All bulbs for fall 2015 are SOLD OUT. You can order for NEXT fall starting Dec. 1.

Hyacinthoides non-scripta, ENGLISH BLUEBELL, 1200        
True stock of this legendary wildflower is all but impossible to get today (it crosses too freely with Spanish bluebells in the Dutch bulb fields), but ours come from a small nursery in Wales where it’s native and still 100% pure. With slender, arching, honey-scented blooms, it’s easy to see why it’s been so well-loved for so long – though please note that unless you live in a mild, moist climate, Spanish bluebells (above) are much easier to grow. 12-15”, zones 6a-7b(9bWC), from cool, green Wales. Chart & care.
DI-09 5/$9.50 10/$18 25/$41 50/$76 100/$141 SOLD OUT
Leucojum aestivum, GRAVETYE GIANT SNOWFLAKE, 1596        
Animal-proof! Above leaves that look like a daffodil’s, clusters of white bells tipped with green dots dangle gracefully. Standing 18-24 inches tall, ‘Gravetye Giant’ is the hardiest, most floriferous snowflake, introduced in 1924 from Gravetye Manor (say GRAVE-tie), the home of William Robinson, “father of the English perennial border.” And even pocket gophers leave them alone! Aka snowdrops or dewdrops (especially in the South), zones 5a-9b(9WC), from Holland. Chart & care.
DI-11 5/$12 10/$22.50 25/$51.50 50/$96 100/$178 SOLD OUT
Lycoris radiata var. radiata, RED SPIDER LILY, 1821        
True stock! This is the original Southern heirloom – a triploid, which gives it extra vigor — not the smaller, earlier-blooming Japanese diploid that most sources offer today. Legend has it that it was introduced into New Bern, NC, by a US Navy captain in the 1850s and spread across the country from there. With clusters of exotic, coral-red flowers, it lights up the late summer garden like fireworks, even in light shade. 18-24”, zones 7a(some say 6!)-10b(10bWC), from Texas and Louisiana. Chart & care.
DI-12 3/$11.50 5/$18.50 10/$34 25/$77.50 50/$144 SOLD OUT
Lycoris squamigera, SURPRISE LILY, MAGIC LILY, 1889        
In late summer, bare stalks rocket up out of nowhere, opening into shimmering, lavender-pink, amaryllis-like flowers. Surprise! Also known as naked ladies and resurrection lily, this Asian wildflower is “nearly ideal for the middle and upper South,” Scott Ogden writes in Garden Bulbs for the South. It blooms here in chilly zone-6 Ann Arbor, too, if you can give it a sunny site that stays relatively dry in summer – and patience as it re-establishes itself. 36”, zones 5b-8a(8bWC), from North Carolina. Chart & care.
DI-14 1/$8.75 3/$24 5/$37.50 10/$70 25/$158 SOLD OUT
Muscari neglectum, SOUTHERN GRAPE HYACINTH, 1629        
Dark, midnight-blue starch hyacinths or blue bottles have made themselves at home and multiplied without care in sunny gardens and shady lawns throughout the South for generations – and they do equally well up North! (If you’re looking for the original grape hyacinth, we’re sad to say it has recently gone “commercially extinct.”) 6-10”, zones 5a-8b(9bWC). Chart & care.
DI-18 5/$8.50 10/$16 25/$36.50 50/$68 100/$126 SOLD OUT
Ornithogalum nutans, SILVER BELLS, 1629        
We love these subtle, Quakerish bells of silver and sage that have been grown since colonial days. They thrive in light shade, bloom in late spring, and are much too rarely seen today. They’re cheap, too – so why not take a small leap and try a few? 8-12”, zones 5b-8b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
DI-34 10/$8 25/$18.50 50/$34.50 100/$64 250/$144 SOLD OUT
Rhodophiala bifida, OXBLOOD LILY, 1807        
Also called hurricane and schoolhouse lilies, these brilliant heirlooms look like short, slender, blood-red amaryllises. Extra tough, they thrive in clay or sand and often mark abandoned homesites. They were introduced from the Andes in 1807, brought to Texas by German settlers about 1865, and were offered by the Lily Nursery of Jacksonville, Florida, by 1881. Ours is the true ‘Hill Country Red’ heirloom, formerly Amaryllis advena, Habranthus hesperius, and Hippeastrum advenum, 12-18”, zones 7a-10b, from Texas. Chart & care.
DI-19 1/$8.25 3/$22.50 5/$35.50 10/$66 25/$149 SOLD OUT
Scilla siberica, SIBERIAN SQUILL, 1796        
Vast pools of this true blue wildflower spangle many old neighborhoods in very early spring, spreading without care in light shade, under shrubs and into lawns. Grown in America by 1830, its heyday was the early 1900s when one writer recommended planting “hundreds and thousands in every garden.” We’d be happy to help you with that! 4-6”, zones 3a-7b(9bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
DI-20 10/$6.50 25/$15 50/$28 100/$52 250/$117 SOLD OUT
Sternbergia lutea, STERNBERGIA, 1596        
“Perhaps the best of fall-flowering bulbs,” writes John Bryan in his encyclopedic Bulbs. Often called fall daffodils, sternbergia look more like big, lemon-yellow crocus. They do best in sunny sites that are dryish in summer and not too harsh in winter. (Learn more.) Though grown since colonial days and “once plentiful” according to Elizabeth Lawrence, by 1942 they were “so neglected they disappeared from all but a few” old gardens. Isn’t it time for a renaissance? 6-9”, zones 6a-9b(10bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
DI-48 5/$11.50 10/$21.50 25/$49.50 50/$92 100/$170 SOLD OUT
Trillium grandiflorum, TRILLIUM, 1799        
This simple but stunning wildflower that Allan Armitage calls “the epitome of woodland natives” is also a great garden plant. As far back as 1805 Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon recommended bringing it in from the woods to “grace and embellish the flower-garden,” and in 1870 William Robinson featured a full-page image of it in his ground-breaking The Wild Garden. Best in light shade and moist, humus-rich soil, 12-16”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), dormant rhizomes, nursery-grown for us in Tennessee. Chart & care.
DI-52 5/$14.75 10/$28 25/$63.50 50/$118 100/$219 SOLD OUT

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