Many visitors to PowellsWood in spring comment about the many bulbs on display at the garden. Here’s a look at some of the types of bulbs we plant at PowellsWood…
We plant daffodils with different bloom times to ensure daffodils will be in bloom all spring long. We order bulbs that start blooming in early-season (March), so they will be in bloom when PowellsWood opens to the public at the first of April. We also order bulbs that bloom in mid-season (April) and in late-season (May).
Here are some of our favorites:
We are especially happy with Narcissus ‘Mount Hood,’ an all-white bloomer that holds its bloom a long time. They are also a Great Plant Pick (http://www.greatplantpicks.org/plantlists/view/1031).
We also like the diminutive Narcissus ‘Tête-à-tête.’ Their small size makes them a good choice to tuck into containers and any other space in the garden where we would like to add a bit of color. Tête-à-têtes also seem to bloom a long time, and because they are small, are not so messy when they die back. These are also a Great Plant Pick (http://www.greatplantpicks.org/plantlists/view/1033).
Another favorite is Narcissus ‘Thalia,’ an elegant white bloomer, and another Great Plant Pick (http://www.greatplantpicks.org/plantlists/view/1034).
We have been planting more alliums over the past few years to add more of a vertical element to the garden. The alliums we’ve planted include ‘Gladiator,’ ‘Ambassador,’ aflatunense ‘Purple Sensation,’ and ‘Globemaster.’ Alliums, with their tall colorful globes, add a magical touch to the garden. Plus, their flower “wands” continue to add visual interest to the garden long after they bloom.
Visitors to the garden often ask about the Leucojum ‘Gravetye Giant,’ wondering what it is. This plant’s large bell-shaped blooms light up the garden in spring. These are another Great Plant Pick (http://www.greatplantpicks.org/plantlists/view/895).