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Tidewater Gardening rock gardens or pots, but does best in mass plantings. Spanish Bluebell (Endymion hispanicus or Scilla hispanica) produces 12 to 15 nodding, bellshaped flowers on 12- to 18-inch stems. Varieties are available in blue, pink and white and they do well in heavy shade. The Guinea-hen Flower, Fritillaria meleagris, is a hardy plant that produces white or purple bell-shaped f lowers with a distinct spotted or checkered pattern. The plant does well in light shade, with cool and moist conditions, reaching a height of 8 inches to a foot tall. The Crown Imperial fritillaria has bright red, orange or yellow f lowers in groups of 10 on 3-foot tall stalks. The bulb has a distinct skunky scent, but don’t let that dissuade you. The f lower is beautiful in the landscape. One planting recommendation for all these bulbs is to plant them in a bed with sand between each bulb and then tilt the bulbs on their side to prevent water damage. Alliums ~ ornamental onions ~ have become very popular in the garden over the last few years. They are grown for their colorful white, yellow or pink to purple f lower clusters. They bloom from late spring to early summer and do best in full sun. The Giant Allium (Allium gi-

Alliums make an impressive show. ganteum) produces pinkish-purple flowers in a dense, globe-shaped cluster, 4 to 6 inches across. The solitary heads are borne atop a 3to 4-foot-tall stem. The giant onion usually blooms in late June. Lily Leek (Allium moly) has yellow flowers in a loose umbel and blooms in late spring. Lily Leeks grow 8- to 12-inches-tall and are best utilized in borders and rock gardens. Alliums are also deer resistant and provide dramatic color in late May, June and even July where it is a nice combination with the early-blooming perennials. Happy gardening! Marc Teffeau retired as the Director of Research and Regulatory Affairs at the American Nursery and Landscape Association in Washington, D.C. and he now lives in Georgia with his wife, Linda. 92

September 2013 ttimes web magazine  

Tidewater Times September 2013

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