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Hyacinthus orientalis

Scientific name: Hyacinthus orientalis Family: ASPARAGACEAE Common names: “Hyacinth” Plant Type: Bulb Conditions: Zone: 3-7 Light: Full sun Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Organically rich, fertile soils Moisture: Moist well drained, avoid excessive winter wet Aesthetic: Plant Size: 8-12″ H & W Leaf and Stem shape: Glossy, broadly strap-shaped leaves Flower: Highly fragrant flowers with recurved petals in all… Continue reading Hyacinthus orientalis

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Muscari armeniacum

Scientific name: Muscari armeniacum Synonym: Muscari colchicum, Muscari cyaneo-violaceum, Muscari polyanthum, Muscari steupii, Muscari svovitzianum, Muscari szovitsianum Family: ASPARAGACEAE Common names: “Armenian grape hyacinth” “blue bells” Plant Type: Bulb Conditions: Zone: 4-8 Light: Full sun – part shade Exposure: Exposed or Sheltered Soil: Average, handles clay Moisture: Moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 6-9″ W 3-6″ Leaf and Stem shape: Narrow, arching… Continue reading Muscari armeniacum

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Allium schoenoprasm

Scientific name: Allium schoenoprasm Synonym: Allium alpinum, Allium buhseanum, Allium gredense, Allium montanum, Allium oliganthum, Allium purpurascens, Allium raddeanum, Allium schmitzii var. duriminium Family: ALLIACEAE Common names: “Chives” “cive” “onion grass” “schnittlaugh” “seithes” “seives” Plant Type: Bulb Conditions: Zone: 4-8 Light: Full sun – part shade Exposure: Exposed or sheltered Soil: Sandy loam with added grit if clayey Moisture: Moist well drained, handles some… Continue reading Allium schoenoprasm

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Crocus sativus

Scientific name: Crocus sativus Synonym: Crocus sativus var. cashmirianus Family: IRIDACEAE Common names: “Saffron crocus” “blood of Thoth” “St Valentine’s rose” Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial corm Conditions: Zone: 5-8 Light: Full sun Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Sandy loam, doesn’t like clay Moisture: Well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: 6″ H & W Leaf and Stem shape: Linear leaves usually with a… Continue reading Crocus sativus

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Allium cernuum

Scientific name: Allium cernuum Family: AMARYLLIDACEAE, previously LILIACEAE Common names: “Nodding onion” “walking onion” “ladies leek” Plant Type: Bulb, herbaceous Conditions: Zone: 3-8 Light: Full sun Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Average sandy, rocky Moisture: Well drained, drought tolerant, no irrigation Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 6-12″ W 3-6″ Leaf and Stem shape: Linear, strap-shaped  leaves with a strong onion scent Flower:… Continue reading Allium cernuum

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Nerine bowdenii

Scientific name: Nerine bowdenii Family: AMARYLLIDACEAE Common names: “Bowden lily” Plant Type: Bulb Conditions: Zone: 7-10 Light: Full sun Exposure: Sheltered, protect from cold Soil: Any moderately fertile soil Moisture: Evenly moist well drained during growing season, best dry in summer Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 18-24″ W 6″ Leaf and Stem shape: Strap-shaped rich green leaves Flower: Erect… Continue reading Nerine bowdenii

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Cypella herbertii

Scientific name: Cypella herbertii Family: IRIDACEAE Common names: “Goblet flower” Plant Type: Bulb Conditions: Zone: 9-10 Light: Full sun Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Sandy humus rich Moisture: Well drained with average moisture Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 20″ W Leaf and Stem shape: Small iris like lance shaped leaves Flower: Curious 6-petaled mustard yellow flowers, each lasting 1 day only… Continue reading Cypella herbertii