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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 Aztec tuberoses, pixie rain lilies, star-like crocosmia, robust crinums, and one spectacular canna. Explore and enjoy!

TIPS, RAVES, & MORE — For planting and care advice, click the “Care” link in our bulb descriptions. For tips and raves, the stories behind the bulbs, links and books, history, news, and more, see our Spring-Planted Diverse Newsletter Archives.


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INTRO TO HEIRLOOMS, SPRINGSampler

For an easy summer-time adventure, try this fabulous collection of our spring-planted treasures – and save! We’ll send you at least $40 worth of diverse, time-tested summer-bloomers for just $35. They’ll all be labeled, great for your hardiness zone, and may include dahlias, glads, daylilies, iris, tuberoses, and other treasures. It’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s 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. Diverse Spring care.

COS-04
1/$35
for zone 4
COS-05
1/$35
for zone 5
COS-06
1/$35
for zone 6
COS-07
1/$35
for zone 7
COS-8S
1/$35
for zone 8 South & SW
COS-WC
1/$35
for zones 8-10 West Coast

MARTHA STEWART SAMPLERWeb-Only & 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 more ‘Atom’, tuberoses, and all different dahlias, order additional samplers. Diverse Spring care.

COS-40
1/$22
2/$42
3/$59.50
4/$75
5/$88

Canna, EHEMANII CANNA, 1863Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! raceful, 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 or winter indoors, from Texas.

This is the ONLY canna we offer now, and it’s 100% virus-free. Learn more.

We hope to offer this variety again next spring. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.


CRINUM/CRINUM

These classics of the old-fashioned Southern garden are dramatic and often fragrant plants with bulbs that can grow as big as footballs.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS: “No crinum has ever died,” says Texas A&M’s Bill Welch of these big, tough, adaptable bulbs. Although they prefer plenty of sun, well-drained soil, and regular moisture, they’ll grow and bloom almost anywhere in zones 7b-10b — or grow them in pots, as we do here in Michigan, overwintering them in the basement, pot and all. Learn more.


Crinum ELLEN BOSANQUET CRINUM, 1930Web-Only

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-9b(10bWC), from Louisiana. Chart and care.

SP-08
1/$18.50
2/$35.50
3/$50.50
Limit 3, please.

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, zones 7b-10b(11bWC), from Louisiana. Chart and care.

SP-41
1/$16
2/$32
3/$45.50
Limit 3, please.

Crinum x powellii, POWELLII ALBUM CRINUM, 1930Web-Only

The powelliis are the cold-hardiest crinums, and ‘Album’ is widely considered the most beautiful form. “It’s a plant of superlative quality,” says expert Scott Ogden, “with tall scapes bearing large umbels of shapely, snowy blooms” from July into early fall, in sun or light shade. 36”, zones 7a-10b(11aWC), BIG bulbs, 3-4 inches across, from our 70-years-young Louisiana grower. Chart and care.

SP-11
1/$16.50
2/$31.50
3/$45
Limit 3, please.

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, STAR OF THE EAST, 1912

With the largest flowers we’ve ever seen on a crocosmia – a whopping 3 to 4 inches across – this vibrant beauty has been turning heads for over a century now. It’s “a real star” and “a stunner,” says David Fenwick, former holder of the UK National Collection of Crocosmia, who ranks it #2 on his all-time Top 10 list. 30-36”, zones 6b-9b(10bWC), from Washington. Chart and care.

SP-45
3/$10
5/$16
10/$30
25/$71
50/$133

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-9b(10bWC) or store like glads, from Holland. Chart and care.

SP-42
5/$6
10/$11.50
25/$27
50/$51
100/$96

LILIUM/LILIES

Although most of our true lilies are FALL-shipped only (see them here), some are harvested so late that they have to be held in high-tech cold storage for us all winter long, and we ship them in the spring ONLY.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS: Most lilies like their heads in the sun but their feet in the shade to keep their roots cool. Learn more.


L. auratum platyphyllum, GOLD BAND LILY, 1862

This voluptuous Japanese wildflower was the “Queen of Lilies” in late Victorian gardens and stars in John Singer Sargent’s famous painting Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose. Its broad, open, luxuriously fragrant flowers are white with gold stripes and often cinnamon sprinkles. It prefers a cool spot with bright but filtered sun and requires acid soil to return well. Oriental, 3-4’, mid-late summer blooming, zones 5a-7b(9bWC), from Holland. Chart and care.

SP-58
3/$15
5/$24
10/$45
25/$106
50/$200

L. henryi, HENRY’S LILY, 1889Web-Only

We’re big fans of this willowy Chinese wildflower that was brought back by Irish plant collector Augustine Henry from remote limestone gorges in Hupeh. Enhanced by green nectaries and chestnut brown “whiskers,” its golden-orange petals swoop back like the wings of a falcon. Blooms happily even in light shade and alkaline soils. Mid-summer, 4-6’, zones 5a-7b(9bWC), from Holland. Chart, care, and learn more.

SP-62
3/$15.50
5/$24.50
10/$46.50
25/$110
50/$207

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