is easily recognized by itsbluish-purple owers andcrimson stigmas, whichare the source o culinary saron. It is surprisingly easy to grow.
isan underused native plant that contributes 3-oot bluespikes to the garden when itblooms in late April.
I love the elegant, bellshaped owers o
, but it can be achallenge to grow. Well-drained soil is a must or its success. To help it getstarted, I put gravel at thebottom o the planting hole to aid in drainage and I plant the bulbs at a 45-degreeangle so they shed water.
willnaturalize in damp sites,but it also does well or me in average soil. It alsocomes in a combinationwith mainly reddish purple to black owers with yellowmarkings.
, withspikes o white owers 3eet tall in August, is a plant that should be more widely used. It does not needstaking, has been hardy or me or the past three years,and blooms at a down timein my garden.
‘George Baker’ in both thegravel and ruin gardens aswell as in troughs, becauseit likes good drainage. Even though short in stature, this plant has a saturatedcolor that grabs the eye andcarries quite a distance.
USING BULBS INTHE LAYERED GARDEN
One o the easiest ways to add layers o inter-est to any garden is with hardy bulbs. They havebeautiul (and sometimes unusual) fowers, comein a rainbow o colors, and bloom in all our sea-sons o the year. They range in size rom 6-inchsnowdrops to lilies that can tower 6 eet ormore. Early blooming bulbs can easily be plantedamong later blooming herbaceous perennials.Summer bulbs can be an integral part o a Julyborder. And all bulbs provide welcome color atthis challenging time o year.Many bulbs originated in Asia and theMediterranean region, making them well suitedor my dry garden. Some can even be used indeciduous shade, since they have had their sea-son by the time the tree canopy leas out. I growdozens o genera o bulbs, and i I can be alloweda bit o anthropomorphizing, I would say thatthey are pretty smart critters. They grow, bloom,store up all the energy they need to replenishthemselves, and pop out a ew progeny—andthen, when the weather gets warmer or drier
isa snowdrop relative, withelegant bell-shaped owers that appear in late spring. Itis commonly ound in dampareas but is also happy onour dry hillside, where it isbeginning to naturalize.
is asentimental avorite, sinceit was brought over by Pennsylvania Germansettlers and can be oundnaturalized around oldhomesteads in the state. Itgrows in part shade, hence the species name, roughly translated “o the woods.”
is an outsized example o abulb or shade, blooming inlate May into June on ower spikes that have reachedup to 5 eet in my garden.Once it blooms, the originalbulb dies, but it is easy tokeep going rom the sidebulbs or rom seed.
is perectly hardy here in theDelaware Valley. It is a nicecounterpoint to the spring-blooming