Though preservation is our mission, bulbs drop out of our catalog every year.

Sometimes it’s because the harvest was too small. Sometimes it’s because they’re widely available elsewhere and don’t need our help. And sometimes it’s because we’ve lost our only known source due to severe weather (cold, drought, etc.), health problems (a debilitating stroke), or economic woes (small farmers are always at risk).

The good news is that, in time, we’re often able to return these bulbs to our catalog. So here’s a list of many we’ve offered in the past. For an alert the moment they’re available again, subscribe to our free email newsletter. Or to find a similar bulb, try our easy Advanced Bulb Search.

Fall-planted:     Crocus       Daffodils       Hyacinths       Lilies       Peonies       Tulips       Diverse

Spring-planted:     Cannas       Dahlias       Daylilies       Gladiolus       Iris       Diverse

SUMMER PERFUMES        Sampler

The fragrance of lilies wafting through your garden on a warm summer night is an unforgettable pleasure. Sniff 3 different, easy favorites (some possibilities are pictured here). For zones 5a-7b(9bWC) only.

For 2, 3, or more of each variety, order additional samplers. Last offered in 2012. We may offer it again periodically.

BLACK DRAGON, 1950        
Maroon buds open to big white trumpets, sunny in the throat and richly shaded with burgundy on the outside. “It’s sinister, it’s dreamy, it’s two-two-two plants in one,” raved Better Homes and Gardens. From the original strain of L. leucanthum collected from cottage gardens in China. Darkest in cool climates. Mid-summer blooming, 5-6 feet, zones 5a-8b(9bWC), from Washington. Last offered in 2009. We lost our grower and haven’t found another who offers authentic stock of this widely mis-labeled lily.
CITRONELLA, 1958        
Graceful, easy, and inexpensive, this wildflowery classic still ranks high in Lily Society popularity polls, and rightly so. Bred by Oregon’s legendary Jan de Graaff, it has all the charms of a wild lily, with slender, lemon-yellow, turk’s-cap flowers sprinkled with charming poppy seed dots. 4-5 feet, zones 4a-8bS(10bWC), from Holland. Last offered in 2012. ‘Citronella’ is now commercially extinct in the Netherlands, and bulbs offered by mainstream sources are actually L. leichtlinii.
COPPER KING, 1958        
Copper, apricot, cantaloupe, amber — you’ll see all of these warm, summery colors in this tall, fragrant, long-lived trumpet lily. Colors are richer in cool summers, but the ‘King’ is always a pleasure. Virus-free, seed-grown bulbs from our fabulous Oregon grower. Mid-summer blooming, 5-6 feet, zones 5b-8bS(10WC). Last offered in 2008. Unfortunately we lost our grower and haven’t found another who offers authentic stock. ‘African Queen’ is similar — and excellent.
L. dauricum, DAHURIAN LILY, 1804        
From the Siberian province of Dauria, this tough, bright, very early lily brings a splash of summer’s brilliance to iris season. Also known as L. umbellatum, it was grown in Japanese gardens for centuries and used to breed a host of similar, now mostly extinct Victorian favorites known as L. x elegans, L. x thunbergianum, and L. x hollandicum, as well as Isabella Preston’s famous Stenographer hybrids. Zones 5a-7b(10bWC). Last offered in 2010. Unfortunately we lost our grower and haven’t found another who offers authentic stock.
EXCELSIOR, 1952        
Splash grenadine into a tall, icy glass of lemonade, add a cherry, and you’ll be pretty darn close to the sunrise-in-Key-West coloring of ‘Excelsior’. The first time it bloomed here, we felt as if we’d stumbled into a big summer party. And it’s intoxicatingly fragrant. Party on! Oriental, mid-summer blooming, 4 feet, zones 5a-7b(9bWC), from Holland. Last offered in 2012. ‘Excelsior’ is now commercially extinct in the Netherlands.
FIRE KING, 1933        
Still a great favorite in England (though all but impossible to find here), brilliant ‘Fire King’ is a tough, easy to grow Asiatic lily with out-facing blossoms of jazzy orange minutely spotted with purple. The MacNeils in their 1946 Garden Lilies praised it as “definitely ‘look at you’, a most valuable asset.” Asiatic, 3-5’, early-summer, zones 4a-8b(10bWC), from Holland. Last offered in 2005. We lost our grower and haven’t found another who offers authentic stock of this widely mis-labeled lily.
L. hansonii, HANSON’S LILY, 1871        
“No garden should be without it,” wrote Woodcock and Coutts in 1935 of this wild, martagon-like lily, echoing C.L. Allen of Boston who in 1893 ranked it as one of the dozen best lilies for American gardens. With 4-12 small, freckled, amber-saffron blooms in early summer, it’s early-blooming and happiest in light shade. 3-5 feet, zones 3a-7a(8bWC), from Holland. Last offered in 2014. Available elsewhere.
L. pardalinum, LEOPARD LILY, 1848        
This is the only native California lily that thrives anywhere it’s not too hot. With brilliant orange-red petals that are splashed with gold and leopard-spotted, it was first brought into gardens in the Gold Rush era. In 1939 expert George Slate praised it as “not particular as to soil, easily established, handsome and graceful.” 4-6 feet, zones 5a-7b(9bWC), from Holland. Last offered in 2014. Unfortunately we lost our grower and haven’t found another who offers authentic stock.
MRS. BACKHOUSE, 1921        
Subtle but majestic, ‘Mrs. R. O. Backhouse’ produces an impressive pyramid of up to 30 fuzzy pink buds that open to small, martagon-like blossoms, each a soft amber and cream blushed with pink and lightly dotted with maroon. It’s happiest in very light shade, never needs staking, and is much easier and more vigorous than its wild parents, L. martagon and L. hansonii. 4-5 feet, zones 4a-7b(9bWC), from Holland. Last offered in 2013. Unfortunately we lost our grower and haven’t found another who offers authentic stock.
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