Taylor's Guide to Bulbs: How to Select and Grow More than 400 Summer-Hardy and Tender Bulbs - Flexible Binding

Taylor's Guide to Bulbs: How to Select and Grow More than 400 Summer-Hardy and Tender Bulbs - Flexible Binding

by Barbara Ellis
     
 

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From the earliest harbingers of spring to the lilies of summer and the crocuses of fall, nothing adds color to a garden quite like bulbs do. Use this fully illustrated, comprehensive guide to select the best bulbs to create an ever-changing parade of garden color. In it you'll find:

* The best cultivars of beloved hardy bulbs such as tulips and daffodils

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Overview

From the earliest harbingers of spring to the lilies of summer and the crocuses of fall, nothing adds color to a garden quite like bulbs do. Use this fully illustrated, comprehensive guide to select the best bulbs to create an ever-changing parade of garden color. In it you'll find:

* The best cultivars of beloved hardy bulbs such as tulips and daffodils

* Exciting new tender bulbs to grow for summer color—or in containers

* Lists of bulbs by bloom time to guide your selections and ensure flowers from late winter through fall

* Detailed instructions for propagating bulbs

* Complete information on how to overwinter tender bulbs

* Instructions on forcing bulbs for indoor flowers

For every plant pictured, you'll find complete growing information, including sun, shade, and soil requirements.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618068906
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Series:
Taylor's Gardening Guides Series
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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Taylor's Guide to Bulbs

HOW TO SELECT AND GROW 480 SPECIES OF SPRING AND SUMMER BULBS


By Barbara W. Ellis

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY

Copyright © 2001 Houghton Mifflin Company.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 0-618-06890-2

ACHIMENES `PEACH BLOSSOM'

Achimenes `Peach Blossom' (inset A. `Minette')

Achimenes, Monkey-faced Pansy, Orchid Pansy

SIZE: 6 to 8 inches; spreads 1 to 2 feet

Bright shade with protection from direct sun Rich, evenly moist soil; usually grown in baskets or other containers Bears rosy salmon 1 1/2- to 3-inch-wide flowers from summer to fall Zones 10 and 11 P. 214

Agapanthus africanus

African Lily

SIZE: 2 to 3 feet

Full sun Fertile, well-drained, evenly moist soil Bears rounded 6- to 12-inch-wide umbels of dark purple-blue flowers in late summer Zones 9 to 11 P. 215

AGAPANTHUS HYBRID

Agapanthus hybrid `My Joy'

Hybrid Agapanthus

SIZE: 2 to 3 feet

Full sun Fertile, well-drained, evenly moist soil Bears umbels of white flowers in mid- and late summer Zones 7 or 8 to 10 P. 215

Agapanthus hybrid `Storm Cloud'

Hybrid Agapanthus

SIZE: 3 to 4 feet

Full sun Fertile, well-drained, evenly moist soil Bears umbels of dark purple-blue flowers in mid- and late summer Zones 7 or 8 to 10 P. 215

ALLIUM AFLATUNENSE

Allium aflatunense

Persian Onion

SIZE: 2 to 3 feet

Full sun Well-drained soil Round 4 1/2-inch-wide clusters of densely packed red-violet flowers in earlysummer Zones 4 to 8 P. 217

Allium caeruleum

Blue Globe Onion, Nodding Onion

SIZE: 1 to 2 feet

Full sun Very well drained soil Produces 2-inch-wide umbels of densely packed, starry dark blue flowers in early summer Zones 3 to 8 P. 217

ALLIUM CERNUUM

Allium carinatum ssp. pulchellum

Keeled Garlic

SIZE: 1 to 1 1/2 feet

Full sun Well-drained soil Bears 2 1/2-inch-wide umbels of reddish violet blooms in midsummer Zones 5 to 8 P. 217

Allium cernuum

Nodding Onion, Wild Onion

SIZE: 1 1/2 to 2 feet

Full sun or shade Well-drained soil; tolerates heavy soil or sandy conditions Native North American with 2 1/2-inch-wide umbels of rose-purple, pink, or white flowers in early summer Zones 4 to 9 P. 217

ALLIUM CRISTOPHII

Allium cristophii

Star of Persia

SIZE: 1 to 2 feet

Full sun Well-drained soil Bears ball-like 8- to 12-inch-wide umbels of starry silvery purple flowers in summer Zones 4 to 8 P. 218

Allium cyaneum

SIZE: 4 to 10 inches

Full sun Well drained soil Produces 3/4-inch-wide umbels of 6 to 18 blue flowers in summer Zones 5 to 9 P. 218

ALLIUM GIGANTEUM

Allium giganteum

Giant Onion

SIZE: 3 to 5 feet

Full sun Well-drained soil Produces dense, round 4- to 5-inch-wide clusters of starry rosy purple flowers in summer Zones 4 to 8 P. 218

Allium giganteum

`White Giant'

SIZE: 3 to 5 feet

Full sun Well-drained soil Produces dense, round 4- to 5-inch-wide clusters of starry white flowers in summer Zones 4 to 8 P. 218

ALLIUM HYBRID

Allium hybrid `Globemaster'

SIZE: 2 to 3 feet

Full sun Well-drained soil Produces long-lasting 10-inch-wide umbels of rich violet flowers in early summer Zones 4 or 5 to 8 P. 219

Allium karataviense

Turkistan Onion

SIZE: 6 to 10 inches

Full sun Well-drained soil In early summer bears 3- to 5-inch-wide clusters of up to 50 starry pale pink flowers Zones 5 to 9 P. 219

ALLIUM OREOPHILUM

Allium moly

Lily Leek, Golden Garlic

SIZE: 1/2 to 1 foot

Full sun or partial shade Very well drained soil Produces loose, showy 2-inch-wide umbels of starry-shaped golden yellow flowers in early summer Zones 3 to 9 P. 219

Allium oreophilum

SIZE: 2 to 8 inches

Full sun Well-drained soil Produces loose 1 1/2-inch-wide umbels of 10 to 15 pinkish purple flowers in early summer Zones 4 to 9 P. 220

ALLIUM SCHOENOPRASUM

Allium schoenoprasum

Chives

SIZE: 1 to 2 feet

Full sun Well-drained soil Mounds of edible round leaves topped by 1-inch-wide cloverlike clusters of rosy pink flowers in summer Zones 3 to 9 P. 221

Allium schubertii

SIZE: 1 to 2 feet

Full sun Well-drained soil Bears striking, round 9- to 12-inch-wide umbels of pale purple flowers arranged on stalks of different lengths Zones 5 to 10 P. 221

ALLIUM SPHAEROCEPHALON

Allium senescens

SIZE: 6 to 12 inches

Full sun Well-drained soil Bears 1-inch-wide umbels of 20 to 30 mauve-pink flowers in mid- to late summer Zones 5 to 9 P. 221

Allium sphaerocephalon

Drumstick Chives, Drumstick Allium, Round-headed Leek

SIZE: 2 to 3 feet

Full sun Well-drained soil Produces nearly solid 1-inch-wide clusters of green to purple or purplish maroon bell-shaped flowers in midsummer Zones 4 to 8 P. 221

ALLIUM TANGUTICUM

Allium tanguticum

Lavender Globe Lily

SIZE: 2 feet

Full sun Well-drained soil Bears 2-inch-wide lavender-blue flowers in midsummer Zones 4 to 9 P. 222

Allium thunbergii `Ozawa'

SIZE: 8 inches

Full sun Well-drained soil Produces 1- to 1 1/2-inch-wide umbels of rose-purple flowers in fall Zones 4 to 8 P. 222


Excerpted from Taylor's Guide to Bulbs by Barbara W. Ellis. Copyright © 2001 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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