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Eranthis hyemalis, WINTER ACONITE, 1578        
If these extra-early cups of sunshine have failed you, try ours! They’re wax-dipped so they won’t dry out and die before you plant them. Blooming even earlier than snowdrops, they multiply eagerly in light shade (their seeds are spread by ants) and are so animal-proof that the Elizabethans called them Little Yellow Woolfes-bain. 3-5”, zones 5a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
DI-22
10/$9
25/$21
50/$39
100/$72
250/$162
Freesia alba, ANTIQUE FREESIA, 1878        Rarest
One of our greatest treasures, this is the original, blissfully fragrant, wild white freesia that naturalizes happily in Mediterranean climates with mild, dry summers. It’s also “entirely at home in the South, returning faithfully,” says Scott Ogden in Garden Bulbs for the South, so expert gardeners may want to try it there, too. Smaller than modern forms, 6-12”, zones 8a(8-10bWC), grown for us in California. Chart & care.
DI-23
3/$14
5/$22
10/$41.50
25/$94.50
50/$175
Fritillaria meleagris, SNAKE’S-HEAD FRITILLARY, 1572        
One of our perennial bestsellers, this odd little bulb has nodding flowers of maroon and dusky rose (or occasionally white), and each is checkered! Grown since colonial days, it prefers light shade and cool, moist sites. Our bulbs are wax-dipped to preserve their vitality. We forgot to plant some until February one year and they still bloomed! Aka guinea-hen flower, 10-12”, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
DI-04
10/$11
25/$25.50
50/$47.50
100/$88
250/$198
Galanthus elwesii, ELWES OR GIANT SNOWDROP, 1875        
If you like traditional snowdrops (and who doesn’t?), you’ll love G. elwesii. Don’t let the “giant” in its name put you off. It simply looks like an especially robust, well-grown G. nivalis and blooms even earlier. Animal-proof, 6-8”, more heat-tolerant than G. nivalis, zones 5a-8a(9aWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
DI-29
5/$9.25
10/$17.50
25/$40
50/$74
100/$137
Galanthus S. ARNOTT, 1922        New
Voted best of all by experts at an RHS conference in 2004, ‘S. Arnott’ was sent by Scotsman Sam Arnott to collector Henry Elwes sometime before 1922. It’s a “tall, handsome, well-proportioned chap with attractively rounded blooms,” writes Naomi Slade in The Plant Lovers Guide to Snowdrops. It’s “very easy to grow” and “increases reliably,” and its “sweet strong scent” makes it “a great cut flower.” We’ll be offering a different rare snowdrop next year, so if you want this treasure, now’s the time to get it! Aka ‘Sam Arnott’, 8-10”, zones 4b-7b(9bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
DI-32
3/$12.50
5/$20
10/$37
25/$84.50
50/$156
Galanthus nivalis, TRADITIONAL SNOWDROP, 1597        
An icon of spring for centuries, this beloved woodland wildflower seems to be born from the melting snow. Its brave little bells ring in the spring well before crocus, animals leave it alone, and it multiplies without care in light shade. In other words, it’s a springtime essential! 5-6”, zones 3a-7a(8aWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
DI-06
5/$10.25
10/$19.50
25/$44
50/$82
100/$152
Gladiolus byzantinus, BYZANTINE GLADIOLUS, 1629        
Expensive but worth it, this is NOT the puny, cheap impostor you’ll get virtually everywhere else, but Southern-grown corms of the authentic, deep magenta heirloom that’s winter hardy to zone 6 and multiplies happily year after year. A wild, perennial glad, it blooms with graceful, orchid-like flowers in earliest summer as it has since colonial days. Bill Welch of Texas A&M calls it “a delightful plant often found in old cottage gardens,” Christopher Lloyd planted it lavishly at Great Dixter, and our customers rave about it! Aka G. communis var. byzantinus ‘Cruentus’, 24-36”, zones 6a-9b(11WC), from Louisiana and Texas. Learn more. Chart & care.
DI-25
1/$13.75
3/$37.50
5/$59
10/$110
25/$248
Hyacinthoides hispanica, WHITE SPANISH BLUEBELL, 1601        
As easy to grow as the much more common blue forms, the white Spanish bluebell has been lighting up shady gardens for hundreds of years. In 1927 landscape architect Stephen Child recommended it for stylish white perennial borders, noting that it was “very attractive” in the Dutch garden at San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Aka wood hyacinth, squill, late-spring blooming, 15-18”, zones 5a-8b(10bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
DI-53
5/$8
10/$15
25/$34.50
50/$64
100/$119
Hyacinthoides hispanica ‘Excelsior’, BLUE SPANISH BLUEBELL, 1601        
Rugged and fool-proof, this easy classic thrives virtually everywhere. “The stately Spanish bluebell is found in all old Southern gardens,” Elizabeth Lawrence wrote, and it’s hardy north to zone 5, too (or even 3, some say!). ‘Excelsior’ dates back to 1906 and is the most vigorous and floriferous form. Aka wood hyacinth, squill, late spring blooming, 15-18”, zones 5a-8b(10bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
DI-26
10/$12.50
25/$29
50/$54
100/$100
250/$225
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
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