All bulbs for spring 2015 are SOLD OUT. Order for NEXT spring starting June 1.

WHY GROW THESE DIVERSE TREASURES? Whether you seek fragrance, tropical exuberance, or something easy and different, you can find it here among our Aztec tuberoses, pixie rain lilies, star-like crocosmia, robust crinums, and one spectacular canna. Explore and enjoy!

TIPS, RAVES, & MORE — For planting and care advice, click the “Care” link in our bulb descriptions. For tips and raves, the stories behind the bulbs, links and books, history, news, and more, see our Spring-Planted Diverse Newsletter Archives.


For an easy summer-time adventure, try this fabulous collection of our spring-planted treasures – and save! We’ll send you at least $35 worth of diverse, time-tested summer-bloomers for just $30. They’ll all be labeled, great for your hardiness zone, and may include dahlias, glads, daylilies, iris, tuberoses, and other treasures. It’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s a deal!

Order by USDA hardiness zone. Don’t know your zone? Click here and enter your zip code to find out. Limit one sampler per address, please.

COS-45 1/$30 SOLD OUT
COS-67 1/$30 SOLD OUT

Enjoy the same gorgeous, easy heirlooms that Scott planted on TV with Martha — and save 10%! (Missed the show? Watch it here.) We’ll send you 5 small-flowered ‘Atom’ gladiolus, 3 fragrant ‘Mexican Single’ tuberoses, and 1 fabulous dahlia (our choice) for bouquets. You, Martha, saving money, and a summer full of heirloom beauty — it’s a good thing! For zones 4a-8b(10aWC).

For more ‘Atom’, tuberoses, and all different dahlias, order additional samplers.

COS-40 1/$20 2/$38.50 3/$54.50 4/$70.50 5/$86 SOLD OUT
Canna, EHEMANII CANNA, 1863        Rarest

Graceful, spectacular, and decidedly different, this landmark canna is topped by arching sprays of dangling, bell-shaped, deep rose flowers that may remind you of fuchsias. Though widely praised by late Victorian gardeners, it doesn’t store or ship as easily as other cannas so it all but disappeared in the 20th century. But now it’s back, and it’s a thrill. 5-7’, green leaves, zones 8a-11b or winter indoors, from Texas.

We’re sad to say this is the ONLY canna we’re offering now, because it’s the only one we’re 100% confident is virus-free. Learn more. Chart & care.

SP-44 1/$16.50 2/$31.50 3/$45 5/$71 10/$132 SOLD OUT
Crinum ELLEN BOSANQUET CRINUM, 1930        
One of the most famous crinums of all, ‘Ellen Bosanquet’ (say BOEZ-n-kwet) was bred by Florida’s Louis Bosanquet and named for his beloved wife. Its “luminous raspberry” flowers (Organic Gardening, 1950) have a vanilla-like fragrance and bloom from June to fall above mounds of glossy, wavy leaves. A vigorous multiplier, it can take total neglect but blooms best with regular watering and, in the South, a touch of shade. 2-3’, zones 7b-10b(11bWC), from Louisiana. Chart & care.
SP-08 1/$14.50 2/$28 3/$39.50 5/$62.50 10/$116 SOLD OUT
Crinum x herbertii, MILK-AND-WINE LILY CRINUM, 1819? 1919?        
For 60 years or more, this classic milk-and-wine lily has been multiplying without care at the family homeplace of our 70-something Louisiana grower. It’s one of the myriad forms of C. x herbertii, a cross first made in 1819 by Dean Herbert, the godfather of crinums. Its clusters of 10-20 candy-striped flowers on 3-foot stalks open wide, filling the air with fragrance, and then mature into gracefully dangling bells. Give it plenty of sun and in a few years you’ll have a huge clump blooming off and on all summer long. Big bulbs, 3-4” across, zones 7b-10b(11bWC), from Louisiana. Chart & care.
SP-41 1/$16.50 2/$31.50 3/$45 5/$71 10/$132 SOLD OUT

As easy to grow as gladiolus, crocosmia are longer-blooming, never need staking, and their small, star-like flowers blend well into the garden and bouquets. No wonder so many gardeners today are as excited about them as gardeners were a century ago.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS: We’ll say it again — crocosmias are as easy to grow as glads. Give them well-drained soil and a sunny to lightly shaded site. They’re hardy perennials in zones 7 and warmer, or you can dig and store them like glads. Beware though: all crocosmia can become invasive in warm climates, and the original antique montbretia is especially vigorous — so please handle with care. Learn more

Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora, ANTIQUE MONTBRETIA, 1879        
If ‘Lucifer’ has whetted your appetite for crocosmias, give this antique original a try. When we couldn’t find true stock offered anywhere, we turned to our friends at the 1857 Manship House Museum in Jackson, Mississippi, where it’s been flourishing for generations. With cottage-garden informality and spectacular vigor, it’s a pass-along classic. Zones 7a-9b(11aWC) or store in winter like glads, from Louisiana. Chart & care.
SP-55 3/$8 5/$12.50 10/$24 25/$54 50/$100 SOLD OUT
Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora, GEORGE DAVISON CROCOSMIA, 1902        
This landmark yellow was introduced by head-gardener George Davison, the first Englishman to breed crocosmias. With loads of star-like, honey-gold flowers on heavily branched stems, it’s “highly recommended” by David Fenwick, former holder of the British National Collection — and us! 36”, mid-summer, zones 7a-9a(10aWC) or store like glads, from Holland. Chart & care.
SP-42 5/$5.25 10/$10 25/$22.50 50/$42 100/$78 SOLD OUT

The Aztecs held the tuberose sacred to their goddess of art, beauty, and love. By 1730 it grew in Williamsburg; and in 1893 a Boston gardener wrote that “everyone who has a garden knows the Tuberose.”

TIPS FOR SUCCESS: Tuberoses need full sun, moist soil and plenty of nutrition to do their best. In the NORTH, we recommend growing them in pots , starting them inside and then moving them outside when nights warm up into the 60s. In the SOUTH, you can bloom them successfully in the ground, where singles often do better and bloom earlier. Plant in a hot sunny spot with well-drained soil. Keep soil moist and fertilize regularly.

Polianthes tuberosa ‘Pearl’, PEARL DOUBLE TUBEROSE, 1870        
Just as blissfully fragrant as ‘Mexican Single’ (above), ‘Pearl’ is a bit shorter, later-blooming, and double, with pale pink buds that open into flowers like tiny gardenias. Discovered by NY nurseryman John Henderson in 1870, it became a Victorian favorite, often sold under the name ‘Excelsior’. Hardy in zones 8a-11b, elsewhere it’s handled like glads (in the winter, just throw the pot in the basement). We send big bulbs, sure to bloom! Chart & care.
SP-31 3/$12.50 5/$20 10/$37 25/$84.50 50/$156 SOLD OUT
Polianthes tuberosa, MEXICAN SINGLE TUBEROSE, 1530        
The heavenly fragrance of tuberoses is as big a pleasure in August as ice cream. Their simple white flowers are clustered on 3-4 foot stalks above short, daylily-like foliage. Most gardeners grow them in pots (always best in the North) or dig and store in fall (we’ll send easy directions), but they’re perennial in zones 8a-11b. Although many sources offer bulbs too small to bloom, our big, fat, healthy bulbs – from an Illinois family farm where they’ve been grown since the 1930s – are sure to reward you gloriously. Chart & care.
SP-30 3/$9.75 5/$15.50 10/$29 25/$66 50/$122 SOLD OUT

TIPS FOR SUCCESS: Short and charming, rain lilies are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. To bloom well, they need hot summers. Though they prefer full sun and moist loam, they are very easy to grow in a wide range of conditions, even damp clay. In their native Argentina the white ones actually grow in marshland! In colder areas, they can make interesting plants for summer pots. Learn more.

Zephyranthes candida, WHITE RAIN LILY, 1822        
“Absurdly easy and prolific,” writes Scott Ogden in Garden Bulbs for the South of this cheery little flower. Over grassy foliage, its short, white, crocus-like flowers open after late-summer rains. Discovered by Spanish explorers in the 1500s, it grew so thickly along Argentina’s Rio de la Plata that it inspired its name: River of Silver. Praised by Bostonian E.S. Rand in his 1866 Bulbs, it’s easy in pots in the North and perennial in zones 7a-11b. 5-7”, from Holland. Chart & care.
SP-29 10/$8.75 25/$20 50/$37.50 100/$70 250/$158 SOLD OUT
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