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Allium
Anemone
Arisaema
Arum
Bellevalia
Camassia
Chionodoxa
Colchicum
Convallaria
Corydalis
Fall Crocus
Spring Crocus
Eranthis
Erythronium
Fritillaria
Galanthus
Geranium
Gladiolus
Hyacinthoides
Iris
Leucojum
Merendera
Muscari
Narcissus
Nectaroscordum
Ornithogalum
Ostrowskia
Polygonatum
Puschkinia
Ranunculus
Scilla
Tulipa

GALANTHUS (Amaryllidaceae)
Snowdrop
 
Galanthus alpinus var. bortkewitschianus ~ In late winter, this irresistible little elf produces slightly chubby, 2/3-inch flowers on 5-inch scapes that tower above the just-emerging leaves. A thin green chevron marks the sinus of each inner flower segment. Once considered its own species, this rarity is confined in the wild to only a few acres in the foothills of the north-central Caucasus. It thrives in cultivation in cool, humus-rich, slightly acidic soil and partial shade. Montane/Modified continental; N Caucasus. Zone 5.
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Galanthus elwesii 'Beluga' ~ Yes, indeed – a little whale of a snowdrop (one of a new series from Dutch galanthophile Patrick van den Berg). The large, pleasingly chubby flowers have rounded, cupped outer segments, and each inner segment bears a large olive-green blotch that brings picture-book cetaceans to mind. Very broad, very glaucous, slightly hooded leaves complete the picture. Zone 5.
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Galanthus elwesii 'Benjamin Britten' ~ Fittingly named for a composer whose Op. 1 celebrates spring, this recent selection is remarkable for the large olive-green "X" that marks each of its inner segments. Its flowers are just the thing for anticipating spring. Zone 5.
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Galanthus elwesii 'Polar Bear' ~ Like 'Beluga', it's big and rounded and white, with generous olive markings on its inner segments (its habit and leaves are also similar to those of its cetacean kin). In this case, though, the markings are divided in two, with one broad basal band separated from a narrow sinus stripe. The flowers are also quite late, appearing in late winter and early spring. Zone 5.
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Galanthus elwesii 'Snow Fox' ~ Somewhat akin to 'Polar Bear', this van den Berg selection differs in its rather earlier flowers, which also have a relatively broad sinus mark (and relatively narrow basal band). Team them up with 'Beluga' and you'll have many weeks of winter to early spring bloom. Zone 5.
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Galanthus elwesii var. monostictus 'H. Purcell' ~ This is an excellent, recently introduced, large-flowered selection of the monostictic (i.e., single-sinus-mark) side of G. elwesii. The late-winter blooms nod on arching pedicels above compact, curved, gray-green leaves. Mediterranean. Zone 6.
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Galanthus elwesii var. monostictus 'Sir Edward Elgar' ~ Another in the burgeoning Composer's Series of elwesii cultivars, Sir Edward has all the amplitude, substance, and gravitas you could want in a snowdrop, complete with a dapper mustache mark on the lip of each inner segment. The mustache is considerably greener than the composer's, however (how enigmatic!). Mediterranean. Zone 6.
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Galanthus elwesii var. monostictus 'W.A. Mozart' ~ As with the other monostictic Composers, this is noteworthy for the size and substance of its late-winter flowers, held on sturdy, relatively compact scapes above handsome, arching, gray-green leaves. It's unique for its rather broad sinus mark, hints of which continue toward the base of each inner segment. Mediterranean. Zone 6.
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Galanthus plicatus ~ Still one of the standards by which all snowdrops are judged, Galanthus plicatus has long been prized for its large late-winter blooms borne on relatively tall scapes over broad, glaucous-greem leaves. The inner segments of this handsome form have large green blotches. Steppe/Modified continental; Romania to N Turkey. Zone 5.
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Galanthus plicatus 'Wendy's Gold' ~ This astonishing golden snowdrop was discovered by chance in 1973 near a Bronze Age fortification just outside of Cambridge, England. Expansive lemon-yellow sinus markings envelop most of the interior of the large white flowers, which are capped by a conspicuous olive-yellow ovary. It's literally worth its weight in gold. Zone 5.
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Galanthus 'Dionysus' ~ In most cases, this singular double produces symmetrical flowers with a rose-like pompon of inner segments that each bears a broad green U-shaped sinus blotch. Newly planted bulbs may go single, however, and even established clumps can have occasional episodes of roguish self-expression. The scapes are among the tallest of the doubles, and the pedicels may be upright or arched. One of the legendary Greatorex hybrids involving Galanthus plicatus and Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Pleno', it still makes quite the splash in the late winter garden. Zone 5.
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Galanthus 'Hippolyta' ~ Yet another famed Greatorex hybrid, with a rosebud of numerous green, white-edged inner segments, centered under a parasol of three cupped, spoon-shaped outer segments. Blooming at 6 inches tall, it's one of the most compact of the double snowdrops. Zone 5.
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Galanthus 'Straffan' ~ This old but still superior hybrid of Galanthus plicatus typically carries two flowers on each scape. The blooms are large and of good substance, with distinctive longitudinal corrugation and arching, olive-green sinus marks on their inner segments. Flowering occurs in the latter part of the snowdrop season. Modified continental. Zone 5.
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GERANIUM (Geraniaceae)
Hardy geranium
 
Geranium linearilobum ssp. transversale ~ A tuberous geranium formerly known, and listed, as G. transversale, this beautiful spring ephemeral has relocated to G. linearilobum. But we don't want this to divert you from the plant in question. The flowers are of the typical geranious carmine-purple (in mid-May), and the leaves are deeply cleft into fine-textured, ray-like lobes. Steppe; Uzbekistan. Zone 5.
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Geranium macrostylum ~ The tuberous geraniums appear far to rarely in gardens (and we're not going to retract that declamation until our tuberous geranium traffic increases markedly). This one is a bit larger (12 to 15 inches) and coarser than G. linearilobum, with clusters of pretty purple-veined, mauve-pink flowers in May. As with the above, it thrives with full sun and relatively dry summer conditions. Modified continental/Montane; Caucasus. Zone 5.
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GLADIOLUS (Iridaceae)
Hardy gladiolus
 
Gladiolus caucasica RS.0572 ~ This is perhaps the showiest and most garden-worthy of the hardy Gladiolus species. Dense, one-sided spikes of up to 12 zingy carmine-purple, tubular blooms adorn 18- to 24-inch stems in early summer, the flowers held horizontally like blowing (and glowing) banners. (Formerly listed as Gladiolus caucasica.) Modified continental; E Europe to N Turkey. Zone 5.
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HYACINTHOIDES (Hyacinthaceae)
Bluebells
 
Hyacinthoides non-scripta 'Wavertree' ~ For decades, most alleged H. non-scripta bulbs on the market have actually been hybrids with H. hispanica. Here's an English bluebell that actually rings (and flowers) true. A floriferous, late-blooming selection from the bluebell-rich woods of Wavertree in Liverpool, England, it bears nodding (NOT upright), one-sided clusters of violet-blue bell-flowers in mid-spring. It certainly gets our nod. Maritime/Modified continental; W Europe. Zone 5.
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IPHEION (Alliaceae)
Spring starflower
 
Ipheion uniflorum 'Alberto Castillo' ~ Albinos are often the runts of the litter, but this extraordinary selection bucks convention by producing the largest (and loveliest)flowers of any Ipheion we know. The beautifully modeled blooms on 4- to 6-inch stems are pure satin-white. The lush, glaucous leaves are also exceptionally broad. If we had to choose only one of the genus (not a happy thought), this would be it. Uruguay & N Argentina. Zone 5. SOLD OUT
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IRIS (Iridaceae)
Iris
 
We offer irises from a diversity of groups, including Junos, Regelia species and hybrds, Beardeds, and Cresteds (Evansia). The Junos hail primarily from Central Asia and other steppe-climate regions, and are thus well adapted to dry summers and well-drained soil (something they absolutely require in localities that receive summer rain). Given these, they are typically quite easy. Most Regelias and their hybrids require slightly drier conditions than Junos do. They will often succeed unprotected in steppe and Mediterranean climate areas of the U.S., but in regions with damp summers they may need to be lifted after bloom or grown under cover. Reticulatas and Beardeds generally take well to gardens (given a well-drained soil) in most areas of the U.S., even though their epicenter is the steppes of Turkey and Central Asia. In some cases they also accept partial shade, which is usually anathema to the Junos and Regelias.  
Iris aucheri ~ This Juno iris received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit for its icy-blue, yellow-crested, delightfully fragrant flowers, as well as for its relative ease of cultivation. The flowers are borne on 12- to 15-inch scapes in early spring. Steppe; Turkey to Iraq. Zone 5.
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Iris graeberiana dark form ~ Large, luscious sky-blue flowers with violet suffusion deck the 15-inch scapes of this Iris graeberiana hybrid. Very nice. April bloom. Steppe; C Asia. Zone 5.
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Iris graeberiana Yellow Fall ~ As many as seven clear-blue flowers -- blazed primrose-yellow -- appear on 12- to 20-inch stems in April. As with the above, this is undoubtedly a hybrid, with I. graeberiana probably involved. Steppe; C Asia. Zone 5.
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histrioides 'Major' ~ Long absent from the trade, this old and beloved cultivar is deeper-hued and earlier blooming than most forms of the species, its 6-inch-tall, gentian-blue flowers often debuting in February. Fragrant. Our bulbs are propagated from vigorous, reselected stock. Only a few available this year. Steppe; C Turkey. Zone 5. AGM
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Iris hoogiana ~ “One of the most beautiful of the irises” (Thomas), with “refined flowers of clear uniform lavender-blue,” accented by yellow beards, this is also among the easiest of the temperamental Regelia group, thriving in dry-summer climates and succeeding in other regions in sharply drained soil and sun. Steppe; C Asia. Zone 5.
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Iris hoogiana 'Bronze Beauty' ~ A vigorous and breathtakingly beautiful cultivar with pale purple standards and deep violet falls, the entire flower suffused and edged with bronze. At 28 inches tall, it's also one of the most stately Regelias. Steppe; C Asia. Zone 5.
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Iris hoogiana dark form ~ Same species, third beautiful color (deep violet, in this case). Steppe; C Asia. Zone 5.
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Iris magnifica 'Agalik' ~ Magnificent indeed, its leafy stalk (reminiscent of corn) rising to 30 inches and bearing several pale lavender-blue, orange-crested flowers in April and May. Another easy Juno, thriving in sun and any well-drained soil.Steppe; Uzbekistan. Zone 5.
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Iris magnifica 'Alba' ~ A splendid form of a truly magnificent Juno iris species, it opens its snow-white, orange-blotched flowers on leafy, 2-foot stem in mid-spring. Grows easily (and occasionally self-sows) in sun and porous soil. Steppe; C Asia. Zone 5.
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Iris reticulata 'Armenian Form' ~ Of Armenian extraction, this excellent early-blooming selection of netted iris has violet flowers with prominent golden-yellow blazes and white veining. Steppe/Modified continental. Zone 5.
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Iris 'Happiness' (Reticulata hybrid) ~ Canadian hybridizer Alan McMurtrie has been doing some amazing things with Iris reticulata and its kin. In this case, the charcoal-flecked, sulphur-yellow falls carry a hint of citron suffusion. The styles are a near-translucent lemon-yellow. Remarkable. Steppe. Zone 5.
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Iris 'Mars Landing' (Reticulata hybrid) ~ This singular and spellbinding McMurtrie hybrid has sulfur-yellow falls heavily stippled and edged in an unearthly shade of purple-gray, which completely overtakes the styles. Remarkable. Steppe. Zone 5.
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Iris 'North Star' (Reticulata hybrid) ~ Cream-white falls intensify to lemon at their centers, with gray stippling. The styles have a similar color scheme, but with striking slate-blue blazing. Another splendiferous McMurtrie hybrid. Steppe. Zone 5.
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Iris 'Orange Glow' (Reticulata hybrid) ~ The falls of this near-miraculous McMurtrie creation are a strong yellow, intensifying to egg-yolk orange at their centers. The falls are freckled and the styles heavily banded with charcoal-purple. Limited supply. Steppe. Zone 5.
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Iris 'Painted Lady' (Reticulata hybrid) ~ Not all exciting new reticulata hybrids are from the hand of McMurtrie. This beautiful thing is a symphony of sky-blue, milk-white, and lemon-yellow, accented with a few deep-purple flecks on its falls. Steppe. Zone 5.
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Iris 'Sea Breeze' (Reticulata hybrid) ~ In this irresistible McMurtrie hybrid, the styles are bright banners of refreshing bluebird-blue, with boldly contrasting snow-white tips. A central splash of golden-yellow enlivens the pale blue, dark-freckled falls. The likening to a cool ocean breeze is indeed apt.
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Iris 'Velvet Smile' (Reticulata hybrid) ~ The rich blue-violet blooms of this McMurtrie hybrid have broad, elegantly fashioned falls with white-streaked centers and pointed, prow-shaped tips. Steppe. Zone 5.
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Iris 'Dardanus' (Regeliocyclus hybrid) ~ The Regeliocyclus hybrids are “garden toys of the greatest interest” that not only “fascinate and impel” (Thomas) but that also “should be much more widely planted” (Jelitto & Schacht). In this case, the Regelia I. korolkowii ‘Concolor’ teamed with the Onco I. iberica to produce a fetching hybrid whose large flowers – poised on strong, 2-foot stems in mid-May – have bright lilac standards and creamy, purple-veined falls. Steppe/Mediterranean. Zone 5.
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Iris 'Dunshanbe' (Regeliocyclus hybrid) ~ I. korolkowii, parent of many outstanding aril hybrids, teamed here with 'Persian Pansy' to produce a multi-hued beauty which is perhaps most remarkable for the iridescent orchid-mauve centers of its falls. The falls lighten to pale blue and amber at the base; the standards have plummy-grey tones with deep purple veining. Steppe/Mediterranean. Zone 5.
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Iris 'Evening Shade' (Juno hybrid) ~ The Juno irises I. willmottiana and I. magnifica have co-parented a number of beautiful and garden-worthy hybrids. The flowers of 'Evening Shade' are an ethereal pale blue, with a yellow blaze on their falls and a hint of pearly gray throughout. Steppe; C Asia. Zone 5.
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Iris 'Teucros' (Regeliocyclus hybrid) ~ Another of those fetching and fascinating regeliocyclus hybrids (some might call it an oncogelia, but we won't get into that), this time with silvery, lilac-veined standards, and ivory falls blotched and veined deep maroon (causing us to guess that the incomparable I. iberica is in its pedigree). Mmmmmmm. Steppe/Mediterranean. Zone 5.
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Iris 'Werckmeister's Beauty' (Regeliocyclus hybrid) ~ Another hybrid that appears to have a goodly dose of I. iberica in it (not surprisingly, since 'Teucros' is one of its parents), this is indeed a beauty, with mysterious dusky lavender flowers liberally veined with maroon-purple. It is a tetraploid and thus ideal material for those looking to breed their own regeliocyclus cultivars. Steppe/Mediterranean. Zone 5.
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