,4
The Prime - Wall Shrubs

2b.
Fruit trees

3a.
The Higher Reaches -
House-wall Ramblers

3b. 1,2
Non-House-Wall - Climbing Twiners

3c.
Non-House-Wall - Self-clinging Climbers

Raised Bed for Wheelchair Users

Plants for Wildlife-Use as well

Fastest Covering

Least protruding growth when fan-trained

1, 2
Evergreen

Use as
Hedge

Exposed Positions

Use as Groundcover

1,2
Ornam-ental Fruit

Scented Flowers

1, 2
Autumn Foliage Colour

Winter Bark

Winter and Early Spring Flowers

Summer Colour or Shape of Foliage

Edible Fruit

Needs Conservatory or Greenhouse

Large Pots and Containers

Cut Flowers

Attractive to Bees

Climber - Simple Flower Shape

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Stars

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Bowls, Cups and Saucers

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Globes, Goblets and Chalices

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Trumpets and Funnels

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Salverform

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Bells, Thimbles and Urns

 

Climber - Elaborated Flower Shape

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Tubes, Lips and Straps

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Slippers, Spurs and Lockets

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Hats, Hoods and Helmets

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Standards, Wings and Keels

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Disks and Florets

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Pin-cushions, Tufts, Petal-less and Cushions

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Umbels, Buttons and Pompoms


Gardening with Alpines by Stanley B. Whitehead. Garden Book Club. Published in 1962. It provides most of the data about the Alpines.

Essential Annuals The 100 Best for Design and Cultivation. Text by Elizabeth Murray. Photography by Derek Fell. ISBN 0-517-66177-2, provides data about annuals.

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Alpine - The Alpine Meadow with Winter- and Spring-Flowering Bulbs Page 2

Botanical Plant Name

with link to
UK or
European Union
mail-order supplier for you to contact to buy this plant

Flower Colour
and Background Colour nearest to main petal colour from 212 foliage colours /

followed by
Sun Aspect:- Full Sun,
Part Shade, Full Shade

with link to external website for photo/data

Flowering Months in UK

with link to
USA or
Canada
mail-order supplier

Height with Spacings or Width (W) in inches (cms)

1 inch =
2.5 cms
12 inches = 30 cms
40 inches = 100 cms

Foliage Colour

and Background Colour nearest to middle-aged leaf colour from 212 foliage colours /

followed by
Soil Moisture:-
Dry,
Moist,
Wet

with link to Australia or New Zealand mail-order supplier

Plant Type is:-

A for Aquatic
Ann for Annual / Biennial
Ba for Bamboo
Bu for Bulb
Cl for Climber
Co for Conifer
F for Fern
G for Grass
H for Herb
P for Perennial
Rh for Rhodo-dendron, Azalea, Camellia
Ro for Rose
Sh for Shrub
So for Soft Fruit
To for Top Fruit
Tr for Tree
V for Vegetable
W for Wildflower

followed by:-
E for Evergreen,
D for Deciduous,
H for Herbaceous,
Alpine for being an Alpine as well as being 1 of above Plant Type /

 
Acid for Acidic,
Alk for Alkaline,
Any for AnySoil
 

with link to
ALL PLANTS Index Gallery page

Comments

Adjacent Planting

Plant Associations

It is sad to reflect that in England so few gardens open to the public label their plants or label them so that the label is visible when that plant is in flower, so that visitors can identify; and then later locate and purchase that plant.

Few mail-order nurseries provide the detail as shown in my rose or heather galleries.

If you want to sell a product, it is best to display it. When I sold my Transit van, I removed its signage, cleaned it and took photos of the inside and outside before putting them onto an advert in Autotrader amongst more than 2000 other Transit vans - it was sold in 20 minutes.

If mail-order nurseries could put photos to the same complexity from start of the year to its end with the different foliage colours and stages of flowering on Wikimedia Commons, then the world could view the plant before buying it, and idiots like me would have valid material to work with.

I have been in the trade (until ill health forced my Sole Trader retirement in 2013) working in designing, constructing and maintaining private gardens for decades and since 2005 when this site was started, I have asked any nursery in the world to supply photos. R.V. Roger in Yorkshire allowed me to use his photos from his website in 2007 and when I got a camera to spend 5 days in July 2014 at my expense taking photos of his roses growing in his nursery field, whilst his staff was propagating them. I gave him a copy of those photos.

 

WINTER- AND SPRING-FLOWERING: Plant from September onward, but the earlier, the better..

Anemone apennina (Blue Anemone)

Supplier in UK
Supplier in The Netherlands - Our garden is situated in the woodlands. We’ve experimented with (stinzen) bulbs and gardening in shady conditions for more than 20 years on this site. ‘Shade-gardening’, as we like to call it, is a little-known historical and ecological form of gardening for under old trees and shrubs.

Our garden is open to the public every spring. It can be best described as a colourful array of spring-flowering bulbs set in woodland. Guided tours are given regularly. Here you can see our assortment of bulbs in their element. We’re at hand to give advice about how you can grow and care for the bulbs and shade-loving plants in your own garden. Bulbs (green-in-the-pot) and shade-loving plants are available to buy in the nursery.

Part Shade

Mar-Apr

8 x 6
(20 x 15)

Moist, well-drained soil

P H

Anemone apennina, 3 inches (7.5 cms) high, blue flower, with white flowered
Anemone apennina alba.

Anemone apennina, although native to the Apennine range of mountains in Italy, has been naturalised in Britain for centuries. It is happiest growing in partial shade and probably better than Anemone blanda for UK conditions Its feathery green foliage is overtopped by light blue flowers with many narrow deeply cut petals, standing up to 6" high. The fruiting heads are held erect, unlike A. blanda where they are pendant. The rhizomes get bigger every year and can be divided although they do not develop offsets. In good conditions, the plant will produce seeds.

Planting Instructions

Anemone apennina rhizomes should be planted horizontally about 2-3" (5-7.5cm) deep in small groups about 6" (15cm) apart, in a leaf-mould rich soil occupying a position where they will get a dry summer rest and be left to increase undisturbed.

In early spring it produces single blue flowers above ferny foliage, which dies down in summer. It is especially valued for its ability to colonise deciduous woodland.

 

There are other Anemone used as alpines in Rock Garden Plants Suitable for Small Gardens in Colour Wheel Gallery

 

There are other Anemone in Allium and Anemone Gallery

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Anemone apennina. By Giuseppe Cristiano via Wikimedia Commons.

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Anemone apennina at Dresden, Botanical Garden(Saxony, Germany) - white-flowered. By ‪Olei via Wikimedia Commons.

Anemone blanda (wood anemone bulbs)

Supplier in UK
Supplier in USA

Mixed Colours

Full Sun, Part Shade

Mar-Apr

 

well-drained, humus-rich soil (create humus-rich soil by leaving fallen leaves from woodland or shrubs to be taken into the soil by worms)

 

Anemone blanda, 3-4 inches (7.5-10 cms) high,
white and
pink varieties.

Soak the tubers overnight in cool water and plant them in naturalistic drifts (it doesn't matter which way up) 5cm deep and 15cm apart from September to November. Ideally you should choose a spot where they can be left undisturbed so they can naturalise and spread.

'Planting anemones for spring'

Posted in All Gardening Advice, Bulbs, September on 31st August 2011.

Delightful, daisy-like flowers from March to April and delicate fern-like foliage. These charming wood anemones are perfect for naturalising in a mixed border around the base of deciduous shrubs. For maximum impact plant in bold drifts 5-8cm (2-3in) deep in well-drained, humus-rich soil in September or October. Goes well with Blechnum spicant, Hosta 'Francee',
Tulipa 'Purissima' and Chionodoxa luciliae

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Anemone blanda at Dresden, Botanical Garden (Saxony, Germany). By Olaf Leillinger via Wikimedia Commons.

Chionodoxa luciliae (Chionodoxa gigantea, Bossier's glory-of-the-snow, Lucile's glory-of-the-snow)

Supplier in UK
Supplier in USA

After flowering, it goes into dormancy until the next spring. The Latin name is in honour of Lucile, the wife of the Swiss botanist Pierre Edmond Boissier.

Full Sun,
Part Shade

Mar-Apr

4-6 x 2
(10-15 x 5)

well-drained soil

Bu

Chionodoxa luciliae, 4 inches (10 cms) high, bright blue, white centre, multiplies easily.

Chionodoxa require next to no care. They die down a few weeks after blooming and disappear until next Spring - no untidy foliage to deal with. They readily propagate by self-seeding (will flower in 2-3 years) and bulblets. If you want to move or thin overcrowded clumps, do so just after the leaves wither.

Don't sweat the details too much, general rules of thumb are: space bulbs 2x their width apart and plant them 3x as deep as they are high. So don't worry if the kids (or you) are off by an inch here and there.

Use in borders, rock gardens, lawns , and under trees and shrubs.

 

DDD Foundation

The Dig Drop Done Foundation was founded to promote the joy of bulb gardening and ensure its future in North America. This diverse and committed group of companies has devoted its time, knowledge and financial support to educating consumers on the simple, surprising beauty that flowering bulbs bring to our lives.
Companion Planting:-

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Lucile's Glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa luciliae; syn. C. gigantea) flowers in my garden. By Jolán Dénes via Wikimedia Commons.

Chionodoxa luciliae rosea - Ilonas Garden has a lifelong passion for plants

Supplier in UK with 63 tips on bulbs
Supplier in USA with its tips

Part Shade

Mar(Late)-Apr(Early)

4 x 1-4W
(10 x 2.5-10)

Spacing 2 inches (5 cms)

Any, well-drained soil

Bu

Sand, Chalk

Chionodoxa luciliae rosea, 4 inches (10 cms) high, pink.

Please note they will benefit from a rich layer of mulch after planting. Chionodoxa luciliae pink - Glory of the snow spread over the years and form large colonies so they should be lifted, divided and replanted every 4 - 5 years.

Pale rose pink with white centre, around 5 plus flowers per stem; also know as Glory of the Snow these beautiful Bulbs are perfect for containers, front of border or under deciduous trees where they can get direct sunlight. Rabbit resistant.

 

Chionodoxa sardensis (lesser glory-of-the-snow)

Supplier in UK
Supplier in USA

Full Sun,
Part Shade

Mar (Late)

4 x
(10 x )

Any, well-drained soil

Bu

Chionodoxa sardensis, 4 inches (10 cms) high, rich gentian-blue with white centre. After flowering, it goes into dormancy until the next spring.

Great naturalizers in rock and woodland gardens or in lawns; 'shoes and socks' plant for larger daffodils, tulips and hyacinths.

 

Crocus ancyrensis (Golden Bunch, Ankara Crocus)

Supplier in UK
Supplier in USA

Orange/ Yellow

Full Sun,
Part Shade

Prefers Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade

Jan-Feb

3 x
(7.5 x )

Dry summer rest, prefers moist alkaline soil

Bu

Crocus ancyrensis, 2 inches (5 cms) high, orange-yellow, very early.

Use in pots and containers, beds and borders, lawns and verges. Bees love them. Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Easy to grow.

Full sun is best, especially in temperate zones, in order that it can have a hot dry summer dormancy, without which it might not naturalize. So too they may not naturalize without a sufficiently cold winter, as in an unseasonably warm winter they will be lovely midwinter bloomers the first year, but not apt to survive a second year without both a hot summer dormancy & cold winter dormancy.

There are other Crocus used as alpines in Rock Garden Plants Suitable for Small Gardens in Colour Wheel Gallery

There are other Crocus in Colchicum and Crocus Gallery

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Jardin botanique de l'Université de Zurich (Suisse) : Crocus ancyrensis G. Maw. By Travail personnel sous licences libres (voir ci-dessous), choisissez une licence : GFDL si le texte accompagnateur est sous GFDL, Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-3.0 pour tout texte sous une autre licence. Ces licences ne concernent que la photo. Application : mettre un lien vers cette page ou sinon la mention "GFDL Guerin Nicolas" ou "cc-by-sa-3.0 Guerin Nicolas" contre la photo. via Wikimedia Commons.

Crocus aureus (Crocus flavus, Crocus luteus, yellow crocus, dutch yellow crocus)

Supplier in UK of Crocus x luteus 'Golden Yellow'
Supplier in USA of Crocus x luteus 'Golden Yellow'

flavus means "pure yellow"

Full Sun

Feb-Mar

4 x 2W
(10 x 5)

gritty, poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil

Bu

Crocus aureus (Crocus flavus), 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cms) high, orange-yellow, February.

The colour of these flowers is a rich golden yellow. This is a strong- grower that is ideal for naturalising through lawns and meadows. Each bulb may produce up to 5 flowers, so you will usually get a very generous show too.
Plant bulbs in naturalistic drifts 10cm (4in) deep in September or October.

Crocus flavus naturalises well in the garden, and its cultivars are used as ornamental plants. The subspecies C. flavus subsp. flavus has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Goes well with
Iris 'Harmony',
Crocus 'Ruby Giant' and Narcissus 'Actaea'

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Crocus olivieri balansae (Orange Monarch)

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Orange-yellow flower usually marked with purplish brown

Feb-Mar

1-2 x
(2.5-5 x )

Cool moist winter.   Warm dryish summer rest.   (Probably best given winter protection in UK gardens)

 

Crocus balansae, 2 inches (5 cms) high, deep orange, long-lasting in flower.

 

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Crocus biflorus (Silvery Crocus)

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Pale mauve or white, often with darker stripes on the outer tepals.

 

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(5-7.5 x )

 

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Crocus biflorus, Scotch Crocus, 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cms) high, several varieties, all good, white, with purple-blue shading or feathering.

A cormous perennial herb which is naturalised in grassland and marshes and on roadside verges.

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Crocus biflorus. By Meneerke bloem via Wikimedia Commons.

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Crocus biflorus 'Prins Claus'. By ‪Epibase via Wikimedia Commons.

Crocus candidus sub-flavus

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Amber-yellow flowers, lightly dusted with greyish-brown speckles.

Feb-Mar

1.5-2.5 x
(4-7 x )

 

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Crocus candidus sub-flavus, 2 inches (5 cms) high, orange-yellow, tinged bronze

 

 

Crocus chrysanthus (Snow Crocus, Golden Crocus, Botanical Crocus)
'Blue Bird',
'Blue Pearl',
'Cream Beauty',
'E.A. Bowles',
'E.P. Bowles',
'Saturnus',
'Snow Bunting',
'Zwanenburg'

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Its common name, "snow crocus", derives from its exceptionally early flowering period, blooming about two weeks before the giant crocus, and often emerging through the snow in late winter or early spring. The Latin specific epithet chrysanthus means "golden-flowered".

Golden-yellow and its cultivars have other colours

Full Sun, Part Shade

Jan-Feb

3-4 x 2
(7.5-10 x 5)

Well-drained Chalk, Sand

Winter wet, summer dry

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Crocus chrysanthus, 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cms) high, many good varieties especially
'Blue Bird', white and greyish-blue,
'Blue Pearl', soft silvery-blue,
'Cream Beauty', creamy yellow,
'E.A. Bowles', butter-yellow, bronzy throat,
'E.P. Bowles', yellow-ochre, tinged grey,
'Saturnus', bright yellow,
'Snow Bunting', white, golden throat, feathered purple,
'Zwanenburg', gold and bronze,
all flowering Feb-Mar

 

Wild Habitat of Short grassland, scrub and thin woods.
Use in beds, borders,Patio Pots and other containers - window boxes, hanging baskets, internal kitchen widow-cill pots

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Crocuses provide an excellent and important source of early pollen for honeybees in particular.

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Deutsch: Kleiner Krokus (Crocus chrysanthus) an der Saar in Saarbrücken. By AnRo0002 via Wikimedia Commons.

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Crocus chrysanthus 'Blue Pearl' - close-up. By Meneerke bloem via Wikimedia Commons.

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Crocus chrysanthus 'Cream Beauty'. By Meneerke bloem via Wikimedia Commons.

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English: Crocus chrysanthus 'E.A. Bowles'

Ελληνικά: Κρόκος ή Σαφράν(ι) Ποικιλία Crocus "E.A. Bowles". The original uploader was Ramin Nakisa at English Wikipedia via Wikimedia Commons.

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Crocus chrysanthus 'Saturnus'. By Ghislain118 via Wikimedia Commons.

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Crocus chrysanthus 'Snowbunting'. By Meneerke bloem via Wikimedia Commons.

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Crocus chrysanthus 'Zwanenburg Bronze'. By Ghislain118 via Wikimedia Commons.

Crocus dalmaticus

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Flower shades of lilac, often with variously marked yellowish outer petals.

Feb-Mar

 

Cool moist winter, warm drier summer. (Does not want excessive drying in summer.   Commercial form is grown outside in some UK gardens)

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Crocus dalmaticus, 2 inches (5 cms) high, pale lavender blue

Easily grown in the rock garden or raised beds.
Wild Habitat is Grassy places and scrub, over limestone.

"Grow Crocus in Pots in your greenhouse, so that you can admire them on your kitchen windosill or on your dining-room tablethere during winter and bring the ones in flower into the house for an evening before returnng them the following morning." - article from Grows on You:-
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Crocus dalmaticus at a Crocus exhibition in the greenhouses at Gothenburg Botanical Garden the spring 2016. By Averater via Wikimedia Commons.

Crocus etruscus (Tuscan Crocus)

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Lilac flowers with purple veining and prominent orange stigmas

Full Sun,
Part Shade

Feb-Mar

 

 

Bu

Crocus etruscus, 2 inches (5 cms) high, lavender-blue,

For mass planting and naturalizing, species such as C. angustifolius, C. etruscus, C. korolkowii, C. × luteus, and C. tommasinianus equal or surpass the common garden hybrids.

Northwestern Italy, in deciduous woods and grassland up to 600m.

 

Crocus etruscus 'Zwanenburg'

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'Zwanenburg' is a perennial corm with flowers appearing before the leaves. Flowers lilac-blue, the outsides washed silver or biscuit-brown with faint purple veining

Full Sun

Feb-Early Mar

3 x 2W
(8 x 5)

Well-drained Chalk, Sand - Grow in a gritty, poor to moderately fertile soil

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Crocus etruscus 'Zwanenburg', 2 inches (5 cms) high, best in variety.
"Pollinated by bumblebees, moths, & beetles, it will inevitably self-seed, besides producing offsets, increasing in numbers year by year. Its third year, when I cleared away some invading grass, I found two half-sized corms buried in grass upon the surface of the ground, complete with roots & sprouts. So I poked two thumb-deep holes in the 'Zwanenburg' drift & dropped the cormlets therein." from Paghat the Ratgirl.

Use on banks, slopes, beds near the coast, gravel garden, rock garden or in pots

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Crocus etruscus 'Zwanenburg'. By Meneerke bloem via Wikimedia Commons.

Crocus imperatii

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Fragrant purple flowers in late winter and early spring, the outer tepals externally buff, striped with purple, the throat yellow

Full Sun

Feb-Mar

4 x 4
(10 x 10)

Well-drained Chalk, Sand - Grow in a gritty, poor to moderately fertile soil

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Crocus imperatii, 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cms) high, lilac, striped purple.

Dormancy: Most of the bulbs White Flower Farm in America offer go dormant within about 8–12 weeks after flowering. The period between the end of flowering and the withering of the foliage is crucial to the future vigor of the plant. If you cut, fold, or braid the leaves before they have yellowed and collapsed, you may prevent the bulb from storing the energy required to bloom the following year. You can hide curing foliage by interplanting bulbs with leafy perennials or with annuals or ground covers. If you plant bulbs in a lawn, do not mow the grass until the bulb foliage begins to yellow.

Use in flower beds and borders, gravel garden, rock garden, Patio pots and Window Boxes.

Creates quite a stunning show planted in great sweeps in the lawn.

White Flower Farm in America does not recommend using bone meal. It contains only one primary nutrient (phosphorus) and attracts dogs and rodents, which may dig up the bulbs. Please note that the first spring after planting, most bulbs (particularly those imported from cool-summer climates such as those of Holland and England) bloom later than established bulbs of the same variety. This is not unusual. In subsequent years, they will bloom at the appointed time.

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Crocus imperati 'De Jager' group. By Meneerke bloem via Wikimedia Commons.

Crocus korolkowii

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Scented golden-yellow, bronze outside

Feb-Mar

 

Cold hardiness is no problem but a drying-off period during the summer is a requirement best met by pot or bulb-frame culture - in the open garden, a warm, sunny spot on the rock garden gives acceptable results. Said to prefer a slightly acidic, rich clayey soil but grows well for me in a normal 1:1:1 mix of Loam, Gritty sand and general purpose compost.

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Crocus korolkowii, 3 inches (7.5 cms) high, golden-yellow, bronze outside

 

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Crocus korolkowii at a Crocus exhibition in the greenhouses at Gothenburg Botanical Garden the spring 2016. By Averater via Wikimedia Commons.

Crocus minimus (pygmy crocus)

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Dark feathering up the backs of the lilac purple petals

Full Sun

Mar

3 x 4W
7.5 x 10)

Wild Habitat is Stony and sandy situations, in grass of scrub

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Crocus minimus, 2 inches (5 cms) high, light violet, outside buff, purple feathered

Crocus minimus Bavella will be best in a raised bed or similar in the sun would be ideal. Crocus minimus 'Bavella' - this dark flowered form of Crocus minimus was introduced into cultivation by Alan Edwards who discovered it on the Col de Bavella in Corsica.   A few corms were collected and fortunately the plant breeds true from seed which is freely produced in cultivation.

Easily grown and flowering late enough to miss the worst of the winter weather, Crocus minimus will tolerate a well-drained, sunny position in the garden.   It is also excellent for the rock garden, raised beds and troughs.   Given optimum conditions it will increase readily by corm division.

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Crocus minimus - close-up. By Meneerke bloem via Wikimedia Commons.

Crocus sieberi (Sieber's Crocus, Crocus sibiricus, Crocus sibthorpianus, Crocus atticus, Crocus nivalis, Crocus sublimis) 'Hubert Edelstein' 'Violet Queen'

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Fragrant Pale lilac with yellow thoat

Full Sun,
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade

Feb-Mar

4 x 2
(10 x 5)

Habitat: of Rocky slopes and in grass; at altitudes of 1,500 to 2,700 m.

Well-drained Sand or Chalk

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Crocus sieberi, 3 inches (7.5 cms) high, delicate blue, golden throat, with varieties
'Hubert Edelstein', deep purple and white; and
'Violet Queen', rounded violet-blue

Use in beds, borders, rock garden, patio pots and window boxes.
Spectacular in large sweeping drifts. For optimal effect, 100-150 corms should be planted. If used in lawns, however, the grass may not be mowed until 6 weeks after the crocuses have bloomed. If mowed earlier than this, the newly forming cormlets (developing on top of the mother corm) will not become large enough to flower next year.

 

Crocus x stellaris (Crocus 'Stellaris', Yellow Crocus)

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Recorded in the wildlife of Leicestershire and Rutland, England

Bright golden yellow flowers with bold purple-black stripes and yellow filaments

Full Sun

Jan-Apr

 

Well-drained Sand, Chalk

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Crocus stellaris, 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cms), orange with dark bronze lines

Use in wildflower garden, gravel garden, rock garden, Patrio pots and window boxes.

A sturdy Crocus that will naturalise in grass.

It is often long-lived when discarded into suitable habitats, where it spreads vegetatively.

Crocus Corms are vulnerable to mice, voles and squirrels - see Pest/Disease Control in Companion Planting for how to use plants to control pests.

Most insects have disappeared by November but one possible late sighting is the Ivy Bee, Colletes hederae. Though not yet seen in Leicestershire or Rutland it has been moving northwards so a species to look out for on late-flowering Ivy. View the info sheet.

Crocus susianus (Cloth-of-Gold Crocus, Crocus angustifolius),
minor

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Scented, bright deep yellow flowers, strongly feathered with dark mahogany on the outside

Full Sun

Sep-Mar

2 x 2W
(5 x 5)

Well-drained Sand, Chalk.

Prefers to be on the dry side during dormancy

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Crocus susianus, 2 inches (5 cms) high, deep golden-yellow mahogany-bronze outside. Variety
minor grows more upright, flowers a richer yellow and a little later

Use in wildflower garden, gravel garden, rock garden, Patrio pots and window boxes.

Plants are ideal for rock gardens and for slight forcing in bowls for an early indoor display.

 

Crocus tomasinianus,
'Whitewell Purple',
'Barrs Purple',
'Taplow Ruby'

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Crocus tomasinianus, 3 inches (7.5 cms) high, pale lavender and silver-grey, seeds freely. Varieties
'Whitewell Purple',
'Barrs Purple' and
'Taplow Ruby' are considered safer and deeper coloured.

Few genera of early-blooming plants present such a wealth of possibilities for the rock garden and other smaller garden niches. Give them well-drained soil and a reasonable amount of sunlight, and they will reward you with years of beauty. Their only significant drawback is that squirrels and a few other varmints consider their corms a delicacy. Deeply planted corms (5 or 6 inches - 12.5-15 cms) often escape herbivory. If even deep-seated corms are plundered, consider using C. tommasinianus (in our experience the most pest-resistant species) or providing some protection.

If you have an abundance of squirrels, then dig a trench lay the corms in the soil cover the corms with a little soil, then put a sheet of chicken wire over the top before replacing the remaining 75% of topsoil - see Pest/Disease Control in Companion Planting for how to use plants to control other pests.

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• Deutsch: Elfenkrokus (Crocus tommasinianus), Chemnitz, Deutschland

• English: Woodland crocus (Crocus tommasinianus), Chemnitz, Germany.

By Jörg Hempel via Wikimedia Commons.

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Crocus tommasinianus 'Barr's Purple'. By Meneerke bloem via Wikimedia Commons.

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Crocus tommasinianus 'Whitewell Purple'. By Ghislain118 via Wikimedia Commons.

Crocus vernus 'Haarlem Gem' (Giant Dutch Crocus)

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Deep Purple

Full Sun

Feb-Apr

 

 

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Crocus vernus 'Haarlem Gem', 3-4 inches (7.5-10 cms) high, lilac-blue

Will naturalize. Easy even in dry shade.

 

Crocus versicolor picturatus 'Cloth of Silver'

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Brilliant white flowers painted with purple veins

Full Sun,
Part Shade

Mar-Apr

 

Gritty, well drained soil. Will tolerate most soil types.

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Crocus versicolor picturatus 'Cloth of Silver', 3 inches (7.5 cms) high, white with purple feathering

The crocus flowers are usually borne singly and have three inner and three outer segments which create a globular appearance. During dull weather and at night they stay closed up to protect their nectar for butterflies and bees which visit on sunny days. If left undisturbed, crocus increase rapidly creating a carpet of radiant colours from self-sown seed as well as the natural multiplying of the bulb. 

 

Galanthus elwesii (Snowdrop)

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Their name comes from the Greek words 'gala', meaning milk, and 'anthos', meaning flower.

White with green markings

Part Shade

This choice snowdrop loves to shelter in dappled shade at the base of trees and shrubs, but looks equally at home in an alpine garden, or naturalised in grass.

Jan-Mar

8 x 2
(20 x 5)

Moderately-fertile, moist but well-drained alkaline to neutral soil. Snowdrops dislike acid soils.

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Galanthus elwesii, large-flowered Snowdrop, 4-6 inches (10-15 cms) high. White and green flowers.

Robust and tolerant of most soil types, wild snowdrops are commonly found on wooded upland and rocky outcrops throughout Europe and Western Asia.

Plants will seed readily, but tend to hybridise. To redistribute true to name, every 2-3 years lift and divide 'in the green' after flowering from March to May. Replant bulbs and take care to water in well.

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A direct scan, which I made myself, from a bulb of a (fairly small) example of Galanthus elwesii.

This scan is in the Public Domain. If you use it outside Wikipedia, a credit (Simon Garbutt) would be appreciated. SiGarb 21:32, 28 March 2006 (UTC), via Wikimedia Commons.

Iris danfordiae

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Full Sun,
Part Shade

Feb-Mar

6 x 4
(15 x 10)

Well-drained, moderately fertile soil

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Iris danfordiae, 3 inches (7.5 cms) high, bright sulphur-yellow flowers, early

Use in pots during the winter and beds on slopes.

Plant 10cm (4in) deep in naturalistic drifts in September or October in a well-drained, sunny site. Feed with a potash-rich fertiliser as soon as the buds appear.

 

There are other Iris used as alpines in Rock Garden Plants Suitable for Small Gardens in Colour Wheel Gallery

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Iris danfordiae in garden in Cambridge UK, February 2004. By Keith Edkins via Wikimedia Commons.

Iris reticulata (Early bulbous iris)

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Fragrant Violet flowers with yellow and white markings

Full Sun,
Part Shade

Mar-Apr

6 x 4
(15 x 10)

Requires a sunny site with well-drained neutral or slightly alkaline soil.
They do better with a warm, dry summer rest.
Plant 4" apart and 3" deep.

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Iris reticulata, 6 inches (15 cms) high,
purple-blue, royal blue, pale blue and dark violet varieties available

Plant dwarf iris 'Reticulata' mixed with crocus, snowdrops, and grape hyacinth and enjoy an early explosion of spring color.
They bloom after snowdrops and about the same time as giant crocuses. Multiply rapidly, excellent for rock gardens.
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant,
Good as Cut Flowers.

Ideally suited to pots or planters.

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Iris reticulata. By ‪Rasbak via Wikimedia Commons.

Leucojum vernum (Spring Snowflake. Snowflake is a Member of of the Wildflower Family Daffodil)

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The scientific name means ‘spring white violet’ (Leucojum means ‘white violet’ and vernum means ‘spring’).

All parts of the plant are poisonous, especially the bulbs.

White with a green or yellow spot just below the thickened apex (apex is the apical meristem or its remnant on a flower).

Flowers pollinated by bees.

Full Sun

Feb-Apr

12 x 4
(30 x 10)

Plant bulbs in autumn 10cm deep and 8 - 10 apart. Allow the plant to die back completely before clearing away the foliage.

Reliably moist but well-drained soil.

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Leucojum vernum, 4 inches (10 cms) high, white, green tipped nodding flowers.

Spring snowflakes can be seen growing in the Woodland Garden (situated around the Temple of Aeolus) at Kew from February to April.

Habitat: 
Damp woods, thickets, hedge banks and meadows; usually in hilly areas and on calcareous soils.

Like Leucojum aestivum (summer snowflake), Leucojum vernum is an attractive ornamental and grows well in damp grassland or woodland situations, where it can become naturalised. Both species tolerate waterlogged soils, and can be planted to good effect on the margins of ponds or alongside streams in the wilder parts of a garden.

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Śnieżyca wiosenna (Leucojum vernum). By Roweromaniak via Wikimedia Commons.

Other photos.

Muscari (Grape Hyacinth)

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Muscari, Grape Hyacinths, are apt to seed too freely and leaves are in evidence a long time.

Very useful for children to plant themselves

There are other Muscari used as alpines in Rock Garden Plants Suitable for Small Gardens in Colour Wheel Gallery

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Muscari armeniacum (pl. szafirek armeński). By Opioła Jerzy (Poland), via Wikimedia Commons

Muscari armeniacum

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Fragrant Blue flowers with a thin white rim on each bell.

Full Sun,
Part Shade

Apr

Blooms for 4 weeks or more

6 x 4
(15 x 10)

Plant 4 inches apart and 3 inches deep in groups or drifts. Likes well-drained soil in full sun to part shade.

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Muscari, Grape Hyacinths, are apt to seed too freely and leaves are in evidence a long time.
Muscari armeniacum, 6 inches (15 cms) high, deep blue, white-rimmed flowers, is good

Excellent for cutting. Use in pots or forcing - Making a plant flower at a predetermined time or under artificially imposed conditions is called forcing. Hardy bulbs are particularly suited for forcing indoors and offer a succession of color throughout the winter and spring months.

Muscari are great for borders, rock gardens, naturalizing, and planting with tulips or daffodils. Spectacular drifts of color when planted en masse.

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English: Muscari armeniacum

Polski: Szafirek armeński

Deutsch: Armenische Traubenhyazinthe

Čeština: Modřenec arménský

Hornjoserbsce: Armenska kitelnička

Svenska: Armenisk pärlhyacint. By ‪Fizykaa via Wikimedia Commons.

Muscari botryoides album

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Heavily scented Dense spikes of ivory pearl-like flowers

Full Sun,
Part Shade

Apr

Blooms for 4 weeks or more

6 x 4
(15 x 10)

Plant 4 inches apart and 3 inches deep in groups or drifts. Likes well-drained soil in full sun to part shade.

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Muscari, Grape Hyacinths, are apt to seed too freely and leaves are in evidence a long time.
Muscari botryoides album, 4 inches (10 cms) high, is good

Muscari are great for borders, rock gardens, naturalizing, and planting with tulips or daffodils. Spectacular drifts of color when planted en masse. Use in pots or forcing.

Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant

All Muscari do well in the drier, sunny conditions provided under deciduous shrubs in spring, with dry summer shade, but also make delightful subjects for mixed spring containers.

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Muscari botryoides cv. Album. By ‪Aha~commonswiki via Wikimedia Commons.

Muscari latifolium (Broad-leaved grape hyacinth)

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Two-tone flowers: bright blue on top half of spike, deep grape-purple below

Full Sun,
Part Shade

Apr-May

Blooms for 4 weeks or more

12-15 x 4
(30-37.5 x 10)

Plant 4 inches apart and 3 inches deep in groups or drifts. Likes well-drained soil in full sun to part shade.

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Muscari, Grape Hyacinths, are apt to seed too freely and leaves are in evidence a long time.
Muscari latifolium, 8 inches (20 cms) high, pale and dark blue, is good

Muscari are great for borders in a small group, rock gardens, naturalizing, and planting with tulips or daffodils. Spectacular drifts of color when planted en masse alongside miniature Narcissus (see Harts Nursery Care and Planting Guide) for a real colour contrast.

 

Muscari tubergenianum

Although 'Mount Hood' grape hyacinth is randomly listed as either Muscari armeniacum or M. aucheri, the Royal Horticultural Society plant database has tentatively settled on it being M. aucheri. It is more rarely listed as M. tubergenianum, which is an outdated synonym for M. aucheri.

 

 

 

 

 

Muscari, Grape Hyacinths, are apt to seed too freely and leaves are in evidence a long time.
Muscari tubergenianum, 6 inches (15 cms) high, pale and dark blue, is good

 

 

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Visitors to the mountains of Switzerland and other alpine regions will know the delight of coming upon the glowing kaleidoscopic colour of an alpine meadow be-jewelled with flowering alpine in full bloom.
Reduced to garden context the alpine meadow becomes a lawn formed of dwarf, creeping or squat carpeting plants, which flower in due season and yet have the inestimable virtue of requiring no regular mowing.
It can be made as a separate and distinctive feature on its own:-

  • it makes a happy solution to the problem of clothing a small area that does not warrant grass and the expenditure on a lawn mower.
  • when a lawn is up to a house wall, your boundary fence, log roll fencing or surrounding a tree. Then, it is very difficult to cut all the grass adjacent to that fixed object. Replace a 6 inch (15 cms) width from that object to the lawn with an alpine meadow, and then mowing that adjacent lawn becomes much easier.
  • area under and adjacent to a picket fence, a post and rail fence or footpath demarcation where the lawn or the flower bed can be replaced by the alpine meadow.

But with equal facility, it can be adapted to quite large areas, becoming pleasant to walk upon and durable enough for most garden lawn purposes as an ornamental feature.
But the alpine meadow, like its natural counterpart, associates most beautifully with rock. It can be used to carpet a plateau within the rock garden or to clothe ground between related outcrops of rock. It is also the ideal way of merging a rock garden into the greater garden design and scene. In some instances, it may be necessary for want of space to confine the rock garden to its allotted space by placing a flagged or gravel path around its front edges. A better way is, where space allows, to let the foothills of the rock garden run out into an alpine meadow.
The site needs as careful preparation as the rock garden itself. Drainage must be excellent, and the ground dug and amended with grit, coarse sand and peat to give a free-draining rooting medium. Particulat attention should be given to the removal of every scrap of perennial weeds and their roots, especially the pernicious and invasive couch grass, bindweed, ground elder, oxalis, speedwells and thistles.
The soil should then be firmed well by walking on it with the heels, raking and tamping it down. On the heavier soils, it is well worth spreading an inch or 2 (2.5-5 cms) of coarse sand over the area. The next step is to put down stone flags as stepping-stones to give access to the rock garden and where there will be much wear. They should be spaced at easy stride distances, large enough to take both feet, and set almost flush with the soil surface. Their shape is not very material for their edges will soon be blurred by creeping plants, but they should harmonize with the stone used in the rock garden.

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The Propagation of Alpines by Lawrence D. Hills. Published in 1950 by Faber and Faber Limited describes every method of propagation for 2,500 species.

Unlike modern books published since 1980, this one states exactly what to do and is precisely what you require if you want to increase your alpines.


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Carrots love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening by Louise Riotte Second Edition (Storey Publishing 1998) ISBN-13: 978-1-58017-027-7

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