Middlesex Conservation District

Middlesex Conservation District

Specialty Bulbs

Tulips | Daffodils | Specialty Bulbs/Iris| Perennials | SuppliesFall 2017 order form | Fall 2017 catalog

Early spring companions: Daffodils, Tulips, Crocus, Iris reticulata, Violas
Mid spring companions: Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinths, Leucojum, Muscari
Late bulb companions: Tulips, Daffodils, Alliums, Bearded Iris

Layer small bulbs on top of tulips or daffodils when planting for extended bloom, showy combinations, and fewer groups of foliage to have lingering in the garden. Remember – you need to leave the bulb foliage in the garden after blooms fade for 4-8 weeks until it naturally yellows to allow energy to go back into the bulbs and flower buds to form for the next season. Use small Daffodils on top of larger ones. Combine late blooming Allium with early Tulips and Daffodils. Crocus can be planted over everything as they bloom so early! Plant Muscari with all bulbs so that you can use its fall foliage growth to remind you where to fertilize in the fall.

Many of these can easily be potted, cooled and forced for indoor winter blooming! It’s easy to do: pot the bulbs any time this fall, keep in a 40F location for 6-8 weeks then move to a sunny window to bloom. Enjoy color all winter then plant the bulbs outside in the spring to bloom next year.
Detailed instructions about how to force bulbs are available here: http://www.uri.edu/ce/factsheets/sheets/forcebulbs.html

Legend:  E  = Early       M = Mid-Season      L = Late Bloomer


Allium giganteum      L
Softball size 5″-6″ purple flowers, 3′,full sun, blooms early summer.   3/$17


Camass Lily (Camassia)        M
Lovely native bulb, spikes of blue flowers 12”-15”, was a staple food source for Native Americans.   15/$10


Crocus Large Flowering Mix     E
A mix of colors, including purples, yellows, whites and bicolors. Sun or part shade, 6”, blooms March/April.


Glory of the Snow (Chionodoxa)       E
One of the earliest to bloom, starry white flowers, 5”-10” tall, naturalizes well. 15/$9 


Grape Hyacinth (Muscari)     M
Purplish blue flowers in little grape like clusters, lovely in large drifts, naturalizes well. 15/$9 


Grecian Windflower (Anemone blanda)     L
Blend of whites, pinks and blues; daisy like flowers, 4”-6” tall . 12/$9


Hyacinth Pastel Mix     E/M
Mix of lighter colors, 8”-12” tall, very fragrant, easy to force. 9/$15 


Oriental Lily Mix     L
Tall plants with large flowers, mix of colors in whites, pinks and reds, 3’-4’ tall. 4/$15


Star of Bethlehem ‘Sochii’     L
Uncommon variety, white flower spikes late spring to early summer, long bloom season, nice cut flower. 3/$9 


Peony Sarah Bernhardt    L
Huge double pink flowers on 30’ tall bushy plants, bloom early summer, very long lived. Bare root division.