The following Crocus vary in flowering time from July until early September. We have planted them under perennials such as Salvia nemorosa and Origanum cultivars which are cut to the ground during late autumn. All the following are easy to accomodate and have the same cultivation needs. Plant the bulbs in a sunny spot about 5cm. below soil level in well drained soil. They probably will not be happy close to the coast nor in subtropical areas.
The cultivars of this species are amongst the most handsome of all Crocus. They are also very long flowering giving a good month’s display here at Lambley. Earlier flowering than the Dutch bred C. vernus hybrids they have a more pleasing form and beautiful markings.
Crocus chrysanthus ‘Romance’ has butter yellow flowers stained smoky blue. The cultivars of this species are amongst the showiest and easiest to grow of all Crocus. They increase well as long as they are planted in a spot which gets winter sun.
These have giant flowers almost as big as tulips. They flower late winter and early spring and will cope with more summer watering than most other crocus although they grow happily in dry conditions. They all make good pot plants and can be brought inside when they start to flower.
Crocus vernus ‘Flower Record’ is the best of the large flowered Dutch Crocus with glossy violet flowers. The giant flowered Dutch selections of Crocus vernus are a flower of the European mountains from the Pyrenees in the west to the Ukraine in the east.
Crocus vernus ‘Grand Maitre’ has violet blue Flowers. The giant flowered Dutch selections of Crocus vernus are a flower of the European mountains from the Pyrenees in the west to the Ukraine in the east.
Crocus vernus ‘Joan of Arc’ is pure white with contrasting yellow stamens. The giant flowered Dutch selections of Crocus vernus are a flower of the European mountains from the Pyrenees in the west to the Ukraine in the east.
Crocus flava ‘Yellow Mammoth’ produces rich egg yolk yellow goblets almost the size of tulips. It flowers late July and early August and will cope with more summer watering than most other crocus although it will grow happily in dry conditions.
‘Fortissima’ is an extraordinary daffodil with flowers up to 12cm across combining soft yellow petals and a bright orange cup. Narcissus ‘Fortissima’ produces very large flowers, up to 12cm across, with creamy yellow petals and a frilled orange red cup.
Triumph Tulips are the kind most often grown for the cut flower trade but they are also amongst the best varieties for planting in the garden and in pots. They carry traditionally shaped tulips on strong stems.
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‘Ile de France’ is a favourite here at Lambley. It has superb flowers, cardinal red outside, blood red inside, on 50cm tall stems mid to late in the season. Flowers are long lasting in the garden as well as picked.
‘Negrita’ is earlier flowering than the better known ‘Queen of the Night’. It carries its deep purple flowers on 45cm tall stems. Flowers early mid season here at Lambley and is long lasting in the garden as well as picked.
This large flowered Darwin tulip has 12cm long blooms of a glowing reddish orange with golden orange rims. ‘Orange Balloon’ is one of the largest flowered of all tulips and is displayed on 45-50cm tall strong stems.
This award winning late tulip “.....is brilliant spinel-red with a raspberry-fuchsia glow and fire engine red edges that are variably flamed apricot. Its interior is tomato-re with a sunny yellow base.” All carried on strong tall stems.
Unlike any other tulip ‘Purple Tower’ has thick artichoke-like outer petals, chartreuse and white with a hint of purple. The outer hose-in- hose outer petals hold a tuft of fimbriated purple upper petals. Quite extraordinary really.
In inland Australia wild tulips don’t need to be lifted each year provided they have a cold winter and dry summer climate. I plant them 15 cm deep in well drained soil with a handful of lime added to each square metre. If your soil isn’t acid like mine obviously you don’t need to add lime.
One of the gems of the race, Tulipa humilis hails from the area where Turkey, Iraq and Iran meet. It grows very near the snowline and so needs to be kept moist in the spring until its foliage dies down otherwise it holds no terrors.
An easily grown species found growing wild near Samarkand in Uzbekistan. It has been used widely in hybridising the Dutch tulips especially the Darwin cultivars. T. ‘Princeps’ is lower growing than others in this group.
The much loved Lady Tulip, which should be in every garden, has been cultivated for hundreds of years. It flowers during September here at Lambley. The long lasting white flowers have a broad pink paint stroke on the reverse of the petals and are held on 30cm tall stems.