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Fall Bulbs

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Fall bulbs aren't really well 'fall bulbs' - it's only called that because we plant them in fall for a spring display.  And what's more, some of these fall 'bulbs' are technically not bulbs at all, they are corms, tubers or rhizomes.  But that's going real technical and most of us common folk just lump them into the category of 'fall bulbs' after all what's intended is for the effect that they give us at the end and classifying them taxonimically isn't something most people are concerned about.

The most commonly planted fall bulbs would be tulips, daffodils, irises and hyacinths.  And as their name suggests, fall is the time to plant them so that they can stay dormant in the cold winter soil (some of these bulbs require a cold snap to bloom well in spring - notably your tulips) and then burst into bloom to herald the arrival of spring!  Some gardeners just use their trowels to dig a hole to plant the bulbs whilst others use a specialized tool called a bulb planter to help with the task.  Still others who can't naturalize the bulbs in their garden will use netting, dig a trench and then place the netting in the soil, refill with well rotted compost and then create holes to plant the bulbs - this makes for easy removal later on after they are past their peak bloom time, you just life the netting and up come the bulbs with no chance of one stray one being left behind!

Fall bulbs need to be planted out about 4-6 weeks before you get frost in your garden.  Most bulbs adore sunlight although you will get some that can cope with the dappled light under deciduous trees.  Ensure that the soil is light and well drained otherwise your bulbs will rot in the ground.

Allium - Azureum

The Allium 'Azureum', 'Allium caeruleum'', a fall planted ornamental onion bulb, produces beautiful uniquely colored sky blue flowers with a diameter of 1.5" This Allium is easy to grow and does well in average to rich, well drained soil. Plant in groups of ten or more for an eye catching focal point. Divide mature clumps in August if areas become overcrowded. Alliums prefer to be dry during their dormancy. The Azureum is ideal for containers, mass plantings, borders, and cut flowers. These plants are rabbit, squirrel, and deer resistant. The Azureum has a bloom period of about 3 weeks and they bloom in late spring to early summer.

Allium - Cowanii

The Allium 'Cowanii, 'Allium neapolitanum', a fall planted ornamental onion bulb, produces beautiful white flowers. The Cowanii is a classic Allium variety, introduced in the 18th century. Allium neapolitanum blooms with graceful clusters of white stars. The blooms are pleasantly fragrant and this plant is an easy and prolific addition to the garden. This Allium is easy to grow and does well in average to rich, well drained soil. Plant in groups of ten or more for an eye catching focal point. Divide mature clumps in August if areas become overcrowded. Alliums prefer to be dry during their dormancy. The Allium cowanii is ideal for containers, mass plantings, borders, and cut flowers. These plants are rabbit, squirrel, and deer resistant. The Cowanii has a bloom period of about 3 weeks, and they bloom in late spring to early summer.

Allium - Drumsticks

The Allium 'Drumsticks', 'Allium sphaerocephalon', a fall planted ornamental onion bulb, produces beautiful crimson-purple flowers. It has showy, deep purple - crimson florets form large oval flower clusters atop sturdy stems. It is striking in the mixed border or rock garden, especially with yellow daylilies. Drumsticks multiply rapidly in sunny, rich, well - drained soil. The blooms are pleasantly fragrant and this plant is an easy and prolific addition to the garden. Plant in groups of ten or more for an eye catching focal point. Divide mature clumps in August if areas become overcrowded. Alliums prefer to be dry during their dormancy. The Allium Drumsticks is ideal for containers, mass plantings, borders, and cut flowers. These plants are rabbit, squirrel, and deer resistant. Drumsticks has a bloom period of about 3 weeks and they bloom in late spring to early summer.

Allium - Gladiator

The Allium 'Gladiator', 'Allium', a fall planted ornamental onion bulb, produces beautiful violet - blue flowers. This showy giant produces large, violet-blue globular flowers. Plant them in groups of three or more bulbs for the best effect. They are great for ornamental value and widely used for both landscape and cut flower purposes. The blooms are pleasantly fragrant and this plant is an easy and prolific addition to the garden. Plant in groups of ten or more for an eye catching focal point. Divide mature clumps in August if areas become overcrowded. Alliums prefer to be dry during their dormancy. The Allium Gladiator is ideal for containers, mass plantings, borders, and cut flowers. These plants are rabbit, squirrel, and deer resistant. Gladiator has a bloom period of about 3 weeks and they bloom in late spring to early summer.

Allium - Globemaster

The Allium 'Globemaster', 'Allium albopilosum/elatum', a fall planted ornamental onion bulb, will produce large flowers. This gigantic Allium is a cross breed between Allium albopilosum and Allium elatum. One flower measures 10" across and the flowerin

Allium - Hair

The Allium 'Hair', 'Allium', a fall planted ornamental onion bulb, will produce unique hairy flowers. 'Hair' displays hairy purple and green strands above attractive broad, glaucous leaves. They are great for ornamental value and widely used for both landscape and cut flower purposes. The blooms are pleasantly fragrant, and this plant is an easy and prolific addition to the garden. Alliums will grow in any average soil, doing even better in rich, well-drained soil. To achieve a successful visual effect, 10 to 15 bulbs should be planted close together. Alliums prefer to be dry in their dormancy. The Allium Hair is ideal for containers, mass plantings, borders, and cut flowers. These plants are rabbit, squirrel, and deer resistant. Hair has a bloom period of about 3 weeks and they bloom in late spring to early summer.

Allium - Ivory Queen

The Allium 'Ivory Queen', 'Allium karataviense', a fall planted ornamental onion bulb, will produce large flowers. Ivory Queen is a sport of Allium karataviense and displays dense ivory-white flowers shining above attractive broad, glaucous leaves. The

Allium - Lucy Ball

The Allium 'Lucy Ball', 'Allium', a fall planted ornamental onion bulb, will produce large flowers. This award-winning variety has sweetly scented, dark rosy, lilac flower heads, that are tightly packed and sitting at the top of tall, thick, bare stems

Allium - Miniatures - Mixed Colors

The Allium 'Miniatures Mixed Colors', 'Allium minatures', a fall planted ornamental onion bulb, will produce flowers of assorted colors. These smaller plants work very well as a front border or in a rock garden. They are great for ornamental value and widely used for both landscape and cut flower purposes. The blooms are pleasantly fragrant and this plant is an easy and prolific addition to the garden. Alliums will grow in any average soil, doing even better in rich, well-drained soil. These plants are rabbit, squirrel, and deer resistant. Allium minatures has a bloom period of about 3 weeks and they bloom in late spring to early summer.

Allium - Moly

The Allium 'Moly', 'Allium', a fall planted ornamental onion bulb, will produce yellow flowers. The Molly is a profusely flowering, bright yellow allium species. Its gray-green leaves remain attractive for a fairly long period. The blossoms come in clu

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