Fall is officially here and if you haven’t already ordered your spring-blooming bulbs, now is the time! Read on to learn about some of this year’s new varieties, mixes and bulk buys.
Peachy Hues Are IN
If your taste in flowers leans toward soft, warm hues such as apricot, coral, salmon and peach, you’ll find a wealth of spring bulbs to choose from. New this year are two tulip varieties that extend this color palette in different directions.
Tulip Apricona is an early-blooming Triumph tulip that’s at first glance looks more pink than peach. The blossoms are a cool pink on the outside, but inside they are warm, salmon pink. These tulips stand just 12-14″ tall, so they are ideal for the front of a flower border or for growing in containers.
Apricot Foxx is another Triumph tulip that bridges two colors, in this case from peach to yellow. The flower color also changes over time in response to temperature and sunlight. Apricot Foxx’s petals can run from dusky rose to apricot-coral and butterscotch. Color-changing tulips like this one are fun to grow because they look a little different each day. Others to consider include Artist, Foxtrot and Charming Beauty.
You can also find peachy hues in the daffodil world. This year we are offering Cum Laude, a split cup daffodil with snow white outer petals and a frilly cup that is a beautiful combination of buttery yellow, peach and apricot. Floral designers and flower farmers are big fans of split cup daffodils because they bring a casual, romantic charm to spring arrangements. They’ll do the same thing in your garden!
Everyone Loves Purple
In April and May, everyone is hungry for color. The more the better. It’s hard to beat tulips for intense, saturated color in almost every hue imaginable. And they do it especially well with purple. Purple flowers flatter other flower colors can inspire lots of gorgeous color combinations (learn more in this article on our website: How to Use Purple in Your Flower Garden.)
For spring 2021 we have added a double form of Negrita, our most popular purple tulip. Negrita Double gives you three times more purple petals per blossom. Double late tulips are also known as peony tulips because the flowers are so large and plush. The color of Negrita Double is a rich, dark purple. The flowers stand about 15″ tall, have a light fragrance and look gorgeous in a vase.
Our tulip mixes are always popular for gardens and landscaping. A consistent favorite is the Purple Lady Mix. What makes this blend work so well is an unexpected combination of pastel pink, peach and lavender with deeper tones of rose and burgundy. This year we are offering a Purple Lady Mix Bulk Buy, so you plant generously and create a big splash of color in your yard or garden. 100 bulbs are just $40.
Daffodils With a Difference
This fall, we have added six new daffodils to our assortment. In addition to Cum Laude, we selected a second split cup daffodil named Papillon Blanc. This heirloom variety holds an Award of Merit from Holland’s Royal General Bulbgrowers’ Association. The blossoms have bright white outer petals and heavily ruffled cups that are pale yellow with a hint of pink. Bloom time is mid to late spring.
This year we are pleased to be offering Yellow Cheerfulness as well as Cheerfulness. Both of these heirloom daffodils produce clusters of walnut-sized, intensely fragrant, double flowers. They are known for their heat tolerance, so usually perform well even in warmer areas. Bloom time is at the end of daffodil season. Yellow Cheerfulness (AKA Primrose Cheerfulness) is pale yellow (quite a bit softer than it appears in the photo above).
In response to a growing demand for pink-cupped daffodils, we have also added a Daffodil Pink Mix. You’ll receive a wide range of different flower styles, including small cups, large cups, split cups and doubles, all with apricot-pink centers. This is a great mix for cutting gardens. Also good for landscaping — beautiful growing at the base of lilacs and flowering fruit trees.
We Have New Ranunculus, Too!
If you are lucky enough to live in a climate with warm winters (hardiness zones 8-11) or if you have a greenhouse for cold protection, fall is the time for planting ranunculus. Ranunculus corms that are planted in the fall grow right through the winter and bloom in very early spring — before temperatures begin to rise (ranunculus will not flower in hot weather). If you are in a colder climate (zones 4-7), the time to plant ranunculus is early spring. Learn more here: All About Ranunculus.
In addition to our regular selection of ranunculus, we now offer two fabulous Tecolote ranunculus varieties: Merlot and Salmon. They will give you extra-large flowers and more than twice as many petals as other types.
All of our new spring-blooming bulbs are available HERE. Happy planting!