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It’s About Spring!

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2 0 2 0 S P R I N G D I S P L A Y S C A T A L O G fo r F A L L P L A N T I N G


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elcome to the SpringDisplays catalog of flowerbulbs for fall planting and spring bloom.

All items have been tested to give you a spectacular spring show. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

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CONTENTS Tulip Blends Cubed Tulip Blends

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Tulip Singles

50

Wild Tulips

66

Tulip BedSpreadsÂŽ

70

Daffodils for Naturalizing

74

Golden Daffodils

77

Landscape Daffodils

81

Daffodil Blends

89

Double Daffodils Please make your selections early to ensure Uncommon Daffodils your choices are available and can be delivered Miniature Daffodils in time for planting this fall.

If you have any questions, contact your landscape professional.

On the cover: Much NicenessÂŽ page 34

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94 99 107

Budget Daffodils

111

Hyacinths

113

Specialty Bulbs

118

Alliums

128

Amaryllises

132

Paperwhites

138

Planting Tools

139

Planting Information

140


SOLD OUT Wellspring

A broad blend of closely related tulips in shades that vary from cherry red to purple to mauve, some with creamy accents. Thirsty for color after a long winter? Here is the cool refreshment your eyes are longing for. Introduced 2017

Item No

1574 Blend % 6 varieties

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20–22”

SOLD OUT Mood Indigo

Royal purple and pure glistening white make a blend that is elegant, serene, dignified, even noble. The strong contrast gets attention without shouting and rewards the eye with its depth and crispness. Introduced 2013

Item No

1242 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20–24”

50/50

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Tulip Blends

Blends are choreographed displays that will change how you think about tulips. Bulbs come pre-mixed in bags of 100. Just plant in fall, enjoy in spring.

Four-Star

Tulips are just flowers, but they can call to mind a host of other things. For the SpringDisplayer in chief, this blend evokes ribbons worn by a senior officer. You can form your own associations, or simply enjoy the great spring display. Introduced 2020

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Item No

1485 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20-24�

34/33/33


The Rainbow Coalition ®

Here is one of those color arrangements only tulips can bring. Orange opens first, then red joins in, and purple closes ranks. In the end, the three bloom together for as long as a fortnight. A delicious three-act show! Introduced 1997

Item No

1247 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

18–22”

34/33/33

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SOLD OUT My Three Suns

A blend of fraternal triplets, each a variation on a beautiful theme. Their perfect harmony of color, shape and timing can be mesmerizing. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself circling their bright spring display. Introduced 2010

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Item No

1481 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

22–24”

34/33/33


Lava ®

A radiant fiery red combined with a rich red-yellow. The warm color of the solid red is repeated in the two-toned variety, giving an overall glowing effect. Seen from far or near, they create a sensation. Introduced 1998

Item No

1215 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

22–24”

50/50

SOLD OUT Apples to Oranges

A blend of early, compact tulips in pumpkin orange and fire engine red. Although the plants are short, the flowers are big, and so is their impact in the landscape. Excellent where early color is needed or tall tulips must be avoided. Introduced 2019

Item No

1297 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

12–14”

50/50

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Purdy ®

The beauty of this blend is its simplicity. Red, yellow, purple. These are colors tulips do perfectly. These are colors people love instinctively. Almost 20 years on, Purdy remains a customer favorite. Introduced 2001

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Item No

1237 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20–24”

34/33/33


Celebration

Tall, sturdy, Darwin Hybrid tulips in red, yellow and soft orange. If one must endure winter, oughtn’t there to be a reward on the other side? Here you go: Plant in fall, rejoice in spring. Introduced 1994

Item No

1245 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

22–24”

34/33/33

SOLD OUT Flama Verna

Winter can be long. Winter can be hard. Winter can be drab. When spring finally arrives, the desire for color is strong. Even lovers of pastels will indulge in a primal cheer. This blend is for all winter survivors. Burn, baby, burn! Introduced 2018

Item No

1203 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

22–24”

34/33/33

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SOLD OUT Your Imminence ®

A strong purple blended with a rich rose-pink, both with white accents. The combination seems obvious (“Pink and purple. Of course!”), but that won’t prepare you for the beauty of the music they make together. Introduced 2012

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Item No

1206 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20–24”

50/50


SOLD OUT Trident

Rich purple, bright pink, pure white. Together they make a combination that is saccharine, sugary or just plain sweet. Four out of five SpringDisplayers recommend this mouthwatering trio for their customers who plant blends. Introduced 2016

Item No

1271 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20–24”

34/33/33

SOLD OUT Zephyr

Spring is erratic—one moment blustery and cold, the next so warm that beads of perspiration form on the brow. And then there are those splendid days you long for all winter. That’s the feel this blend delivers, no matter the weather. Introduced 2020

Item No

1478 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

18–24”

50/50

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Perennial Tulips? the straight dope

IT’S A COMMON F RUSTRAT ION: You buy tulip bulbs, plant them in the fall and enjoy a great display in the spring. But the following spring, all you get is a smattering of flowers and maybe a bunch of leaves. “What happened?” you ask yourself. “Aren’t tulips supposed to come back? My grandmother had tulips that bloomed every spring for as long as she could remember. Did I do something wrong?” PAMPERED BEGINNINGS

More than likely, you are not to blame. It’s in the nature of tulips. Most tulips are not strong perennializers in the land­­scape. They don’t flower well the second year after planting. Why don’t tulips come back? The tulip bulbs you buy and plant in the fall have been groomed to bloom. They were raised in sandy Dutch soil and fertilized in just the right measure. When they bloomed in the spring, the flowers were cut off soon after they opened to keep them from drawing too much energy from the bulbs. The leaves were allowed to continue to grow for another six weeks in the famously cool Dutch weather. After going dormant in early summer, the bulbs were dug and stored in a climate-controlled warehouse to mimic a long, hot, bone-dry summer in the mountains of Central Asia, which is where most tulips are native.

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SPLITSVILLE USA

All of this TLC yields a high percentage of flowering-size bulbs, including many topsize bulbs, which measure 12 centimeters in circumference or larger. A topsize bulb can’t get bigger, but it will get smaller, typically by splitting into two or more smaller bulbs. Under less-than-perfect garden conditions, when the bulbs split into smaller bulbs, those smaller bulbs may take years to grow to flowering size. Some may also rot due to heavy soil or excess moisture. And so your breathtaking tulip display dwindles to little or nothing. BUCKING THE ODDS

Despite the obstacles, there are some tulips that are willing (but not guaranteed) to bloom for more than one year. The best known are the Darwin Hybrids, but the Fosterianas, and many of the wild, or species, tulips also have perennial tendencies. They won’t keep going indefinitely, but it’s possible to get two or three reasonable displays from them before you feel the need to replant. You can find a list of these tulips on our website, springdisplays.com, under Tulips, along with tips on encouraging perennial behavior. HONEST TALK

Some bulb companies feature perennial tulips and charge a premium for them. Since repeat performances are never a sure thing, SpringDisplays avoids making promises the bulbs may not keep. We’d rather keep our prices wholesale and our information straight.


The Crusaders ®

A melee of bishop purple and cardinal red tulips. The two colors invigorate each other, creating a spectacle that is impossible to overlook. Introduced 1995

Item No

1250 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20–24”

50/50

Thanks and Praise

Pure white and pure yellow. Nothing could be simpler. Nothing could be more appealing. If you plant this blend, you have a lot to look forward to. These two can go on for what seems like forever. Introduced 2014

Item No

1248 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20–24”

50/50

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Polka Dots ®

What is the recipe for a lively spring display? Try this: pure red, pure white, pure yellow. Combine, blend and plant thickly. SpringDisplays takes care of steps 1 and 2. All you have to do is plant and enjoy. Introduced 2010

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Item No

1483 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

22–24”

34/33/33


SOLD OUT The Tang Dynasty ®

A juicy blend of pure white, yellow and apricot-orange. They will rule your spring display with dignity. Strong growing and can give you a few return years (see page 12 to learn more). Introduced 2005

Item No

1262 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

16–18”

34/33/33

Glow Motion ®

A glowing, ever-changing blend of three Darwin Hybrid tulips in shades of orange and yellow. The colors shift slightly day by day as the flowers mature. The effect, from start to finish, is magic. Introduced 2008

Item No

1209 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

22–24”

34/33/33

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Stop the Car ®

Flamboyant apricot-orange flowers, touched with yellow at the base, open first. Satiny plum-purple blooms soon join in, creating a remarkable blend that will slow them down. Introduced 1996

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Item No

1221 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

18–22”

50/50


SOLD OUT Hot Hot Hot ®

Darwin Hybrid tulips are strong and dependable, and they always create an impact. We blend a scarlet-red with a golden yellow. Excellent for highlights in the border or bold effects in beds, and a great choice for drive-by color. Introduced 1989

Item No

1210 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

22–24”

50/50

SOLD OUT Torch Song ®

A white and two yellows, each of which is feathered red. They recall the “broken” tulips that were all the rage during the Tulipmania that gripped the Netherlands in the 17th century. Easy to see what all the fuss was about. Introduced 2012

Item No

1217 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

18–24”

34/33/33

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SOLD OUT Gentle Giants ®

A blend of four jumbo tulips in shades of pink and peach. They manage to be both robust and delicate at the same time. All have perennial tendencies in the landscape (see page 12 to learn more). Introduced 2009

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Item No

1517 Blend % 4 varieties

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

24–26”


SOLD OUT Dawn to Dusk

The tulip color palette is incredibly broad. Looking for warm? No problem. Prefer cool? Easily done. Somewhere in between? How about: soft yellow (sometimes touched with red), white, deep purple. Yes, you can have it both ways. Introduced 2018

Item No

1211 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20–24”

34/33/33

The Royals ®

A combination of brilliant purple and rich yellow, each color vying for attention. A regal blend with a great range of uses in the landscape. Just look at it! Introduced 1990

Item No

1205 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20–24”

50/50

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Big Ups ® An inviting blend of strong-growing Darwin Hybrid tulips. They welcome all viewers with a hello shout. Some companies offer mixtures to unload seconds and leftovers. Big Ups is a carefully choreographed blend of topsize tulips. Their flowers are large, their colors complementary, their vigor impressive. It’s not unusual for them to repeat their performance for two or three springs (see page 12 to learn more). Introduced 2005

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Item No

1264 Blend % 8 varieties

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

22–24”


BIG UPS IN NEW YORK

Tough tulips for tough situations

The Darwin Hybrid tulips that make up the Big Ups blend are dependable even in an urban environment, where they have to cope with blustery winds and sudden changes in lighting (full sun one moment, deep shade the next). And where conditions aren’t so difficult? That’s when they really shine.

BIG UPS NEAR CHICAGO

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SOLD OUT Sorbetto

Chocolate, mocha and vanilla rule the winter. In spring, you crave something light and fruity. Trouble choosing? Have one scoop each of strawberry, peach and lemon. Go ahead. Splurge. Spring comes but once a year. Introduced 2016

Item No

1272 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

24–26”

34/33/33

Twin Peeks ®

A pair of large-flowered tulips that are as vigorous as they are beautiful. The pink is a rose that shows red tones. The red is softened by a light frosting. They are perfectly compatible and willing to give repeat performances. Introduced 2013

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Item No

1232 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

24–26”

50/50


White Hot ®

A dazzling red with a creamy yellow that matures pure white. The contrast turns the heads of pedestrians, slows traffic and likely causes pilots to reduce their altitude. White opens first but carries on to overlap perfectly with the red. Introduced 1991

Item No

1225 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

18–22”

50/50

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SOLD OUT Miss Confection ®

A sweet combination of a strong reddish pink and a creamy yellow that turns pure white. They bloom earlier than most other large tulips, offering a delicious preview of the parade of color to come. Introduced 2006

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Item No

1270 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

16–18”

50/50


SOLD OUT Pinkster

Fresh colors for the season of renewal—pink, yellow and white. These tulips start early, when the weather tends to be cool, and that helps them hold up longer than most. They will put a spring in your step after a long winter. Introduced 2012

Item No

1214 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

16–18”

34/33/33

Mira Mira

Soft colors are not synonymous with subtlety. When this pink and yellow blend peaked in the SpringDisplays trial garden, cars slowed, pedestrians gawked and a hardened staff member squealed with delight. Pretty powerful stuff. Introduced 2015

Item No

1256 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

24–26”

50/50

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Pink Margarita ®

Two bright and beautiful Darwin Hybrid tulips. They are always the life of the garden party. Use this blend where you want to attract notice. It will not disappoint. Introduced 1995

Item No

1234 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20–26”

50/50

Judy Beauty A gaggle of closely related tulips in bright, fresh colors. Imagine coming upon a large bed of these lovelies in their glory. We don’t swoon in the 21st century, but you might want to keep smelling salts handy, just in case. Introduced 2020

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Item No

1479 Blend % 6 varieties

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20-22”


SOLD OUT Smooch

The cosmetics industry employs a small army of chemists to do what this blend does naturally and effortlessly. Deep, rich rose and cool soft pink. If you’re looking for spring landscape enhancement, you’re in the right place. Introduced 2017

Item No

1279 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

16–18”

50/50

Tukano

Parrot tulips are strange birds. Looking for shapely? Elegant? Refined? Skip on. If, on the other hand, you have a penchant for the romantic, the exotic, the extravagant, these are exactly the flowers your heart desires. Introduced 2020

Item No

1484 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

18-20”

34/33/33

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Petal Pushers ®

Big double tulips in primary colors: red, yellow and purple (standing in for blue). They make a blend that is simple, cheerful and eye-catching. Best in full sun. Introduced 2008

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Item No

1238 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

18–20”

34/33/33


Vital Signs

Two doubles—one a cherry-red, the other a bright white with touches of cream and green—burst into bloom just when your spirits could use a lift. The ambulance you called in winter has finally pulled into the garden. Spring is here. Introduced 2016

Item No

1267 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

16–18”

50/50

Chiquita Bordeaux

Double tulips in bright yellow and silvery purple. The flowers are large and densely petaled, much like those of peonies. But peonies don’t make these colors or bloom so early. Intrigued passersby will be drawn in for a closer look. Introduced 2001

Item No

1283 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

18–20”

50/50

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SOLD OUT Merry Go Round

What is it about purple and orange? An artist would say that they are opposite each other on the color wheel and therefore complementary. The less technical term used by clients, customers and the man on the street: “Wow!” Introduced 2014

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Item No

1246 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

16–24”

34/33/33


SOLD OUT Diamond Touch

A trove of multifaceted double tulips in amethyst, rose and sparkling white. They have a calming effect on the spring landscape. Bold hues are prized after a long winter, but even a color-hungry eye appreciates a cool respite. Introduced 2019

Item No

1461 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

16–18”

34/33/33

SOLD OUT Vitamin See ®

As a SpringDisplayer might say: Man does not live by red alone. And with so many colors to choose from, why should he? This spring tonic comprises a fluffy lemon yellow, a hefty pumpkin orange and, flying above, a lily-like purple. Introduced 2016

Item No

1273 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

16–24”

34/33/33

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Lipsticks

The range of choice at the cosmetics counter makes the head spin. But when all is said and done, pink and red are the basic options. They look great together, and they do marvelous things for the spring landscape. Introduced 2001

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Item No

1475 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20–22�

50/50


SOLD OUT Sol Array

Red, yellow-and-red, and purple. These big double tulips do more than capture the energy of the sun; they intensify it. Caution: Prolonged viewing may damage the naked eye. Protective eyewear recommended. Introduced 2014

Item No

1442 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

18–20”

34/33/33

Binary Fusion

Huge double tulips borne on long, arching stems. The extra petals give the blooms extra punch: They put on a show that cannot and will not be missed. Plant some for cutting, as well. These flowers make incredible bouquets. Introduced 2009

Item No

1294 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

18–20”

50/50

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SOLD OUT Much Niceness ®

This blend looks like something you’d see on the dessert cart at a posh restaurant. The pastry chef has created something light and sweet to tempt you. A pity to take a fork to it. All you want to do is marvel at her exquisite composition. Introduced 2012

Item No

1219 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

18–24”

34/33/33

SOLD OUT Pillow Talk

A soft rose with white and a creamy yellow touched with pink. The semi-double flowers open to wide, shallow bowls. Give this beautiful combination pride of place, and plant thickly. (Shown here with grape hyacinths, page 125.) Introduced 2000

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Item No

1464 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

16–18”

50/50


SOLD OUT Metamorphic

The miracle of tulips: In fall, you plant what look like stones. In spring, you get “gorgeous!” This blend of purple, rich pink, and blush-white doubles takes time to deliver on its promise, but man is it worth the wait. Introduced 2017

Item No

1453 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

18–20”

34/33/33

SOLD OUT Beyond Baroque

Beautifully constructed blooms of pink, purple and a hard-todescribe color that falls somewhere in between. They are so large, so full, so ornate that they look more like a 17th-century Dutch still life than they do a tulip blend. Introduced 2017

Item No

1455 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

16–20”

34/33/33

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SOLD OUT Gemini II

A cool and companionable pair: a white, edged and speckled with purple, and a lovely soft pink. Easy on the eye and yet very showy. Plant thickly to smother a bed, or cluster among perennials in a mixed border. Introduced 2015

Item No

1447 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20–24”

50/50

SOLD OUT Calm Cool Collective

A multilevel tulip display consisting of a white, a reddish purple and, pulling everything together, a purple edged with white. This is a great example of what tulip blends can do for the spring landscape: 1 + 1 + 1 = 4! Introduced 2018

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Item No

1456 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

18–24”

34/33/33


Arrow Space

T-minus 6 months. The bulbs are in. Winter descends. At last, the thaw. Leaf tips appear. 40 days and counting. The foliage grows thick. 25 days. Flower stems emerge. 15 days. The buds color white and red. 7 days. And finally: Liftoff! Introduced 2018

Item No

1432 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20–24”

50/50

SOLD OUT See View Plait ®

Three stunning tulips—a silvery pink, a mauve and a purple with a sparkling white edge—interweave in perfect harmony. They deserve a prominent location where people may stop to admire them. Introduced 2006

Item No

1472 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

18–22”

34/33/33

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Critical Mass ®

Blending tulips is a little like mixing chemicals. Get it wrong and nothing happens, or maybe too much. Get it right and the colors seem to feed off of each other. This chain reaction of yellow, purplish pink and maroon is all good. Introduced 2007

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Item No

1406 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20–24”

34/33/33


SOLD OUT Cakewalk ®

Orchestrating tulip displays is hard. You have to juggle bloom times, heights, shapes and colors. Great ideas on paper are often flops in the landscape. Better to plant blends like this one. Easy, beautiful and foolproof. Introduced 2011

Item No

1403 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20–24”

34/33/33

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SOLD OUT Jacques and Jill ®

If you were to imagine mauve-pink and orange in combination, you might think twice, but when you see them, you understand how beautifully they work together. These tulips have fantastic color synergy. Introduced 2009

Item No

1525 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20–22”

SpringDisplays: W H AT YO U S E E I S W H AT YO U G ET SpringDisplays selections are developed, planted, evaluated, photographed and presented in this catalog and at springdisplays. com. As simple as some blends appear, they are the distillation of much trial and error. SpringDisplays has done its homework so you don’t waste your time and money trying to figure it out. Our sole mission is to help you put on great spring displays. You can order and plant SpringDisplays with complete confidence. Accept no substitutes. Go with the real thing. Plant SpringDisplays Wholesale Flowerbulbs. THE RAINBOW COALITION ® PAGE 5

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SOLD OUT Happy Together

This blend fires on all cylinders. The colors—yellow, orange and pink—play off of each other. Bloom overlap is very close. And the small differences in height and shape provide vitality. What’s not to like? Introduced 2014

Item No

1443 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20–24”

34/33/33

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Sultans of Spring ®

These long and lovely tulips bring royalty to the garden. As cut flowers, they have no rival: Few tulips give as much pleasure as they unfold their beauty in a vase. Whether you cut them or leave them, you will adore them. Introduced 2004

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Item No

1408 Blend % 4 varieties

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

26–30”


SOLD OUT Carnaval

Light and bright, cheerful and happy. These tulips hold a party wherever they are planted and welcome everyone to join in. You can almost hear the cry of trumpets, the pulsing beat, see the floats and the crowds dancing in the street. Introduced 2013

Item No

1439 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20–25”

34/33/33

SOLD OUT Parrot Blend

Parrot tulips make terrific cut flowers. We placed an arrangement of our three-color blend in the front window of the Amsterdam Tulip Museum, and everyone stopped to see if they were real! Sensational in the garden, too. Introduced 2005

Item No

1417

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

14–16”

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SOLD OUT French Blend

An all-color mixture of long-stemmed tulips, bright as lantern globes and nearly as large. We suggest you plant them for use in flower arrangements. They’re also terrific in the garden. Each bag contains at least 7 different varieties. Introduced 2003

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Item No

1414 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

23–25”

All Colors


SOLD OUT French Blend Rose

This is a stunning blend of large, florist-grade tulips in shades of pink, rose and apricot. Plant these, and next spring you and your friends and neighbors will know the simple pleasure of having a bouquet of home-grown tulips. Introduced 2005

Item No

1411 Blend % 5 varieties

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

23–25”

SOLD OUT Sherbet ®

Soft violet-mauve makes a delicious pairing with a pearly pink that gradually turns to apricot. When the sun hits them, they become even sweeter. Introduced 2002

Item No

1421 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20–24"

50/50

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Cubed Tulip Blends

Cubed blends comprise an early, mid and late variety to give you an extended run of spring bloom. Flowering is sequential, but overlap is common, and welcome.

Yellow Cubed

Three succeeding rounds of yellow tulips. Excellent where a long run of color is needed. Also useful for cutting: When one bouquet fades, another can be harvested. For a dense display, plant the bulbs closely—just a few inches apart. Introduced 2006

Item No

1514 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

16–25”

34/33/33

SOLD OUT Pink Cubed ®

Pink to the third power—early, mid and late. The display begins at daffodil time and continues until the alliums start. Along the way, there is plenty of color and plenty of spring flowers for cutting. Introduced 2008

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Item No

1515 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

16–25”

34/33/33


Red–Yellow Cubed

A three-act circus in one ring. Each pyrotechnic show rolls seamlessly into the next, drawing applause from family members, neighbors and passing motorists, all of whom will be amazed at your horticultural prowess. Introduced 2008

Item No

1516 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

16–25”

34/33/33

Red Cubed

A blend of three red tulips that bloom in succession. They provide three overlapping shows in the same space, increasing your pleasure exponentially. Since the bulbs don’t all bloom at once, plant thickly for a full display. Introduced 2006

Item No

1512 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

16–25”

34/33/33

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SOLD OUT White Cubed

A rolling display of three white tulips. Each starts creamy yellow and matures pure white. As with the other cubed blends, it’s best to plant thickly, since flowering comes in waves, one-third at a time. Introduced 2009

Item No

1513 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

16–25”

34/33/33

SOLD OUT Threedom

Three distinct oranges for a warm spring show. The vaseshaped early tulip is soft orange. The mid bloomer is a gold and red double that reads from a distance as fiery orange. The finale is a lily-flowered tulip in sunset shades. Introduced 2009

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Item No

1518 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

18–24”

34/33/33


SOLD OUT Trifecta

A race to bloom that’s never in doubt. Red is always first, followed by yellow, with purple third but by no means last. This blend of tulips is a sure bet. To ensure a good run, plant the bulbs closely—just 2–3 inches apart. Introduced 2011

Item No

1583 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

16–24”

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SOLD OUT Triathlon ®

There’s a new competition at the beauty pageant next spring: endurance. Yellow starts, soft orange follows and burgundy leans across the finish line. Despite the effort that goes into this event, none of these beauties breaks a sweat. Introduced 2011

Item No

1581 Blend %

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

16–24”

34/33/33

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Tulip Singles

Sometimes a single variety is what you need. Here you’ll find a broad selection of tulips: early to late, short to tall and in almost every color save blue.

Beauty of Spring

This tulip lives up to its name. The large flowers are soft yellow, feathered with red along the edges of the petals. Striking whether planted en masse, clustered here and there in a perennial bed or arranged in a vase.

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Item No

1302

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

22–24”


Gudoshnik

A remarkable tulip loved for its variegated blooms. The flowers vary from an almost plain creamy peach to a deep rich red, with all possibilities in between. A wealth of colors that has to be seen to be believed. Gudoshnik means “artist” in Russian.

Item No

1252

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

22–24”

Cretaceous

Enormous double blossoms of buttercup-yellow touched with varying amounts of scarlet. In some cases, the markings are so heavy a flower approaches red. How large is “enormous”? Join your hands to make a bowl. They are that big.

Item No

1286

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

18–20”

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Best Pink

Magnificent, vivid pink tulips on stout stems. Flowers grow to enormous size. Unsurpassed for borders and mass plantings. Strong perennial tendencies. This variety is also known as Pink Impression.

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Item No

1505

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

24–26�


Best Red

Vivid poppy-red. A vigorous tulip of great substance and radiant color that is sure to attract attention from a distance. One of the best red landscape tulips.

Item No

1501

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20–24”

Best Yellow

A rich golden yellow tulip, impressive both for the size of its flowers and their longevity. Best landscape tulip in its class. It can light up a garden, the entrance to a building or an entire traffic median.

Item No

1502

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20–24”

Best White

Large flowers open creamy yellow and soon turn pure white, retaining just a glimmer of yellow at the base. Strongest white in the world of tulips. In a sunny spot, it can come back and bloom for several springs (see page 12 to learn more).

Item No

1506

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

16–18”

Best Purple

Deep purple blooms with a satin finish. A sturdy and dependable garden tulip that’s clearly the best solid purple around. Combines wonderfully with lighter-colored flowers. Especially nice with yellows, whites and pinks.

Item No

1504

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20–22”

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Banja Luka

Huge blooms of marigold yellow feathered deep orange-red. A brilliant and sturdy variety, very showy to say the least. This tulip is a movie star.

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Item No

1239

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

18-20�


Daydream

Among the wonders of the world of tulips. The flower starts a clear lemon-yellow. As the bloom expands, the color shifts to rich apricot-orange. This changeable flower will give you a reason to wake up in the morning.

Item No

1508

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

22–24”

Best Red–Yellow

A red tulip brushed with yellow at the margin. When lit by the sun, it sets the spring landscape ablaze, and in a pool of grape hyacinths (page 125), it absolutely sizzles.

Item No

1507

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

22–24”

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Big Eartha ®

A spectacular pink tulip, so large and vigorous it’s hard to believe it’s real. As the flowers expand, their sumptuous pink satin slowly deepens to a rich rose. Can return for several springs (see page 12 to learn more).

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Item No

1227

Bulb Size

14cm+

Height

24–26”


Big Red

Large red goblets with a silvery sheen are lifted skyward on thick stems. Where bold is called for, Big Red is an excellent choice. It can dominate a spring landscape.

Item No

1229

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

24–26”

SOLD OUT Big Apricot

A sibling of Big Eartha, with a heavy apricot tone. It’s a monster grower with huge, long-lasting flowers. One of the largest Darwin Hybrid tulips available. Makes a big impact in the landscape.

Item No

1228

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

24–26”

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Flair

Bright red-and-yellow blooms that catch fire in the sun. This tulip has many good characteristics: large flowers, a strong constitution and an exceptionally long bloom time. Starts with the daffodils in early spring and goes on and on.

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Item No

1016

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

14–16�


Constantinople

This variety is a throwback to the “needle” tulips prized by the sultans of the Ottoman Empire. It has the narrow-waisted, vase shape of a lily-flowered variety, but the tips of the petals taper to sharp points. Distinctive and beautiful. Limited supply. SpringDisplays exclusive.

Item No Bulb Size Height

1765 11-12cm 22-26”

SOLD OUT

Scarlet Baby

Starry red flowers, tinted pink, with a buttery base. They open bright and early in the spring, providing a welcome jolt of color. Scarlet Baby blooms at only half a foot tall, but its intensity makes it seem big.

Item No

1060

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

6–8”

SOLD OUT

Amazon

A planting of this striking tulip resembles a flock of tropical birds. The arching orange petals, which look as though they have been dipped in yellow paint, flutter over purple-striped foliage. When the sun hits them, they glow.

Item No

1010

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

16–18”

SOLD OUT

Orange Queen

A beautiful orange with red tones, touched here and there with yellow. In spring sunshine, a bed of Orange Queen burns like a four-alarm fire. When the first responders arrive, you’ll have some explaining to do.

Item No

1259

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

22–24”

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SOLD OUT Moris Gudanov

Moris Gudanov has big, beefy blooms filled with peach and red petals that are sometimes streaked, sometimes solid, but always appetizing. One flower could feed a family of four.

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Item No

1254

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

18–20�


SOLD OUT Akebono

Akebono is a full-figured tulip from Japan. The name means (roughly) “bright sky at daybreak.” The semi-double flowers are big, but their pale yellow coloring, often touched with red and green, gives them surprising lightness and grace.

Item No

1310

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

18–20”

SOLD OUT Aveyron

Large double blooms of what might be called antique pink, neither soft nor strident, shading to near white at the petals’ edges. Each is a marvel of floral construction. Once upon a time, women wore hats that approached this level of detail.

Item No

1962

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

18–20”

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SOLD OUT Angélique

Candy for the eye: a late-flowering double that combines soft pink and white in near endless variety. Angélique has frequently been declared one of the most beautiful of all tulips.

Item No

1055

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

15–17”

SOLD OUT Tom Pouce

This lovely tulip takes its name from a popular Dutch pastry. It is bright pink above, soft creamy yellow toward the base. Especially delicious when the sun hits it just so. Tom Pouce needs no accompaniment. Just plant in fall, savor in spring.

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Item No

1135

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20–22”


Yume no Murasaki

A purple lily-flowered tulip that lasts an exceptionally long time, both in the garden and in arrangements. On sunny days, its petals open wide to reveal a contrasting white base. Combines well with many mid and late tulips.

Item No

1751

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

22–24”

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Budlight

SpringDisplays has been asked to name several tulips over the years. This isn’t one of them. Graceful yellow flowers, edged white at the tips of the petals. Especially lovely early and late in the day. We might have called it “starstruck.” That’s how you’ll feel when you see it.

Item No

1767

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

18-20”

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Elegant Lady Shapely lily-like tulips of creamy white brushed with mauve-pink and touched with yellow at the base. Perhaps the latest tulip in this catalog to bloom. Your patience will be rewarded.

Item No

1630

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

22–24”

Queen of Night

Queen of Night is as close to black as a tulip is likely to get. It’s actually a very deep maroon. Combines nicely with other late tulips, including Aveyron (page 61), Menton (page 64) and Virichic (available at springdisplays.com).

Item No

1500

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

22–24”

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Clearwater

Goblet-shaped flowers open with a touch of yellow but quickly mature pure white. They are long lasting, combining well with both mid and late bloomers. You might call Clearwater the utility infielder of white tulips. In a world dominated by prima donnas, that’s high praise.

Item No

1712

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

20-22”

SOLD OUT

Menton

Menton is a rich pink with orange highlights that give it a hint of warmth. It looks beautiful on its own and combines easily with any of the other French tulips. Great for cutting, too.

Item No

1619

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

23–25”

SOLD OUT

Mrs. Scheepers

Mrs. John T. Scheepers is the original French tulip. All of the other French varieties are descended from it. The explanation for the extra-long stems and extralarge flowers? Mrs. Scheepers and her kin have double the chromosomes of a typical tulip.

Item No

1638

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

23-25”

Dordogne

A lovely multicolored tulip that seems to change its hue with the light. Is it pink brushed with orange? Yes. Did I see a hint of yellow in there? Probably. Today it’s salmon. Am I going nuts? No! Relax and enjoy the show.

Item No

1623

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

23–25”

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SOLD OUT


SOLD OUT Blushing Lady

Very large yet supremely elegant flowers of pale yellow, brushed with rose on the exterior. When closed, they have a quiet sculptural quality. In the sun, with their petals unfurled, they look like a flock of exotic birds taking flight.

Item No

1556

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

26–30”

Temple’s Favourite

Huge orange blooms, flushed with purplish pink, nod toward the sun on thick stems. There’s nothing else like them in the world of tulips. Excellent for cutting.

Item No

1555

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

26–30”

El Niño

This tulip is beautifully indecisive. Its flowers can be amber or orange, or both at the same time, often overlaid with stripes of rose and speckles of red. No two flowers are exactly alike. Plant in quantity to see the full range of possibility. El Niño can set a bed on fire.

Item No

1701

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

26–30”

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Wild Tulips

The forebears of the big hybrids. Planted in a sunny, well-drained location, they can come back for two or three years. All of our bulbs are from commercially grown stock.

SOLD OUT Aladdin’s Carpet

Wild tulips fit so easily into informal landscapes that they look as though nature herself planted them. This blend combines six of these beauties with three muscari and a dwarf daffodil for a colorful, long-running display. Introduced 2006.

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Item No Bulb Size Height

6050 Topsize 4–12"


Bakeri Lilac Wonder Dainty lilac-pink flowers with deep yellow centers glow like beacons on a sunny spring day. Every garden should include at least a hundred of these little beauties. The species is native to the island of Crete.

Item No Bulb Size Height

1011 6–7cm 8–10”

SOLD OUT

Tinka

Soft yellow flowers with broad stripes of currant red on the outer petals. They open broadly in the sun to make a constellation of creamy stars. Plant thickly for impact, or cluster in tight bouquets. A hybrid of Tulipa clusiana, which is native to Afghanistan and Tibet.

Item No Bulb Size Height

1035 6–8cm 10–12”

Tarda

Clusters of yellow star-shaped flowers, edged white. Plant the bulbs closely to create a glittering spring carpet. Given a sunny spot and good drainage, this little tulip has the ability to bloom for several years. Tien-Shan Mountains, China.

Item No Bulb Size Height

1025 8–9cm 5–7”

SOLD OUT

Praestans Shogun

The flowers are a beautiful but hard-to-describe color—pumpkin, perhaps, with light red speckles— and are carried several per stem, forming little bouquets. On sunny days, they reveal blue-black stamens. The species can be found in Tajikistan.

Item No Bulb Size Height

1036 10cm+ 11–13”

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SOLD OUT Wildfyre

A pair of multiflowered wild tulips that light up the landscape like a conflagration. Plants are compact (just a foot tall) and bloom earlier than the big hybrids. Space the bulbs closely to create a glowing carpet of spring color. Introduced 2016

Item No Bulb Size Height

1266 Blend % 10cm+ 11-13”

Turkestanica

Small white flowers with gold eyes borne 4–8 to a stem. Plant the bulbs thickly, and they will make a starry mass of bloom. Easy to grow and a good stayer. As the name indicates, this species is native to Turkestan.

Item No

1024

Bulb Size

8cm+

Height

9–11”

Tubergen’s Gem Scarlet buds open to yellow stars. Mass them for a cheery sight that can repeat itself for a year or three. Tubergen’s Gem is a selection of Tulipa clusiana, which makes its home in Afghanistan and Tibet.

Item No Bulb Size Height

68

1026 5–6cm 8–10”

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PLANTING

LARGE In the flowerbulb world, bigger is better. That’s because large bulbs produce more or larger flowers than small bulbs. When purchasing bulbs, always ask what size bulb you are getting. SpringDisplays only delivers size 12cm circumference tulip bulbs or larger. The flowers produced by small bulbs (10–11cm or 11–12cm) will look small next to flowers from 12cm+ tulips. Why go to all the effort of planting only to spoil the end effect by using smaller bulbs? Your savings will be negligible and much of the time and effort spent planting will seem wasted. Larger tulip bulbs simply produce superior plants with more impressive flowers.

SPRINGDISPLAYS BULBS

FROM ANOTHER SOURCE

With daffodils, large bulbs will give you 2–3 flower stems in the spring, smaller bulbs just one. The definition of “large” for a daffodil is harder to pin down, because some daffodils naturally make bigger bulbs than others. But given the choice between a 16cm bulb and a 12–14cm bulb, you (or your client) will be happier with the display from the 16cm bulb. The larger bulb appears to be expensive, but it’s actually more economical than a small bulb if you count the flowers you get. And isn’t the purpose of planting bulbs to have a great spring display with lots of flowers? Here we show SpringDisplays tulip and daffodil bulbs next to bulbs obtained from another source.

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BedSpreads

®

Want to fill a large area with color? Try a BedSpread®: a blend of four or more varieties that offers a range of colors, bloom times, heights or textures—and often all of the above.

SOLD OUT Chardonnay

This blend evokes the buttery warmth of a well-oaked California chardonnay. A sip is nice, but when a planting comes into its own, you’ll want to don your bathing suit and dive in. Sold in increments of 500 only. Introduced 2016

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Item No

1573

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

22–24”


Prosecco

An effervescent blend of yellow, orange, reddish pink and white. They bloom earlier than most other tulips, providing a welcome splash of color after a long winter. Cincin! Sold in increments of 600 only. Introduced 2017

Item No

1575

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

16–18”

SOLD OUT Vidal

Looking to increase the wattage of your spring display? Consider this blend of whites and creams, accented here and there with green. At dawn and dusk, it shimmers, sparkles and shines. Sold in increments of 500 only. Introduced 2018

Item No

1577

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

16-24”

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KING-SI Pinotage Item No

1571

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

18-24"

SOLD OUT

Bouquet Beaucoup Item No

1587

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

16-24"

SOLD OUT


ZE BED? Plant a BedSpread

Silvaner Item No

1578

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

16-22"

SOLD OUT

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Daffodils for Naturalizing

The daffodils on these pages are selected for their vigor and naturalizing capabilities. Their hefty bulbs will produce 2 or more flowers the first spring.

Spring Loaded ®

This mixture makes planting daffodils on a large scale very economical, with no compromise in bulb size. It contains at least 15 proven named varieties, covering the full spectrum of daffodil colors and bloom times. These time-tested beauties will provide a succession of flowers for many springs to come. Introduced 2000 DEER AND RODENT PROOF

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Item No Bulb Size Height

3076 14–16cm 12–18”


The Gold Shoulder ®

A blend of tough, dependable daffodils, one gold, one white with a yellow cup that turns ivory. Both exhibit strong perennial behavior. Given half a day of sun or more and well-drained soil, the bulbs often increase their number. Excellent for landscaping and low-maintenance plantings. Introduced 1997 DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3065

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

16–18”

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SOLD OUT The Top 40

Where more is better, this mixture delivers. It comprises at least 40 different varieties from the best growers in the Netherlands. Included are old favorites but also many fresh faces—some of them new to commerce—and all at a price that allows for expansive planting. Bulbs are large and healthy and guaranteed to please. Introduced 2016 DEER AND RODENT PROOF

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Item No Bulb Size Height

3101 14–16cm 12–18”


nce upon a time, there

was a golden trumpet daffodil named King Alfred. It became so popular that people came to think of it as the golden trumpet. King Alfred was soon superseded by other varieties that grew better and had larger and arguably more attractive flowers, but demand for King Alfred, based mostly on name recognition, persisted even as production steadily declined. Today, people still ask for King Alfred, and sometimes they get it—or think they’ve

gotten it: Bulbs bearing the name King Alfred are almost always those of another variety. King Alfred was a great daffodil in its time, but current production is almost zero. For those seeking an all-gold daffodil today, we offer not one but five great candidates: Carlton (below), Marieke (page 78), Golden Harvest and Gigantic Star (page 79), and Dutch Master (on our website, springdisplays.com). These showy and affordable varieties are the current gold standard-bearers.

Carlton

A two-tone yellow daffodil with a strong perennial nature. Soft yellow petals encircle a large, frilly, golden yellow cup. Carlton is a splendid multiplier that does well pretty much nationwide, including the Deep South. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3006

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

14–16”

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SOLD OUT Marieke

Here is a golden yellow daffodil that stands out in the crowd. Its large flowers are beautifully proportioned, graceful despite their size, nicely scented and very long lasting. The name is pronounced mar–EE–keh. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

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Item No

3010

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

16–18”


Golden Harvest

Golden Harvest is an old-timer but still an incredible daffodil. It makes huge yellow flowers that can be seen for what seems like miles. And if the weather stays cool, they last for what seems like months. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3560

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

16–18”

SOLD OUT Gigantic Star Big, strong, early, perennial. Gigantic Star is what you could call a meat-and-potatoes daffodil. Carlton (page 77) is one of its parents, which explains its durability and why it grows well both North and South. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3562

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

18–20”

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Roadside Yellow ®

You know that spring has arrived when yellow daffodils light up the highways and streetscapes. Here’s a great way to participate in this annual fiesta. Bulbs are packed in bulk and priced accordingly. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

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Item No Bulb Size Height

3737 14–16cm 16–18”


Landscape Daffodils

These daffodils, along with the traditional yellows, form the backbone of a landscape planting. They are floriferous and showy and priced for volume purchases.

Brackenhurst

Yellow petals encircle a cup of intense orange. Excellent for mass planting: Brackenhurst is very showy, even at a distance. Good perennial, too. Six years after planting 25 bulbs, a SpringDisplayer counted 91 flowers. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3060

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

16–18�

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SOLD OUT Cornish King

A Dutch daffodil with English roots and excellent landscape potential in the United States. Its large flowers have white petals and a big yellow trumpet. A standout in the SpringDisplays trial and display gardens. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3619

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

16–18"

Actaea

Sweetly scented, snow-white flowers with scalloped petals and a small flat eye of yellow, edged bright red. Actaea is late by daffodil standards. It is also one of the best for naturalizing. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

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Item No

3017

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

16–18”


SOLD OUT Ice Follies

Very large, silvery white flowers with a wide, lemon-yellow cup that slowly turns to ivory. One of the strongest growers ever and excellent for naturalizing, North and South. We call it “Nice Follies.” DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3040

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

16–18”

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SOLD OUT Pink Charm

White flowers with wide cups that look as though they were dipped in apricot nectar. Pink Charm is a great natural­izer. It’s also very adaptable: It grows well almost everywhere and is the best pink cup for the Deep South. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3053

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

16–18”

SOLD OUT Mount Hood

Mount Hood has been around since the 1930s but remains the best known and most widely grown of the all-white daffodils. A strong performer, North and South. The nose opens creamy yellow and matures an even bright white. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

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Item No

3302

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

14–16”


Pimpernel

Light yellow with a large tangerine cup. Pimpernel has an iron constitution and will thrive in most situations. A big, vibrant landscape daffodil that is also excellent for naturalizing. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3059

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

16–18”

SOLD OUT Thalia

Nodding white flowers, usually 2–3 per stem, with narrow petals and a delicate cup. They have a light, feathery quality. Excellent for massing at the edge of woods or among shrubs. Also grows well in the Deep South. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

3015 14–16cm 13–15”

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Golden Salome

Creamy petals crowned with a golden cup. The flowers like to look upward, as though they are as keen on seeing you as you are them. A vigorous and showy variety. Golden Salome shines brightly, even on cloudy days. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3616

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

14–16”

SOLD OUT

Merels Favourite

Pristine white petals surround a bold yellow cup. The flowers are large, the color contrast striking. Twenty-five Merels Favourite will light up a spring landscape. Half a thousand will be plainly visible in satellite imagery. Hey, Google Maps! DEER AND RODENT PROOF

3615

Item No Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

16–18”

Accent

Accent was a major breakthrough in pink-cupped daffodils when it was introduced over 50 years ago. Many others have since come and gone, a testament to Accent’s enduring appeal and value in the landscape. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

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Item No

3057

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

14–16”


Barrett Browning

The petals are white, the cups orange, turning yellow in the center as the flowers mature. Barrett Browning is excellent for naturalizing, and it performs well all around the country—even in the Coastal South. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3052

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

14–18”

Delibes

Beautiful primrose-yellow flowers with a large, shallow cup that shades to orange at the mouth. A reliable perennial and a good multiplier. Delibes is easy to like. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3042

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

14–16”

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Golden Echo

A sweet-scented jonquil that grows and blooms with abandon. The flowers, which are often borne 2 per stem, have long golden cups. The gold seeps into the white petals (the echo in the name). Long lasting and very fragrant. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

3555 14–16cm 14–16”

Watch Up

This recently introduced trumpet daffodil is big and tall, and as the name suggests, its flowers are inclined to look you in the eye. White petals, with a nose that starts yellow and matures cream. A terrific new landscape daffodil. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

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Item No

3317

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

18–20”


Daffodil Blends

Blending daffodils is even more challenging than blending tulips, but when you come up with a winning combination, it’s worth all the trouble.

SOLD OUT Sunshine Boys

A combination of two bright-colored landscape daffodils that are as durable as they are attractive. Happy Spring to all who plant these stalwart friends. Introduced 2005 DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3750

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

16–18”

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SOLD OUT 3D

This blend of three yellow trumpet daffodils starts the season early and keeps the show rolling, providing a succession of flowers over several weeks. Plant the bulbs closely to ensure a dense display. Introduced 2009 DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3715

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

14–18"

SOLD OUT Funhouse

A blend of two daffodils that do very different things with similar colors and form. They make an interesting and dynamic duo. Introduced 2012 DEER AND RODENT PROOF

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Item No Bulb Size Height

3701 14–16cm 14–16”


SOLD OUT Oh Pairs

This pair of double daffodils provides a lot of bang for the buck. Both are good growers that like to come back year after year, and both make large, long-lasting flowers. They look terrific together, too. Introduced 2008 DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3757

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

14–16”

SOLD OUT Starry Night

Yellow, yellow everywhere… Fine and good, but white allows the designer to set a different mood: clean, serene, restrained. This three-part blend offers a variety of textures but is uncompromisingly white. Introduced 2016 DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

3704 14–16cm 14–18”

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SOLD OUT Gritty Southern Daff Blend

This blend is made up of 10 varieties that grow and bloom well in the Deep South, where many daffodils struggle. They thrive despite heat and humidity, and tolerate heavy soil. Also good in Southern California. Introduced 2011 DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

3761 13–16cm 14–20”

SOLD OUT Charm Offensive

Two sweet-scented doubles in cream and soft yellow. Their fragrance will make you want to get down on all fours to take it in. Concerned about conduct unbecoming a gardener? Cut a few stems instead. Introduced 2016 DEER AND RODENT PROOF

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Item No Bulb Size Height

3703 14–16cm 14–16”


SOLD OUT Evan Scent

Jonquils offer fragrance as well as beauty. When you walk by or bring your nose near, you pick up a sweet perfume. This is a blend of four varieties that complement each other nicely and smell great. Introduced 2008 DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

3710 13–16cm 14–18”

SOLD OUT Golden Earring

A blend of six varieties. All are yellow, but most have an orange accent. Excellent for naturalizing. Terrific massed wherever you want to draw attention. Sold only in units of 300 to ensure a balanced show. Introduced 2017 DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

3770 13–16cm 14–18”

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Double Daffodils

A double daffodil is much more than a single with extra petals. Each bloom is an amazingly intricate confection. You’ll want to cut a few for closer study.

SOLD OUT Queen’s Day

A double yellow named for the Dutch holiday that was long celebrated on April 30. (Now that the Dutch have a king, they celebrate King’s Day—on his birthday, April 27.) Perfect with Hyacinth Purple Sensation (page 117). DEER AND RODENT PROOF

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Item No

3081

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

14–16”


SOLD OUT White Lion

White Lion has white petals interspersed with crepe-like ribbons of soft yellow (the lion’s mane, perhaps). It is an old-timer that continues to be grown because, well, it likes to grow. An attractive and enduring daffodil. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3806

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

14–16”

SOLD OUT Flower Parade

Double white blooms with bright orange petals in the center. Flower Parade is a child of Tahiti (page 97) and exhibits the same vigor and staying power in the landscape. Also makes a beautiful spring bouquet. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3083

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

14–16”

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SOLD OUT Sir Winston Churchill

A double sport of Geranium (page 104), with the fragrance to prove it. Each stem bears clusters of 2–6 white flowers with flecks of orange in the middle. Their scent is fresh and sweet. Great for cutting. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

16cm+

Height

16–18"

To get the most from follow these 4 basic rules Daffodils want to be perennial. All they need is a little help from you.

1

Plant them where they will get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight—even after the trees have leafed out. Daffodils must have lots of sun after they bloom to produce the following year’s flowers.

2

Plant them in soil that drains well. Avoid areas where water stands after a rain storm.

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3

Fertilize very lightly with a low-nitrogen fertilizer, preferably organic, just as the shoots emerge in early spring.

4

After daffodils flower, wait at least 8 weeks— until the leaves turn yellow—before cutting them. Never tie or braid foliage. This year’s leaves = next year’s flowers.

3512

Bulb Size


SOLD OUT Tahiti

Fully double flowers of soft yellow accented by tufts of coppery orange. They stand like torches on strong stems. Tahiti is a favorite among commercial growers in the Netherlands because it grows and flowers so well. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3056

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

14–16”

Acropolis

Glistening white flowers with orange-red segments in the center. They are carried well above the foliage for easy viewing. Lovely in the garden and terrific in a vase, which also allows ready access to their spicy scent. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3805

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

16–18”

SOLD OUT

Delnashaugh

Double creamy white blooms enriched by fluffy peach-pink segments. An uncommon and uncommonly fetching daffodil. It’s also fragrant and long lasting. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3051

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

14–16"

SOLD OUT 97


SOLD OUT Cheerfulness

Each stem bears clusters of 3–4 double, creamy white, very fragrant blooms that are touched with orange in the center. This heirloom (it’s been around since at least 1923) flowers late in the daffodil season. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

3023 14–16cm 14–16"

Yellow Cheerfulness Cheerfulness in soft yellow. Like its paler cousin, it is richly perfumed and, as they say, long in the tooth. But talk about well preserved! Yellow Cheerfulness will look as fresh next spring as it did in the spring of 1937. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

3024 14–16cm 14–16"

SOLD OUT

Peach Cobbler Very large cream flowers, accented with that warm gold that peaches take on when baked. Peach Cobbler looks good enough to eat, as the cliché goes, but you should restrain yourself. Daffodils are bitter to the taste. Enjoy with your eyes only. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3809

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

16-18”

98

SOLD OUT


Uncommon Daffodils

For most people, a daffodil is a yellow trumpet, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Warning! Proceed with caution. Daffodils can become a lifelong passion.

Fellows Favorite

Daffodils do yellow, of course, but this one stands out. Is that pineapple? Chartreuse? Butterscotch? Call it what you want, it is beautiful. And you can expect to see a lot of it. Fellows Favorite is almost ridiculously prolific. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3625

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

16–18"

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SOLD OUT Poeticus Recurvus

Pheasant’s Eye. Breeders have done amazing things with daffodils over the past century, but it would be hard to improve on this wildflower. Graceful, reflexed white petals. Yellow cup ringed with red. Spicy scent. Lovely. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

3402 14–16cm 13–15”

SOLD OUT Pride of Lions

Pride of Lions is a newly minted daffodil with a cup so broad it threatens to obscure the petals. Is that extra-wide cup a quirk or a feature? If you’re looking for a flower that stands out in the landscape, it is just what you want. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

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Item No

3624

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

14–16"


Tom Pouce

This is a daffodil to fall in love with. Creamy yellow petals, apricot cup, white halo where cup and petals meet. Visitors may stop and gawk. No, it’s not polite to stare, but you really can’t blame them. Tom Pouce is adorable. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3629

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

14-16”

SOLD OUT

Joyce Spirit

Joyce Spirit is a recent introduction with a bright future. The petals are white, the cup orange, ringed with yellow at the base. An enthusiastic grower in the Netherlands, Ms. Spirit is eager now to show what she can do on this side of the Atlantic. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3626

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

14–16"

SOLD OUT

Frosty Snow

Frosty Snow provides an evolving display. The broad cup opens yellow throughout. As the days pass, the yellow retreats to the rim before vanishing entirely. No matter when you see it, or how often, this daffodil is interesting, unusual and beautiful. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3628

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

16–18"

Precocious

Precocious is a great Americanbred hybrid with the best pink color to date. It has won several prizes at the Keukenhof display garden in the Netherlands. And like most pink-cupped daffodils, it’s also a strong grower. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3580

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

18–20"

SOLD OUT 101


SOLD OUT Falconet

Sweetly scented, clear yellow flowers with orange cups are borne 3–7 on a stem. Since a bulb typically produces 4 stems, a planting of 25 bulbs can yield 450 flowers or more. That’s a lot of fragrance. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

3058 14–16cm 16–18"

SOLD OUT Avalon

Avalon is what daffodil experts call a reverse bicolor. Its flowers are yellow with a white cup, rather than the other way around. The white grows brighter as the flowers age. Distinctive, yes. Beautiful, too. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

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Item No

3606

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

14–16”


SOLD OUT Pipit

A fragrant jonquil with 2–3 light yellow flowers per stem. The cup matures to pure white. Brings a soft and cool elegance— and a delightful sweet scent—to the spring garden. It also grows well North and South. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

3043 14–16cm 14–16”

Avalanche

A very old (100+ years) daffodil that is still valued for its strong scent and sheer abundance of bloom: Each stem from an established bulb bears 8, 10, sometimes 15 flowers. Thrives in the South and on the West Coast, but can’t take northern winters. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

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Item No Bulb Size Height

14–16cm 14–16"

Kedron

Kedron calls attention to itself, drawing first the eye and then the nose. The petals are an unusual and lovely apricot-yellow. They set off a small, rich orange cup. Close inspection reveals the heavenly jonquil scent. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3549

Bulb Size

13cm+

Height

14–16”

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SOLD OUT Ceylon

Ceylon has everything you could want in a daffodil. Its flowers are upward facing and they hold their color well, even in intense sun. Its bulbs have strong perennial tendencies. An easy choice, North and South. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3064

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

16–18"

SOLD OUT Geranium

A multiflowered daffodil that bears 2–6 deliciously fragrant blossoms per stem. Petals are white, the tiny cups orange. An oldtime favorite and a vigorous and reliable perennial. Also performs well in the South. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

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Item No

3048

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

16–18"


SOLD OUT Cassata

Cassata is a showy daffodil that’s perfect for the border and looks great in broad sweeps. Its split cup opens bright yellow, takes on a soft buttery quality, and finishes ivory. A different and attractive look for early spring. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3520

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

13–15”

Snowboard

The origin of the name is a mystery. Snowboarders tend to be associated with brashness and flamboyance. This flower makes a very different statement: clean, restrained, elegant. And, as white daffodils often are, it is fashionably late. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3627

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

14–16”

SOLD OUT

Bella Estrella

A cross between a split-corona daffodil and a jonquil. From the former, Bella Estrella inherited an open-face smile; from the latter, she got a sweet scent and a propensity to bear two flowers per stem. A charming and fragrant beauty. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

3515 12–14cm 14–16"

SOLD OUT 105


SOLD OUT Monal

Monal may be the earliest and showiest of the yellow-andorange daffodils, flowering when others are just revealing their buds. It is capable of making large clumps over time, providing veritable living bouquets in the garden. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

3623

Bulb Size

16cm+

Height

16–18"

Yellow Ocean

The Dutch grower says this variety grows “like a weed.” Last thing one wants is another weed, but a fragrant multiflowered daffodil that blooms like there’s no tomorrow? That’s the kind of ocean you’ll want to dip your toes into. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

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Item No

3960

Bulb Size

12cm+

Height

13–15"


Miniature Daffodils

Miniature daffodils are adorable and affordable. They’re great for edging a bed or border, lining a walk you use often or adding spring color to a rock garden.

Rapture

Rapture looks like a falcon diving after prey, its petals blown back as it streaks across the sky. A bulb makes several flowers the first spring and can make many more in springs to come, creating whole flocks of graceful raptors. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

3532 12–14cm 12–14"

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Minnow

This little daffodil is one of the delights of spring. It offers at least a pair of bright, cream-and-yellow flowers per stem. The flowers are hardly bigger than a quarter, but somehow they jump out at the eye and raise a smile. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

3047 12–14cm 8–10”

SOLD OUT

W.P. Milner

An heirloom (pre-1869) with nodding blooms that are creamy white with a pale yellow trumpet. It has a natural, almost wild look that suits it to massing around shrubs or along the edges of a groomed landscape. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

3542 10–12cm 7–9"

SOLD OUT

Baby Boomer

A great name for a great little daffodil. Baby Boomer is a child of Avalanche (page 103) and Narcissus jonquilla, which means lots of flowers (up to 9 per stem) and lots of fragrance. Does well in the South, but struggles where winters are long and cold. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

3544 12–14cm 7–9"

SOLD OUT

Sun Disc

A miniature and a late bloomer, with soft yellow, circular flowers that feature a flat golden cup. It is a jonquil and has the sweet fragrance and grass-like foliage of its kin. Looks great planted in bunches near rocks or along a walk. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

108

3202 12–14cm 10–12"

SOLD OUT


SOLD OUT Tête–à–Tête

This little daffodil carries 1–3 yellow flowers per stem. It is valuable for edging a formal bed or brightening a perennial border. Every garden has room for a patch of Tête-à-Tête. (Seen here with Blue Squill, page 121.) DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

3021 12–14cm 7–9”

Segovia

Segovia looks wild. Its dainty, flat-faced flowers consist of white, propeller-like petals and chartreuse cups. Borne on nearly invisible stems, they appear to float above the grasslike leaves. Excellent with shrubs or in a naturalistic garden. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

3611 12–14cm 8–10"

SOLD OUT

Hawera

A small primrose-yellow daffodil that makes up for its size by producing 6–8 flowers on each stem. Use it along a path, at the front of a border, in a rock garden. Planted in a sunny spot, it can flower abundantly for many years. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

3044 10–12cm 8–10"

SOLD OUT 109


SOLD OUT Sailboat

The white petals and pale yellow cups of this sweetly scented, vertically challenged jonquil are attractive on their own. Pair them with the true blue spikes of grape hyacinths (page 125), and magic happens. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

3595 12–14cm 10–12"

Jetfire

Reflexed golden yellow flowers with narrow orange cups. Jetfire is small but prolific. It’s also a very good perennial that can be relied on year after year. Looks great planted in large groups in beds, borders and wild areas. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

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Item No Bulb Size Height

3046 14–16cm 10–12"


Budget Daffodils

Springdisplays prides itself on shipping big bulbs for maximum impact. But if the budget is tight, these smaller, Landscape Size (LS) bulbs be sometimes a great value. Smallcan bulbs make cents

Dutch Master LS

Dutch Master is the most widely grown of the yellow trumpets. Like King Alfred before it, it has become the standard early yellow daffodil. Jumbo-size bulbs available at springdisplays. com. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

3631 12–14cm 16–18"

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Carlton LS

An adaptable and enduring two-tone yellow. Blooms a little later than the other big yellows. For jumbo-size bulbs, see page 77. (Also performs well in the South.) DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

3852 12–14cm 14–16"

SOLD OUT

Fortune LS Yellow with a soft orange cup that turns yellow as the flowers mature. An heirloom that has been lighting up landscapes for almost 100 years. It was once one of the most coveted daffodils in the world. Now available for a song. (Also performs well in the South.) DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

3007 12–14cm 14–16"

SOLD OUT

Ice Follies LS

In much of the United States, Ice Follies is as widely planted as the big yellows. The reason is simple: There is no more vigorous and reliable daffodil than this one. For jumbo-size bulbs, see page 83. (Also performs well in the South.) DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

3853 12–14cm 16–18”

Sealing Wax LS

Golden petals surround a petite cup with a bright orange rim. An attractive flower and easy to appreciate because it almost always faces out or up. Sealing Wax is a daffodil that can hold your gaze. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No Bulb Size Height

112

3863 12–14cm 16–18”

SOLD OUT


Hyacinths

After a winter spent breathing stale indoor air, you can’t help but revel in the sweet scent of hyacinths. But wear gloves when planting the bulbs in the fall. They can make you itch!

SOLD OUT Jambalaya

A spicy blend of five different hyacinths in bright, clear colors. They look tasty and smell heavenly. Plant closely in a large bed or sprinkle them in bunches through the landscape. You really can’t go wrong. Introduced 2006

Item No Bulb Size Height

4055 16–17cm 8–10”

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SOLD OUT Blue Jacket

Perhaps the most useful of all the hyacinths, because its deep purple-blue hue blends easily with almost any color in the spectrum. Combines especially well with early-flowering yellow daffodils. Smells as good as it looks.

Item No Bulb Size Height

4049 16–17cm 8–10”

Fondant

Large heads of clear pink flowers with a white edge emerge from tufts of thick foliage. A welcome sight after a long winter. The sweet scent floats easily from bloom to nose on a light spring breeze.

Item No Bulb Size Height

4050 16–17cm 8–10"

SOLD OUT

Carnegie

White hyacinths shine at dawn and dusk and on cloudy days, and they go well with most other hyacinth colors. Their scent is just what you want after a few months of being cooped up in the house: strong, sweet, refreshing.

Item No Bulb Size Height

114

4047 16–17cm 8–10"

SOLD OUT


SOLD OUT Scentsimilla

Pastel blue, pink and yellow. The softness of the colors belies the intensity of the fragrance. A hundred flowers can perfume a garden; a handful can freshen a room. And don’t worry: It’s perfectly OK to let them go to your head. Introduced 2020

Item No Bulb Size Height

4001 16-17cm 8-10”

SOLD OUT Saints Parade

An attractive blend of clear pink, white and purplish blue. Their look is refreshing, their perfume intoxicating. They make a sweet salute to spring. Introduced 2014

Item No Bulb Size Height

4057 16–17cm 8–10”

115


SOLD OUT Étouffée

A mélange of four hyacinths in pastel shades. They are easy on the eye, and their sweet perfume is the toast of spring. In much of the country, hyacinths provide the first real fragrance of the year. No garden should be without them. Introduced 2007

Item No Bulb Size Height

4052 16–17cm 8–10”

Yellowstone

Yellowstone has, arguably, the best yellow color in a hyacinth to date. It’s a rich butter-yellow that sings with any other color a hyacinth can make. It does fade as the flowers age, but having started darker, it ends darker, never blanching completely, as some varieties do.

Item No Bulb Size Height

4068 16-17cm 8-10”

SOLD OUT

Jan Bos

Big heads of powerfully fragrant fuchsia-red flowers. Yes, they are bold. Exactly what’s wanted after a winter spent gazing mournfully at a landscape of olive, tan and brown.

Item No Bulb Size Height

116

4044 16–17cm 8–10"

SOLD OUT


SOLD OUT Blue Delta

The floral equivalent of waves breaking on a sunny shore. You may feel an urge to dig a beach chair out of the garage so you can relax and take in the scene. There will be no hint of salt in the air, just a sweet perfume. Introduced 2012

Item No Bulb Size Height

4053 16–17cm 8–10”

Purple Sensation

Dense clusters of fragrant, rich purple blooms—lighter at the margins—on thick stems. There’s no need to stoop to detect the scent of a hyacinth; it comes to you.

Item No Bulb Size Height

4048 16–17cm 8–10"

SOLD OUT

Gipsy Queen

Full heads of intensely fragrant, apricot-orange blooms. As with all hyacinths, give Gipsy Queen full sun and let the foliage die back after bloom if you want it to perennialize. The flower heads will be smaller and looser in subsequent years, but the scent will remain strong.

Item No Bulb Size Height

4045 16–17cm 8–10"

SOLD OUT 117


Specialty Bulbs

Tulips and daffodils play the lead roles in spring, but they benefit from a strong supporting cast. Here you’ll find both familiar characters and quirky bit players.

Snowflake Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’

White bells line arching stems. Snowflake prefers full sun but tolerates some shade and thrives in soil too wet for most other bulbs. In a spot it likes, it can take up permanent residence. Performs well North and South. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

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Item No

6015

Bulb Size

14cm+

Height

24–28”


SOLD OUT Hokus Crocus Crocus vernus

Dutch crocuses never fail to surprise the eyes after a long winter. Freely planted, they proclaim that spring is on its way. Hokus Crocus is a blend of large, goblet-shaped flowers in white, purple and white striped with purple. Introduced 1996

Item No Bulb Size Height

5020 9–10cm 4–6”

SOLD OUT Crocreation

This cheerful blend of purple and golden yellow crocuses will brighten your early spring landscape. Plant them under trees or shrubs, or in the lawn (but be sure to let the leaves yellow before you start mowing). Introduced 2000

Item No Bulb Size Height

5021 9–10cm 4–6”

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SOLD OUT Tommies Crocus tommasinianus ‘Barr’s Purple’

Purplish pink Tommies bring an elfin charm to the garden in late winter or early spring. A delightful, early and very affordable crocus. Flowers prolifically in most situations, and likes to come back year after year.

Item No

6024

Bulb Size

5–7cm

Height

3–4”

SOLD OUT Vernal Jewels

These crocuses are colorful and cute and very early. They have a knack for popping out of the ground when you could really use a pick-me-up. The blend comprises creamy yellow, lavender-pink and white. Hello, spring! Introduced 2015

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Item No

5050

Bulb Size

5cm+

Height

3–4”


SOLD OUT Blue Squill Scilla siberica

Blue squill is excellent for naturalizing beneath trees that lose their leaves, where it will form drifts of singing blue bells in early spring. Needs a few years to really hit its stride. Capable of self-sowing. Try it with Tête–à–Tête (page 109). DEER RESISTANT

Item No

6009

Bulb Size

7–8cm

Height

5–7”

Winter Wolf’s Bane Eranthis cilicica Spring’s first yellow. Its little cup-shaped flowers, which sit on frilly leaves, open at the first hint of warmth. Happiest under deciduous trees, where it may self-sow. Bulbs are tiny. Plant lavishly. DEER AND RODENT RESISTANT

Item No

6022

Bulb Size

5cm+

Height

3–4"

Snowdrops

Galanthus elwesii Snowdrops are the earliest of all bulbs. They open their white, winged flowers before anyone dares whisper “spring.” For best results, plant in soil that is not too dry and beneath trees that lose their leaves. DEER AND RODENT PROOF

Item No

6020

Bulb Size

7cm+

Height

5–7”

SOLD OUT 121


SOLD OUT Woodland Blend

A blend of five early bloomers that can take up long-term residence in the shade of deciduous trees. All they require to flourish is well-drained soil and plenty of spring sunshine. Introduced 2010

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Item No Bulb Size Height

6051 Topsize 3–9”


SOLD OUT Snake’s Head Fritillaria meleagris

Pointed buds open to maroon (occasionally white), bell-shaped blooms. The plant looks like a wildflower and is best used as such—in a meadow, under trees, around shrubs. Happiest in part shade and evenly moist soil. DEER RESISTANT

Item No

6039

Bulb Size

6cm+

Height

10–12”

Striped Squill

Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica A bright little bulb with white flowers traced with lines of blue. Striped squill is easy and reliable in a sunny location. Blooms early, and with a little afternoon shade can last a long time. Where conditions suit it, it may self-sow.

Item No

6008

Bulb Size

6cm+

Height

5–7”

SOLD OUT

Glory of the Snow

Chionodoxa luciliae An early bloomer with starry, lavender-blue flowers that shade to white in the center. When massed, the plants look like a summer sky fallen to earth. Grow in sun or light shade. Capable of spreading by seed. DEER AND RODENT RESISTANT

Item No

6021

Bulb Size

5cm+

Height

3–5”

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SOLD OUT Grape Hyacinth Blend Muscari

Grape hyacinths in traditional blue, pure white and a lovely soft azure. They can be used as a foil for midseason tulips or as a stand-alone planting. The pastel blue harmonizes with the deep blue. The white adds sparkle. Introduced 2010

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Item No Bulb Size Height

6004 6–10cm 5–7”


SOLD OUT Grape Hyacinth Muscari armeniacum

Grape hyacinths produce several dense spikes of tiny, true blue flowers from each bulb. They are beautiful on their own, but their greatest value may be as companions to midseason tulips. That rich blue makes almost any tulip color pop.

Item No Bulb Size Height

6005 9–10cm 5–7”

SOLD OUT Muscari latifolium

This cousin of the grape hyacinth has two-tone flowers: bright blue on top, deep purple below. Makes a nice foil for daffodils and early tulips. After the first spring, it tends to move around, wildflower-like, popping up in places of its own choosing.

Item No

6003

Bulb Size

7–8cm

Height

7-14”

125


SOLD OUT Camassia Camassia leichtlinii ‘Caerulea’

Starry, purplish blue flowers rise in loose spikes on tall stems. Camassia is most effective when planted in clusters in a shrub border or grassy area. It needs full sun and thrives in moist, or even wet, soil. DEER RESISTANT

Item No

6033

Bulb Size

14cm+

Height

34–38”

Windflowers Anemone blanda

Windflowers carry daisy-like flowers above low ferny foliage. This blend combines a pure white with a lavender-blue. Plant with abandon in sun or light shade to create a soothing tapestry. (Not suitable for cold climates.) Introduced 2000

Item No Bulb Size Height

6012 5–7cm 4–6”

SOLD OUT

Trout Lily

Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ Trout lilies make their home on the forest floor, where their nodding flowers provide a welcome spark of spring color. Pagoda is the most reliable of the group. Its delicate blooms, which resemble turks cap lilies, shine in dappled light.

Item No Bulb Size Height

126

6040 Topsize 8–10”

SOLD OUT


Spanish Bluebells Hyacinthoides ‘Excelsior’

A shade-tolerant plant that bears spikes of lightly fragrant, lavender-blue, bell-shaped flowers toward the end of the bulb season. Ideal for naturalizing below shade trees. Grows well North and South—California, too. Bulbs are extra large.

Item No

6028

Bulb Size

10cm+

Height

14–18”

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These relatives of onions and garlic bloom late (after tulips are done) and need sun and good drainage. Where happy, they can come back for several years.

Alliums

SOLD OUT Gladiator

Dense 5-inch heads of lilac-pink. They reach their peak just ahead of Mount Everest (facing page). Gladiator is effective when massed or planted in 3’s, 5’s or 10’s in a flower bed or mixed border. Extra-large bulbs. DEER RESISTANT

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Item No

6017

Bulb Size

20cm+

Height

42–46"


SOLD OUT Globemaster

The most spectacular of all the alliums. It bears 8-inch orbs of lilac-pink flowers on tall stout stems. Because the flowers are sterile, they last a long time. An outstanding cut flower, fresh or dried. DEER RESISTANT

Item No Bulb Size Height

6019 20–24cm 34–38”

Mount Everest

Creamy white, 5-inch globes top long stems as spring shifts to summer. Mount Everest is splendid grown against a dark background, and like all of the big alliums, it makes an impressive cut flower. DEER RESISTANT

Item No

6018

Bulb Size

20cm+

Height

44–48"

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Ambassador

Ambassador produces 6-inch balls of tightly packed, rich purple flowers. Terrific either planted in groups or strung like lanterns through a perennial border. One of the last of the large alliums to flower: Blooms with roses. DEER RESISTANT

6061

Item No Bulb Size Height

24–28cm 44–48"

SOLD OUT

Moly

Two-inch heads of sunny yellow flowers brighten the garden at the tail end of spring. Foliage is a handsome blue-green. Plant Allium moly in bunches between perennials and shrubs for a golden summer send-off. DEER RESISTANT

Item No

6027

Bulb Size

5cm+

Height

10–12"

SOLD OUT

Unifolium

Loose heads of lavender-pink flowers touched with white. A lovely gem for the flower or herb garden. This plant is edible. The young foliage can be used in place of chives. Native Americans in California and Oregon ate the bulbs. DEER RESISTANT

Item No Bulb Size Height

6029 5–6cm 15–18"

SOLD OUT

Sphaerocephalon

Drumstick allium. The last of the bulbous alliums to bloom. Its egg-shaped, wine-red flowerheads wait until summer to color up. Puts on a nice show when planted in tight groups in a perennial border. DEER RESISTANT

Item No

6016

Bulb Size

6cm+

Height

130

22–26"

SOLD OUT


SOLD OUT Purple Sensation

Beautiful, perennial, affordable. Purple Sensation bears 4-inch globes of rich purple flowers on tall stems. It is early for an allium; blooms on the heels of late tulips. Can be massed or planted in clusters in a perennial border. DEER RESISTANT

Item No Bulb Size Height

6023 12–14cm 28–32”

Schubertii

This intriguing allium draws the eye with its arresting, almost primordial look. It bears huge (10- to 12-inch) spidery heads of rosy flowers. A real conversation piece in the garden and in arrangements. DEER RESISTANT

Item No

6025

Bulb Size

14cm+

Height

18–22"

Christophii Stars of Persia. Airy domes of starry, metallic pink flowers measuring up to 10 inches across. They make great accents in a perennial bed. Can be cut and dried or left as decorative elements. Very late to bloom. Comes on as Globemaster wanes. DEER RESISTANT

Item No Bulb Size Height

6014 12–14cm 18–22”

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Amaryllises

Amaryllises are showy bulbs that must be grown indoors in most of the USA. Place them in a sunny window, and they will bear huge flowers in the depths of winter.

Marilyn

A very buxom platinum blonde. The huge double flowers measure fully 8 inches across. Their shape is full and rounded and, frankly, voluptuous. The stems do all they can to hold up the display but may need some help.

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Item No Bulb Size Height

7073 32–34cm 18–22”


SOLD OUT Samba

Big red ruffled blooms, edged and marked with white. Samba is a show stopper, a “look at me” flower, which is just what the doctor ordered on a gloomy winter day.

Item No Bulb Size Height

7029 32–34cm 18–22”

GETTING THE MOST FROM

Amaryllises* START WITH A BIG BULB.

SpringDisplays amaryllis bulbs are huge. All will produce at least two stems, and most stems will yield four flowers, sometimes more.

GIVE IT A NICE HOME. Pot the bulb in a 7- or 8-inch pot and set it on a sunny windowsill. Room temperature (60° to 75°F) is ideal. GO EASY ON THE WATER. Water after potting and then only when the potting mix is dry to the touch.

HAVE PATIENCE. Amaryllises can be slow to get going. Allow 12 weeks (or more) from potting to bloom. Most bulbs will not flower until after Christmas.

MOVE THE BULB OUTDOORS FOR SUMMER.

*

Amaryllis may bloom again next winter if they spend summer in the sun. Amaryllises arrive in our warehouse in midOctober. If you need your outdoor bulbs earlier, please place two separate orders.

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Lagoon

The name causes the brow to furrow, until you leave aside the color and focus on other attributes of the word: large, round, shallow. Lagoon is all of those things and, yes, eye-popping pink, too. Looking for subtlety? You’d best move on.

Item No Bulb Size Height

7076 32–34cm 18–22”

Rosalie Rosalie has large flowers of a color that is difficult to describe. Some insist it is pink. Others protest that it is salmon. Plant a bulb or three and take a side. Or better yet, take the high road: Everyone can agree that Rosalie is beautiful.

Item No Bulb Size Height

7074 32–34cm 18–22”

Double Dream

Reddish pink blooms with white highlights. They are fully double and doubly full, the petals appearing to have welled from the center in waves and flowed onto their predecessors. An unusual, beautiful and memorable display.

Item No Bulb Size Height

7067 32–34cm 18–22”

Caprice

Large but lovely blush-pink blooms with a rounded shape. What the photo cannot show is the substance of the petals. They are thick—not quite orange peel, but getting there. That extra weight seems to help the flowers last longer than most.

Item No Bulb Size Height

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7079 32–34cm 18–22”

SOLD OUT


SOLD OUT Rapido

A miniature and an early bloomer that produces smaller-thanaverage flowers but more than the usual number—up to 25 from one bulb. If potted in November, it usually starts to bloom by the end of December, and the show can go on for weeks.

Item No Bulb Size Height

7019 32–34cm 18–22”

Flamenco Queen Big white blooms brushed and stippled with red. Flamenco Queen is an attention getter. It will call from the windowsill, insist on being the subject of dinner conversation. You may need to move it so you can concentrate on something else.

Item No Bulb Size Height

7052 32–34cm 18–22”

SOLD OUT

Grand Diva

A recent introduction with large, well-formed blooms of wine red. Grand Diva is more pinot noir than Bordeaux, so it tends to the lighter end of the wine spectrum. And it belongs to a very fine vintage. Your eyes will love drinking it in.

Item No Bulb Size Height

7081 32–34cm 18–22”

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Dancing Queen

A candy-striped double that has large white flowers brushed with broad strokes of rust-red. Big and bold, yet graceful at the same time. A striking decoration for the windowsill. Also makes a dramatic winter centerpiece.

Item No Bulb Size Height

7008 32–34cm 18–22”

Red Rival

Yet another red amaryllis? Yes! Red Rival is elbowing its way into the company of old favorites with its well-formed flowers, compact size and speedy growth. Blooms are a tad smaller than those of the largest varieties, but you won’t notice because their display is huge.

Item No Bulb Size Height

7065 32–34cm 18–22”

Monaco

Enormous blooms of cherry red accented with a white eye and white stamens. The color contrast is arresting: After the initial double-take, it’s hard to look away. So don’t. Stare as much as you like. The flowers won’t mind.

Item No Bulb Size Height

7023 32–34cm 18–22”

Double Delicious

Red petals marked with narrow white flares. In sunlight, the petals have a sheen that appears as a halo around the center. The form recalls a cactus dahlia—spiky but not unfriendly—or one of those fireworks that opens in successive bursts.

Item No Bulb Size Height

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7072 32–34cm 18–22”

SOLD OUT


Horizon

In winter, the sun arrives late, races across the sky and disappears, without fanfare, only a few hours later. Unless you’re in Key West or Kingston or St. John. If a tropical destination is not in your future, you can warm your world with this amaryllis. Piña colada not included.

Item No Bulb Size Height

7084 32-34cm 18-22”

Moscow

The comfy couch of white amaryllises. Big flowers (up to 7½ inches across) open creamy and mature a bright, crisp white with occasional fine fuchsia markings. The petals are broad and rounded and often curl backward at the tips. You can’t sit on them, of course, but it’s OK to give them a gentle caress. Item No Bulb Size Height

7069 32–34cm 18–22”

SOLD OUT Stardust

Big white flowers overlaid, outlined and, yes, dusted with red. Winter can be hard on a gardener, but when Stardust opens on a dull January or February day, you will have reason to keep your chin up.

Item No Bulb Size Height

7082 32–34cm 18–22”

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Paperwhites

Paperwhites are powerfully fragrant daffodils that will bloom indoors in fall and winter without special treatment. Think of them as living air fresheners.

Paperwhite Nir

Nir is one of the best paperwhites introduced to date. Its stems are shorter and therefore much less likely to flop than those of the standard variety; its flowers are larger and showier; and its sweet fragrance, while strong, is not overpowering. Allow 5–6 weeks from planting to bloom; for flowers at Christmas, plant by November 10. Bulbs can be started at intervals to provide color and fragrance until after Easter. Each will produce 2–3 sturdy stems crowned with clusters of large, sweetly scented white flowers.

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Item No Bulb Size Height

3404 16–17cm 18–22”

Late September to December delivery. Growing instructions included.


Planting Tools

Hori-Hori

A hori-hori is a knife that is designed to be used in the soil. It is ideal for planting small bulbs in turf or along the edge of woods because the blade slices through thatch and roots. Also useful for myriad other gardening tasks. Wooden handle with a stainless steel blade that is serrated on one side and has depth markings in inches and milli­meters. Vinyl scabbard included. There are many knock-off hori-horis on the market. None matches the quality and utility of this beautiful tool. Unconditionally guaranteed. Hand crafted in Japan.

There are a lot of bulb planting tools on the market. Most work better in theory than they do in practice. These are simple and effective and guaranteed forever.

Tulip Trowel

A serious hand tool that is perfect for planting tulips. It is made of 16-gauge stainless steel and has a red grip that’s easy to hold and hard to lose track of. The blade has markings in inches and centimeters so you know how deep you’re digging. Can also be used for weeding and for planting annuals. Need a smaller trowel or a larger one? See the Crocus and Daffodil Trowels at springdisplays.com. Unconditionally guaranteed. Made in USA. Item No Length Blade Width

9032 12" 2”

Bulb Spade

The Dutch have been planting bulbs for more than 500 years, so they know a thing or two about the best tools for the job. This small spade is just right for planting in a kneeling position. If you are struggling with a trowel, you will reach for your bulb spade. Forged stainless steel blade. Hardwood handle with T-grip. The price reflects the craftsmanship required to make the tool and the durability of its construction: You can expect to hand your bulb spade down to your grandchildren. Unconditionally guaranteed. Made by hand in the Netherlands. 9036

Item No

9034

Item No

Length

12½"

Length

22"

Blade Width

4⁷/₈”

Blade Width

1⁵/₈”

Bulb Auger

This heavy-duty auger allows you to plant a lot of bulbs in a hurry where the soil is mostly free of rocks and roots. It works best with a portable gas or corded electric drill. A variablespeed hammer drill is recommended. And if you have a helper to drop in the bulbs as you go, the work goes twice as fast. We have landscape contractor customers who swear by this tool. It’s also useful for planting seedlings, mixing small amounts of cement, installing signs, etc. Unconditionally guaranteed. Made in USA. Item No Length

9324 24”

Diameter

3”

Shaft

⁵/₈”

Flighting

12”

Drill Size

½"

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Ideal fall planting times

R L AT E S EPTEMBER & OCTOBE

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MB NOVEMBER & DECE In the pink and portions of the purple zone, tulips should be prechilled before planting. Visit springdisplays.com for more information.

R LY DECEMBER & EA

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

BULBS SHOULD BE PLANTED WHEN THE SOIL HAS COOLED TO ABOUT 55°F. Bulbs need cool soil to make roots before the onset of winter.

Plan

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YOU HAVE ABOUT 8 WEEKS TO PLANT AFTER THE FIRST FROST. As long as the ground is not frozen, you can still plant bulbs.

BULBS THAT FLOWER IN SPRING MUST BE PLANTED IN FALL. There is no getting around this requirement.

How to

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SPRINGDISPLAYS CAN MEET YOUR FALL PLANTING SCHEDULE. If you need your bulbs at a particular time, just let us know. Our shipping season begins in late September.

How many bulbs per square foot? This chart will help you determine the number of bulbs needed per square foot to have a dense, full display. Recommended spacing between bulbs is provided in our planting instructions and on our bag labels.

BULB TYPE

QTY

Tulips, standard

5

Tulips, wild

9–13

Daffodils, large

4–5

Daffodils, miniature

7–11

Allium Globemaster

1–2

Anemone

20–24

Camassia

4

Chionodoxa

20–24

Crocus

8–9

Eranthis

20–24

Fritillaria meleagris

10–11

Galanthus

16–18

Hyacinthoides

5–6

Hyacinthus

3–4

Muscari

14–15

Scilla

15–16


Bed area calculations The chart on the facing page gives you bulbs per square foot. To figure the number of bulbs you need to fill a bed, you have to calculate the area of the bed.

BED SHAPE

HOW TO CALCULATE THE AREA

WI DTH

LENGTH

H E I GHT

BASE

R ADIUS

WIDTH

LENGTH

A

C

D

E

F

G

B

RECTANGLE OR SQUARE AREA = LENGTH × WIDTH A rectangle is a parallelogram with four right angles. The area of a rectangle is found by multiplying the length by the width. EXAMPLE: Determine the area of a rectangle where the length = 25 ft. and the width = 13 ft. Area is: 25 × 13 = 325 sq. ft.

TRIANGLE AREA = (BASE × HEIGHT) / 2 A triangle is a polygon with three sides. The area of a triangle is one-half the base multiplied by the height. EXAMPLE: Determine the area of a triangle where the base = 25 ft. and the height = 20 ft. Area is: (25 × 20) / 2 = 250 sq. ft.

CIRCLE AREA = 3.14 × RADIUS² A circle is a closed curve of which every point on the edge of the curve is equidistant from a fixed point within the curve. The area of a circle is pi (3.14) multiplied by the radius squared. The radius is equal to one-half the diameter of the circle. EXAMPLE: Determine the area of a circle where the radius = 12.5 ft. Area is: 3.14 × (12.5 × 12.5) = 491 sq. ft.

OVAL AREA = (LENGTH × WIDTH) × 0.8 An oval has an elliptical, or egg-like, shape. The area of an oval is the length multiplied by the width, multiplied by 0.8. EXAMPLE: Determine the area of an oval where the length = 25 ft. and the width = 15 ft. Area is: (25 × 15) × 0.8 = 300 sq. ft.

IRREGUL AR SHAPES AREA = SUM OF PERPENDICULAR LINES × DISTANCE BETWEEN THE LINES To find the area of a large irregular shape, divide it into a series of smaller units. This method will calculate the area to within 5 percent. Step 1: Determine the axis line, the longest line that can be drawn inside the shape. Step 2: Mark several lines that are perpendicular to the axis and divide it into segments of equal depth. The more lines you use, the more accurate the result. Step 3: Measure each perpendicular line. Step 4: Calculate the area by adding the lengths of all the perpendicular lines and multiplying by the distance between the lines. EXAMPLE: Determine the area of an irregular bed that is 60 f t. long. For convenience, the axis (A–B) is divided by 6 (to make 10-f t. segments). The measurements of 5 lines drawn perpendicular to the axis at 10-f t. intervals are as follows: C = 19 f t., D = 22 f t., E = 23 f t., F = 19 f t. and G = 13 f t. Area is: (19 + 22 + 23 + 19 + 13) × 10 = 960 sq. ft.

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