In addition to large numbers of irises (bearded, Siberian, Louisiana, and Japanese), peonies, and unnamed dahlia varieties, we are offering many named and rare species of summer-blooming bulbs, corms, and tubers. (For a complete master list of ALL plants being offered in the sale, go here.)
TURK’S CAP LILY (Lilium superbum). This native perennial flower will grow from 4 to 10 feet tall, depending on its exposure to sun and moist soil (both of which it needs in abundance) and is the largest native American lily. (Don’t plant this highly sought-after bulb in the shade!) Turk’s Cap Lilies are prolific bloomers, often producing a dozen or more flowers per plant. These lilies are known for colonizing environments that they like, but it takes usually a minimum of eight years for bulbs to mature enough to produce blooms. We were diligent in finding fully mature bulbs for this sale that should begin to bloom for you immediately. The large blooms are extremely attractive to hummingbirds, long-tongued bees, butterflies, and sphinx moths. A truly classic addition to your summer garden!
GALTONIA candicans. This native of South Africa is also known as the “summer hyancinth” or “spire lily.” It sends up spikes of lovely white flowers in late summer amidst dark green, strap-like foliage, when many other perennials are done blooming. The tall spikes are fragrant and especially dramatic planted with darker foliage or flowers. Wants fertile, well-drained soil that is reliably moist in spring and summer. Full sun. Cold hardy to zone 6 (which we are now listed in for Boone), but for our winters you might do well to mulch the bulbs with straw or leaves. Galtonia also makes an excellent container plant.
‘AY CARAMBA’ LILY. L.A. hybrid lilies are an exciting new type of lily, a cross between Longiflorum lilies and Asiatic lilies (hence “L.A.”). L.A.s have larger flowers, stronger stems, and longer vase life than asiatic lilies. ‘Ay Caramba’ is a new 2012 variety. It is beautiful with very wide petals in pearly white, tipped in raspberry pink, all set off with a deep raspberry heart. Just great.
‘SINFONIETTA’ LOUISIANA IRIS. The Louisiana iris ‘Sinfonietta’ is a vigorous iris and one of the brightest, clearest of the blue irises. It won the American Iris Society Award of Merit in 1992. It bears gentian-blue flowers and broad blooms with a prominent triangular yellow blotch (“signal”) which attracts pollinating bees. Louisiana irises prefer moisture, but they also adapt to ordinary acidic garden soil like we have in Boone.
‘BOLD PRETENDER’ LOUISIANA IRIS. The Louisiana Iris ‘Bold Pretender’ is a super bright red bi-tone and is a great choice for all but the driest of garden areas. It has pale red and darker red petals that alternate around a beautifully patterned, bright yellow- green center. Flowers have a heavy substance, but you’ll have to be patient the first few seasons for this iris to get established. It’s well worth the wait, and the large blooms make an extraordinary indoor arrangement. This iris prefers full sun and doesn’t like dry gardens (like most Louisiana irises, it will even grow in standing water).
‘TINY PADHYE’ LILY. ‘Tiny Padhye’ is a dwarf lily with stunning maroon flowers tipped in icy white. These naturally short, early blooming Asiatic lilies were 20 years in the breeding and are perfect for the garden or in containers. Plants grow just 18″-24″ tall, and they flower earlier than most lilies – in May/June. It is a strong grower with an excellent bud count and long bloom time.
‘DIZZY’ LILY. A unique oriental lily, ‘Dizzy’ packs a punch, with extra-long petals that have a bold, crimson stripe and are almost completely covered with vibrant magenta freckles. ‘Dizzy’ is very fragrant and produces long-lasting 4-inch flowers in either your garden or as cut flowers. This lily is a reliable performer with lots of blossoms.
‘COURIER CLASSIC’ LILY. Another of the L.A. hybrid lilies (for “Longiflorum” plus “Asiatic”), ‘Courier Classic’ is a great classic color with upward facing, sweetly scented, slightly trumpet-shaped blossoms. The yellow-green throat really sets it off.
‘CASA BLANCA’ LILY. ‘Casa Blanca’ is at the top of the food-chain for classic oriental lilies. They are spectacular and magnificently fragrant. Plus they are very easy to grow. The flowers are immense, up to 11 inches across, pure white with white specks. You should enjoy the flowers in your garden, but you should not cut them. If you do, you will have to wait two agonizing years before the plant will bloom again. (The blooms store up food in the bulb for next year’s inflorescence.)
GLORIOSA LILY (Gloriosa superba ‘Rothschildiana’). Every time I see this magnificent and exotic South African vine bloom, I think, “I grew that?” Easy to grow in either the ground or in pots, Gloriosa lilies bear a name that means “full of glory.” Flashy yellow and ruby flowers have wavy, swept-back petals. Vines are light weight, so slender supports are fine, and they make long-lasting cut flowers. The plants die back in fall to dormant tubers. Grow this lily in a pot that can be stored dry in a cool place over winter. It will emerge slowly in early summer, and then follows rapid growth. Roots get bigger and bigger every year, so you get more & more flowers in subsequent seasons.
‘BLACK OUT’ LILY. ‘Black Out’ is a fabulous lily. It has rich, glossy carmine- red (almost black) flowers with an even darker flushed burgundy-black throat. The color of the flowers really stands out against the tall, slender, dark-green stems. Very vigorous grower and an excellent cut flower.
‘PRINS CLAUS’ HARDY GLADIOLUS. What fun! What drama! The ‘Prins Claus’ gladiolus is narrowly upright and has sword-shaped, grey-green leaves. In summer, pure white flowers on 24 inch-flower spikes appear, each with a sharply contrasting raspberry red marking on its lower petals. ‘Prins Claus’ flowers earlier than most gladiolas and is hardy to Watauga. A stunning, fun, and very easy-to-grow cut flower.
‘GREEN STAR’ GLADIOLUS (Biltmore Estate Gladiolus). This sensational gladiolus cultivar has very large, showy flowers the color of lime sherbet. Striking in the garden, carefree, and a florist favorite. Hummingbirds love them! “Gladiolus” is Latin for the “small sword” and refers to the strong shape of the leaves. A great new look for an old garden favorite. Unlike the hardy glads we’re offering in this sale (see “Boone Glad,” “Prins Claus,” “Atom”), this bulb will not be hardy to our winters and will have to be lifted and stored.
‘ATOM’ HARDY GLADIOLUS. Wonderful, easy-to-grow hardy heirloom glad with bright eye-catching blooms, and hummingbirds love it! The petite, picotee-edged ‘Atom’ glad has been cultivated since 1946, and it may forever change the way you look at glads. The flowers are brilliant red cooled by the finest edging of silvery white. Frankly, it’s delightful, and a far cry from florist glads. Gardeners in Ohio (zone 5) report that this glad not only survives the winter, but doubles.
‘KARMA AMANDA’ DAHLIA. ‘Karma Amanda’ is a decorative type dahlia with very balanced branching and petals of various shades of soft pink that will blend with many other colors in the summer garden The creamy pink flowers are huge, and the petals are outlined in darker pink. Strong straight stems and nice foliage too.
‘GUITAR MAN’ DAHLIA. Your will sing like a rock star when you see the unusual flowers on this dahlia – deep crimson fringed in white. Flowers are broad, generally flat or slightly twisted and usually bluntly pointed. This beautiful dahlia is the workhorse of the summer garden. Excellent garden and container plant. Lift the bulbs in Fall and store in paper bags or peat moss. Dahlia bulbs multiply for dependable and colorful additions to your garden year after year.
‘BISHOP OF LLANDAFF’ DAHLIA. Stunning, classic heirloom dahlia introduced in 1924 and named for Bishop Hughes of Llandaff, Wales. Unusual, dark mahogany foliage and an abundance of anemone-type garnet red flowers. Excellent garden and container plant. Lift the bulbs in Fall and store in paper bags or peat moss. Dahlia bulbs multiply for dependable and colorful additions to your garden year after year.