Garden Design

Episode 94: Bulbs On Our Shopping List

Fall is a wonderful time of year for gardeners for so many reasons. It finally cools down so you can actually weed and prune without breaking a sweat. Many of us get to experience the color change of many perennials and woodies as the temps start to drop. And, of course, this is the time of year that we get to start shopping for fall bulbs. If you are one of those people who always kicks yourself in spring for not planting enough—or any—fall bulbs, you’re not alone. This year we’re here to inspire you to get out those catalogs and computers and seek out some truly unique options. We’re celebrating a new season and the introduction of a new cohost on this episode, so join us to find out about a crocus that looks like a monarch butterfly and an iris that is bluer than any sapphire.

Expert testimony: Joseph Tychonievich, horticulturist, frequent Fine Gardening contributor, and author of, Rock Gardening:  Reimagining a Classic Style.

 

Carol’s Plants

‘Cheerfulness’ and ‘Yellow Cheerfulness’ daffodil (credit: Van Engelen and John Scheepers Beauty from Bulbs)
‘Cheerfulness’ and ‘Yellow Cheerfulness’ daffodil (credit: Van Engelen and John Scheepers Beauty from Bulbs)

‘Cheerfulness’ and ‘Yellow Cheerfulness’ daffodil (Narcissus ‘Cheerfulness’ and ‘Yellow Cheerfulness’, Zones 4-8)

Candia tulip (credit: Van Engelen and John Scheepers Beauty from Bulbs)
Candia tulip (credit: Van Engelen and John Scheepers Beauty from Bulbs)

Candia tulip (Tulipa saxatilis, Zones 5-10)

‘Pickwick’ crocus (credit: Van Engelen and John Scheepers Beauty from Bulbs)
‘Pickwick’ crocus (credit: Van Engelen and John Scheepers Beauty from Bulbs)

‘Pickwick’ crocus (Crocus vernus ‘Pickwick’, Zones 3-9)

Shades-of-Blue reticulated iris mixture (credit: Van Engelen and John Scheepers Beauty from Bulbs)
Shades-of-Blue reticulated iris mixture (credit: Van Engelen and John Scheepers Beauty from Bulbs)

Shades-of-Blue reticulated iris mixture (Iris reticulata cvs., Zones 5-9)

 

Danielle’s Plants

'Unicum' tulip
‘Unicum’ tulip

‘Unicum’ tulip (Tulipa praestans ‘Unicum’, Zones 3-8)

Climbing lily
Climbing lily

Climbing lily (Gloriosa superba, Zones 8-10)

Turkistan onion
Turkistan onion

Turkistan onion (Allium karataviense, Zones 4-8)

‘Orange Monarch’ crocus (credit: Van Engelen and John Scheepers Beauty from Bulbs)
‘Orange Monarch’ crocus (credit: Van Engelen and John Scheepers Beauty from Bulbs)

‘Orange Monarch’ crocus (Crocus chrysanthus ‘Orange Monarch’, Zones 3-9)

Expert’s Plants

Joseph Tychonievich, horticulturist, frequent Fine Gardening contributor, and author of, Rock Gardening:  Reimagining a Classic Style.

'Ruby Giant' snow crocus (credit: Joseph Tychonievich)
‘Ruby Giant’ snow crocus (credit: Joseph Tychonievich)

‘Ruby Giant’ snow crocus (Crocus tommasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’, Zones 3-8)

'Bright Gem' tulip (credit: Joseph Tychonievich)
‘Bright Gem’ tulip (credit: Joseph Tychonievich)

‘Bright Gem’ tulip (Tulipa batalinii ‘Bright Gem’, Zones 4-7)

'Moonlight Sensation' daffodil (credit: Joseph Tychonievich)
‘Moonlight Sensation’ daffodil (credit: Joseph Tychonievich)

‘Moonlight Sensation’ daffodil (Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’, Zones 4-9)

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