Order these spring-planted bulbs NOW for delivery in APRIL 2016.

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.

INTRO TO HEIRLOOMS, SPRING        Sampler

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
for zones 4-5
COS-06
1/$30
for zone 6
COS-07
1/$30
for zone 7
COS-8S
1/$30
for zone 8 South & SW
COS-WC
1/$30
for zones 8-10 West Coast
MARTHA STEWART SAMPLER        Sampler

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
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. Chart & care.

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.

SP-44 1/$18 2/$34.50 3/$49 5/$77.50 10/$144 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/$18.50
2/$35.50
3/$50.50
Limit 3, please.
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/$14
2/$27
3/$38.50
5/$60.50
10/$112
CROCOSMIA / MONTBRETIA

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/$9.50
5/$15
10/$28
25/$64
50/$119
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
LILIUM/LILIES

Although most of our true lilies are FALL-shipped only (see them here), some are harvested so late that they have to be held in high-tech cold storage for us all winter long, and we ship them in the spring ONLY.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS: Most lilies like their heads in the sun but their feet in the shade to keep their roots cool. Learn more.

L. speciosum album, SPECIOSUM ALBUM, 1830        It’s Back!
‘Casa Blanca’ may be fine, but we like this wild ancestor even better. Richly fragrant, its flowers are more graceful, less huge, with showier jade-green nectaries. It’s one of the many color forms of the “Japan lily” which sold for “extravagant prices” when first imported and became one of the most popular flowers of the Victorian era. Late-summer, 4-5’, 5a-7b(9bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
SP-56
3/$12.50
5/$20
10/$37
25/$84.50
50/$156
L. speciosum rubrum UCHIDA, 1960        It’s Back!
An especially fine form of Lilium speciosum rubrum, ‘Uchida’ was propagated by farmer Hirotaka Uchida to help save the last wild survivors of that spectacular Japanese lily – described in 1830 as “all rugged with rubies and garnets and sparkling with crystal points” – after a century of relentless over-collection. Lightly fragrant, late-summer, 4-5’, 5a-7b(9bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
SP-57
3/$12.50
5/$20
10/$37
25/$84.50
50/$156
POLIANTHES/TUBEROSES

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’, ‘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
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