Bulbs

Lily – Spider

Hymenocallis is a wonderful genus of bulbous amaryllids…native mostly to the US, Mexico, and Central America. Hymenocallis (spider lilies) are an easy-to-grow moisture-lover that are a reliable perennial wildflower in the garden. Spider lilies are a tough, low maintenance plant which makes it perfect for rain gardens. In the wild many Hymenocallis (spider lilies) often grow in or near water …

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Poppy – Icelandic

The Iceland Poppy is a boreal flowering plant. It is native to subpolar regions of Europe, Asia and North America, and the mountains of Central Asia, but not in Iceland!!!   Iceland poppies are hardy but short-lived perennials, often grown as biennials, that yield large, papery, bowl-shaped, lightly fragrant flowers supported by hairy, one foot, curved stems among feathery blue-green …

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Poppy – Danish Flag

The Danish flag poppy is a beautiful flower. Early in spring, I bought a 4-inch port with small leaves and a promise of a poppy that looks like the Danish flag. Many weeks later, this plant is getting taller and taller and the leaves are larger and larger. I had lost the plant tag so I did not even know …

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Columbine

Canadian Columbine, Wild Columbine Aquilegia canadensis     Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info) Genus: Aquilegia (a-kwi-LEE-jee-a) (Info) Species: canadensis (ka-na-DEN-sis) (Info)   Category: Perennials   Height: 12-18 in. (30-45 cm)   Spacing: 9-12 in. (22-30 cm)   Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 …

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Freesia

Freesia is a fragrant pretty spring corm that naturalizes so it comes back year after year. I plant them at the bases of the fruit trees and in containers to provide some of the first blooms and scents of spring.

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Ixia

Ixia are grown from corms native to South Africa (which has the same Mediterranean climate as California). They have grass-like leaves and stellar flowers of blue, purple, red or white. They come into bloom from spring into summer. Some of the common names for Ixia are Corn lily, African Iris, Wand flower, and African Corn lily. They make excellent cut …

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