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WHY GROW THESE DIVERSE TREASURES? Whether you seek fragrance, tropical exuberance, or something easy and different, you can find it here among our carefree daylilies, Aztec tuberoses, pixie rain lilies, original crocosmia and St. Joseph’s lily (the best amaryllis for gardens). Explore and enjoy!

TIPS, RAVES, AND MORE – For planting and care advice, look for our various Tips for Success below. For tips and raves from our customers, the stories behind the bulbs, links and books, history, news, and more, see our Newsletter Archives.

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INTRO TO HEIRLOOMS, SPRING        Sampler
Save money and have fun with this fabulous sampler of summer-blooming bulbs. You’ll get at least $35 worth of time-tested dahlias, glads, daylilies, iris, and spring-planted diverse bulbs, all labeled and great for your area, for just $30 (plus shipping). Such a deal!

Order by USDA hardiness zone. Don’t know your zone? Click here and enter your zip code to find out. Limit one sampler per address, please.

COS45Add to basket:1/$30for zones 4-5
COS67Add to basket:1/$30for zones 6-7
COS8SAdd to basket:1/$30for zone 8 South & SW
COSWCAdd to basket:1/$30for zones 8-10 West Coast
MARTHA STEWART SAMPLER        Sampler
Enjoy the same gorgeous, easy heirlooms that Scott planted on TV with Martha — and save 10%! (Missed the show? Watch it here.) We’ll send you 5 small-flowered ‘Atom’ gladiolus, 3 fragrant ‘Mexican Single’ tuberoses, and 1 fabulous dahlia (our choice) for bouquets. You, Martha, saving money, and a summer full of heirloom beauty — it’s a good thing! For zones 4a-8b(10aWC).

For additional ‘Atom’ and tuberoses and all different dahlias, order additional samplers.

COS40Add to basket:1/$202/$38.503/$54.504/$70.505/$86
Canna, EHEMANII CANNA, 1863        Rarest
Graceful, spectacular, and decidedly different, this landmark canna is topped by arching sprays of dangling, bell-shaped, deep rose flowers that may remind you of fuchsias. Though widely praised by late Victorian gardeners, it doesn’t store or ship as easily as other cannas so it all but disappeared in the 20th century. But now it’s back, and it’s a thrill. 5-7’, green leaves, zones 8a-11b or winter indoors, from Texas. Chart to compare.

We’re sad to say this is the ONLY canna we’re offering now, because it’s the only one we’re 100% confident is virus-free. Learn more.

SP44Add to basket:1/$16.502/$31.503/$45Limit 3, please.
Crinum ELLEN BOSANQUET CRINUM, 1930
One of the most famous crinums of all, ‘Ellen Bosanquet’ (say BOEZ-n-kwet) was bred by Florida’s Louis Bosanquet and named for his beloved wife. Its “luminous raspberry” flowers (Organic Gardening, 1950) have a vanilla-like fragrance and bloom from June to fall above mounds of glossy, wavy leaves. A vigorous multiplier, it can take total neglect but blooms best with regular watering and, in the South, a touch of shade. 2-3’, zones 7b-10b(11bWC), from Louisiana. Chart to compare.
SP08Add to basket:1/$14.502/$283/$39.505/$62.5010/$116.00
Crinum x herbertii, MILK-AND-WINE LILY, CRINUM, 1819? 1919?
For 60 years or more, this classic milk-and-wine lily has been multiplying without care at the family homeplace of our 70-something Louisiana grower. It’s one of the myriad forms of C. X herbertii, a cross first made in 1819 by Dean Herbert, the godfather of crinums. Its clusters of 10-20 candy-striped flowers on 3-foot stalks open wide, filling the air with fragrance, and then mature into gracefully dangling bells. Give it plenty of sun and in a few years you’ll have a huge clump blooming off and on all summer long. Big bulbs, 3-4” across, zones 7b-10b(11bWC), from Louisiana. Chart to compare.
SP41Add to basket:1/$16.502/$31.503/$455/$7110/$132
CROCOSMIA / MONTBRETIA

As easy to grow as gladiolus, crocosmia are longer-blooming, never need staking, and their small, star-like flowers blend well into the garden and bouquets. No wonder so many gardeners today are as excited about them as gardeners were a century ago.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS: We’ll say it again — crocosmias are as easy to grow as glads. Give them well-drained soil and a sunny to lightly shaded site. They’re hardy perennials in zones 7 and warmer, or you can dig and store them like glads. Beware though: all crocosmia can become invasive in warm climates, and the original antique montbretia is especially vigorous — so please handle with care. Learn more

Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora, ANTIQUE MONTBRETIA, 1879        Rarest
If ‘Lucifer’ has whetted your appetite for crocosmias, give this antique original a try. When we couldn’t find true stock offered anywhere, we turned to our friends at the 1857 Manship House Museum in Jackson, Mississippi, where it’s been flourishing for generations. With cottage-garden informality and spectacular vigor, it’s a pass-along classic. Zones 7a-9b(11aWC) or store in winter like glads, from Louisiana. Chart to compare.
SP55Add to basket:3/$85/$12.5010/$2425/$5450/$100
Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora, GEORGE DAVISON CROCOSMIA, 1902
This landmark yellow was introduced by head-gardener George Davison, the first Englishman to breed crocosmias. With loads of star-like, honey-gold flowers on heavily branched stems, it’s “highly recommended” by David Fenwick, former holder of the British National Collection — and us! 36”, mid-summer, zones 7a-9a(10aWC) or store like glads, from Holland. Chart to compare.
SP42Add to basket:5/$5.2510/$1025/$22.5050/$42100/$78
POLIANTHES/TUBEROSES

The Aztecs held the tuberose sacred to their goddess of art, beauty, and love. By 1730 it grew in Williamsburg; and in 1893 a Boston gardener wrote that “everyone who has a garden knows the Tuberose.”

TIPS FOR SUCCESS: Tuberoses need full sun, moist soil and plenty of nutrition to do their best. In the NORTH, we recommend growing them in pots , starting them inside and then moving them outside when nights warm up into the 60s. In the SOUTH, you can bloom them successfully in the ground, where singles often do better and bloom earlier. Plant in a hot sunny spot with well-drained soil. Keep soil moist and fertilize regularly. Learn more.

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