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Beyond tulip and daffodil, there are some flower bulb treasures to discover that you have never heard of before. We present flower bulbs, which also give your garden an individual touch.
The Yellow Dog's Tooth (Erythronium 'Pagoda') is a lily plant with sulfur yellow flowers and beautiful leaves
When it comes to flower bulbs, most gardeners first think of tulip, narcissus and crocus. This is not by chance, because of these three flower bulbs are by far the most varieties in the trade. Nevertheless, it pays to think outside the box: If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, beyond the standard assortment you will discover a number of attractive flower bulbs that will give your garden or bed a personal touch.
Admittedly, many of the species presented have certain claims that must be met in order to unfold their full beauty. Others, such as the dog's tooth, are actually quite straightforward - the only reason you can not see them in the gardens more often is because hardly anyone knows them. In the following picture gallery we present you different species, which are worth a planting trial.
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The net iris or dwarf iris (Iris reticulata) is not a true rarity, but is still planted far too rarely. Their unusual name derives from the net-like shell surrounding the tuber. The small spring flower with the narrow leaves is only 10 to 15 inches high and carries depending on the variety sky blue, purple blue or dark purple, striking large flowers. The first splashes of color often appear at the end of February. The plant needs a sunny, winter-dry place in the rock garden on permeable and stony, calcareous clay soil.
The Yellow Forest Lily (Trillium luteum) is native to the eastern United States and grows there in sparse forests and floodplains. The plant has tuberous thickened storage roots and moves in early summer again. The yellow flowers appear in April, shortly after the dark marbled foliage. The yellow forest lily is about 30 centimeters high and needs a humus rich and permeable, not too heavy soil in the shade of larger trees. The planting depth is about five centimeters. Note: After planting, it usually takes two years for the plants to reach their full size and flower for the first time.
The spring flower (Bulbocodium vernum) is native to the Alps and Pyrenees. It is closely related to the Herbstzeitlosen and often blooms at the end of February. Their leaves appear only when the florets are already almost withered, and should be covered with impending late frost with a plastic fleece. According to their origin, the spring flower, which is only five centimeters high, needs a humus-rich, well-drained soil in the sunny rock garden. The onions will be planted about eight to ten centimeters deep from October.
The Bellevalie (Bellevalia pycnantha) is reminiscent of a grape hyacinth (Muscari) and was formerly also attributed to this genus. It is up to 25 centimeters in height but much larger than this. The Bellevalie is native to the northern Mediterranean from Turkey to southern France and grows on sunny, not too dry mountain slopes. The large, ink blue to black violet flowers appear from the end of April to May. Bellevalien prefers warm locations in the rock garden, but are robust, frost hardy and like grape hyacinths well suited for Verwildern. They multiply by bulbous bulbs and also sow themselves.
The trout lily (Erythronium 'pagoda'), a garden shape created by crossing, is related to the pink-flowering European Hundszahnlilie (Erythronium dens-canis). It carries up to 35 centimeters high flower stalks with several sulfur yellow flowers. The leaves are occasionally marbled bronze in sunny locations. The lily plant bulbs are planted 10 to 12 centimeters deep in humus-rich, well-drained and not too dry soil from September to October. The location should be sunny to partially shaded. Note: The onions are very sensitive to drought, so you should plant them immediately after purchase and then water well.
The prairie candle (Camassia quamash) is a steppe plant from western North America. It needs a sunny spot on well-drained, and especially in winter not too moist, nutrient-rich soil. The light purple flower stars are in dense inflorescences on up to 40 centimeters high stems and open only in late May. The bulbs of the lily plant are planted about 10 centimeters deep in October and even spread on suitable soils over the years.
The Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum) is one of several types of daisy starling suitable for the garden.It is found throughout the Mediterranean, but is now also wild in other parts of Europe. The graceful white flowers appear from May. The small onions are set in October about ten inches deep in loose, not too dry garden soil. The location should be sunny, as the flowers open at about eleven o'clock in the morning and close as soon as the sun is no longer shining. The type of milk star is also suitable for Verwildern, since it forms many bulbous onions.
The spring light star (Ipheion uniflorum) is native to southern Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. The flowers appear from April on 15 to 20 centimeters high stems and consist of two wreaths, each with three petals. The petals show a slight purple-blue glow and a darker median strip. From October, plant the strikingly small bulbs in a sunny spot in the bed or rockery in a not too humid, well drained soil, about five centimeters deep. The plants are sufficiently hardy, provided the soil does not wet in winter. In addition to the wild species, there are several garden forms with larger, stronger colored flowers.
The funeral bell (Uvularia grandiflora) is a very beautiful spring flower. It is a stately 75 centimeters high and is closely related to the Solomon seal. Their homeland is the southeastern United States and it is not an onion flower in the strict sense, but forms fleshy tubers, in which it retreats during the summer. The lemon yellow flower bells often appear as early as March. Mourning bells need a half-shady to shady location on moderately moist, humus rich soil, which must not be too sour. They are usually offered as perennials in the pot and best planted in the fall. With their rhizomes, the plants spread slowly over the years.
The spring star (Triteleia laxa) is native to California and can reach heights of growth of 30 centimeters. The blue flowers of the heat-loving bulb flower are in ornamental-like inflorescences and open only in June. The spring star needs a lean, winter-dry location in full sun, preferably in the stone or steppe garden. On too wet soils it is not sufficiently hardy in our latitudes. The onions are best planted eight to ten inches deep in October. A spring planting is also possible because of the late flowering period. At suitable locations, the plant sometimes sows itself.
The blue lily (Ixiolirion tartaricum) is native to Asia Minor. It carries up to 40 centimeters high flower stalks with five to six single flowers that open from June. The lily plant needs a warm location in full sun. Plant the onions in October about ten centimeters deep and pay attention to a very good water extraction, because the blue lily needs especially in summer and winter a dry soil and does not tolerate any waterlogging.