Top 10 flower bulbs to add color, creativity & adventure during Winter season

Top 10 easy flower bulbs to add color, creativity & adventure during Winter season

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1. Zephyranthes, Rain Lily

Zephyranthes has the common name rain lily for a good reason…it has the charming habit of sending up new blooms after a summer rain (it would make an excellent rain garden plant).

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We are fascinated with the wonderful group of zephyranthes (rain lilies). The great thing about zephyranthes is the lack of large foliage that often accompanies many other spring-flowering bulbs.

2. Gladiolus

Gladiolus is a perennial favored for its beautiful, showy flowers. Its flowers grow on tall spikes and are often found in cutting gardens or in the back along the border (because they are tall).

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Gladioli have many different colored flowers, and grow between 2 to 6 feet in height. It’s good for cut flowers.

3. Chincherinchee, Ornithogalum

Chincherinchee have large cones of tightly packed white blooms on tall straight stems. They prefer a full sun position in well drained soil. Quick to multiple they are ideal for garden borders and pots. Ideal as a cutflower they have a long vase life

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These undemanding South African darlings are happy even in dry sites as long as they have moderate amounts of moisture during the spring.

4**. Narcissus Tazetta, Daffodil**

Daffodils growing in masses are a delightful sight and, with colours ranging from white, yellow and pink, there’s a daffodil for every garden. Plant them in pots or grow them in bold drifts naturalised in grass for maximum effect.

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The Gardener’s Golden Investment: nothing adds more to your spring garden than Daffodils.

5. Crocus

These are the early-blooming and long-lived flowers of spring that everyone knows and loves. The bulbs multiply amazingly well, naturalize beautifully in lawns, and provide a splash of early color.

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Crocuses are also one of the easiest cold-hardy bulbs to force for indoor bloom.

6. Freesia

Freesia flowers are “zygomorphic” which just means that they grow along one side of the stem, in a single plane. When you look at a flower stalk however, you’ll see that the blooms are facing upwards.

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Freesia are deliciously scented & are used by perfume makers world wide for centuries

7. Ranunculus

Do you garden partly to provide fresh cut flowers whenever the urge strikes? Then make room ranunculus. Incredible colors, straight stems, long vase life and copious blooms will be yours. In return, these lacy-leafed plants will ask for sunshine, moderate temperatures and very light watering.

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Your borders and beds will look great, your office desk will sport fresh flowers for pennies and your neighbor will be by asking for your gardening secret.

Brilliantly colored flowers are ‘ranunculus’ chief attraction, and they are indeed special.

8. Anemone

The large, poppy-like flowers of this Anemone tuber variety is a mix of vibrant colors bloom on low-growing plants.

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It blooms in a rainbow of colors and brings exquisite drama to the spring garden.

9. Ixia

Exotic members of the iris family, ixia produce brilliant blossoms with often dramatically contrasting spots and blotches.

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Ixia grow from pudgy corms, much like those of crocuses, sometimes with slightly raised centers like a Hersey’s chocolate kiss. The exteriors are usually covered with a light, clean netting. Plant ixia in groups in borders or containers for the greatest visual impact.

10. Sparaxis

Perfect bulbs for a colourful and long lasting pot in any prominent position. They are dead easy to grow and will flower again from one year to the next.

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Also known as windflower or harlequin flower, these colorful members of the iris family have open star-shaped white, orange, lavender, yellow or pink flowers often centered with contrasting symmetrical patterns.