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All bulbs for spring 2020 are SOLD OUT. (Thank you!) Order for NEXT spring starting in August.


‘Pearl Double Tuberose’

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 SOLD OUT
COS-05 1/$35 SOLD OUT
COS-06 1/$35 SOLD OUT
COS-07 1/$35 SOLD OUT
COS-8S 1/$35 SOLD OUT
COS-WC 1/$35 SOLD OUT

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 SOLD OUT

Canna, EHEMANII CANNA, 1863Rarest & Web-Only

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 or winter indoors, from Michigan. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

SP-44 1/$18 3/$51.50 5/$81 10/$153 25/$360 SOLD OUT

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. We plan to offer this variety again next spring. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

SP-08 1/$18.50 3/$52.50 5/$83 10/$157 25/$370 SOLD OUT

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. We plan to offer this variety again next spring. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

SP-41 1/$16 3/$45.50 4/$61 5/$72 10/$136 25/$320 SOLD OUT

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. We plan to offer this variety again next spring. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

SP-11 1/$16.50 3/$47 5/$74 10/$140 25/$330 SOLD OUT

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. We plan to offer this variety again next spring. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

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

Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora, ANTIQUE MONTBRETIA, 1879Web-Only

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(11bWC) or store in winter like glads, from Louisiana. Chart and care. We plan to offer this variety again in 2021. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

SP-55 3/$12 5/$19 10/$36 25/$85 50/$160 SOLD OUT

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. We plan to offer this variety again next spring. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

SP-42 5/$4.20 10/$8.05 25/$18.90 50/$35.70 100/$67.20 SOLD OUT

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 SOLD OUT

L. henryi, HENRY’S LILY, 1889

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. We plan to offer this variety again next spring. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

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

Lilium GUINEA GOLD, 1940

This exquisite lily produces dozens of small, martagon-like flowers of gold blushed with pink and dotted with maroon. It was bred by the great Frank Skinner who introduced over 300 roses, lilacs, lilies, and more from his home in zone-2 Manitoba. Happiest in light shade, it never needs staking and is much more vigorous than its parents, L. martagon and L. hansonii. 4-5 feet, zones 3a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Chart and care. We plan to offer this variety again next spring. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

SP-60 1/$10.50 3/$30 5/$47 10/$89 25/$210 SOLD OUT

L. pumilum, CORAL LILY, 1812

Just 3 feet tall, this bright little pixie has glossy, red-to-orange flowers that are too small to be gaudy. Native to icy Siberia, it thrives in steamy Charleston as well, and although it can be short-lived, it will self-sow happily. Aka Siberian lily, L. tenuifolium, early summer, 2-3 feet, zones 4a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. Chart and care. We plan to offer this variety again next spring. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

SP-61 3/$12.50 5/$20 10/$37.50 25/$88.50 50/$167 SOLD OUT

L. speciosum rubrum UCHIDA, 1960

An especially fine form of Lilium speciosum rubrum, ‘Uchida’ was propagated by farmer Hirotaka Uchida to help save the last wild survivors of that spectacular Japanese lily – described in 1830 as “all rugged with rubies and garnets and sparkling with crystal points” – after a century of relentless over-collection. Lightly fragrant, late-summer, 4-5’, 5a-7b(9bWC), from Holland. Chart and care. We plan to offer this variety again next spring. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

SP-57 3/$16 5/$25.50 10/$48 25/$113 50/$213 SOLD OUT

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.


Polianthes tuberosa, MEXICAN SINGLE TUBEROSE, 1530

The heavenly fragrance of tuberoses is as big a pleasure in August as ice cream. Their simple white flowers are clustered on 3-4 foot stalks above short, daylily-like foliage. Most gardeners grow them in pots (always best in the North) or dig and store in fall (we’ll send easy directions), but they’re perennial in zones 8a-11b. Although many sources offer bulbs too small to bloom, our big, fat, healthy bulbs – from an Illinois family farm where they’ve been grown since the 1930s – are sure to reward you gloriously. Learn more. Chart and care. We plan to offer this variety again next spring. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

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

Polianthes tuberosa ‘Pearl’, PEARL DOUBLE TUBEROSE, 1870

Just as blissfully fragrant as ‘Mexican Single’, ‘Pearl’ is a bit shorter, later-blooming, and double, with pale pink buds that open into flowers like tiny gardenias. Discovered by NY nurseryman John Henderson in 1870, it became a Victorian favorite, often sold under the name ‘Excelsior’. Hardy in zones 8a-11b, elsewhere it’s handled like glads (in the winter, just put the pot in the basement). We send big bulbs, sure to bloom! Chart, care, and learn more. We plan to offer this variety again next spring. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

SP-31 3/$12.50 5/$20 10/$37.50 25/$88.50 50/$167 SOLD OUT

ZEPHYRANTHES/RAIN LILIES

TIPS FOR SUCCESS: Short and charming, rain lilies are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. To bloom well, they need hot summers. Though they prefer full sun and moist loam, they are very easy to grow in a wide range of conditions, even damp clay. In their native Argentina the white ones actually grow in marshland! In colder areas, they can make interesting plants for summer pots. Learn more.


Zephyranthes candida, WHITE RAIN LILY, 1822

“Absurdly easy and prolific,” writes Scott Ogden in Garden Bulbs for the South of this cheery little flower. Over grassy foliage, its short, white, crocus-like flowers open after late-summer rains. Discovered by Spanish explorers in the 1500s, it grew so thickly along Argentina’s Rio de la Plata that it inspired its name: River of Silver. Praised by Bostonian E.S. Rand in his 1866 Bulbs, it’s easy in pots in the North and perennial in zones 7a-11b. 5-7”, from Holland. Chart and care. We plan to offer this variety again next spring. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

SP-29 10/$8.50 25/$20 50/$38 100/$72 250/$170 SOLD OUT

Zephyranthes grandiflora, PINK RAIN LILY, 1825

“Luscious as a bowl of raspberry sherbet” wrote Elizabeth Lawrence of this, “the best known of all zephyr lilies.” With grass-like foliage and rosy pink flowers on 6-10 inch stems, mostly in early summer, it was brought to the US from Central America in 1825. If you’re north of zone 8, try some in a pot, once a common sight on porches. In winter, simply set the pot dry in the basement. For inspiration, read one Wisconsin family’s story of their 100-year love affair with pink fairy lilies in zone-4! Zones 8a-10b, from Holland. Chart, care, and learn more. We plan to offer this variety again next spring. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

SP-28 10/$9.50 25/$22.50 50/$42.50 100/$80.50 250/$190 SOLD OUT

DIVERSE ARCHIVES — For customer tips and raves, the stories behind the bulbs, links and books, history, news, and more, see our Newsletter Archives.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS — Most of the bulbs in this section are easy to grow, but their needs, of course, are diverse. To help you choose wisely for your garden, here’s our best advice for their planting and care.

CRINUM, MILK-AND-WINE LILY — “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 7-10 — and their bulbs can get as big as footballs. Learn more.

CROCOSMIA, MONTBRETIACAUTION! In warm climates, Crocosmia multiply vigorously and can easily become INVASIVE. Do NOT grow near water. Do NOT compost corms, plants, or the soil they’ve grown in. Plant in well-drained soil, in full sun in the North or full sun to part-shade in the South, and about 8-10” apart. Learn more.

RAIN LILIES — To bloom well, rain lilies need hot summers. Though they prefer full sun and moist loam, they are very easy to grow in a wide range of conditions, even damp clay. In their native Argentina the white ones actually grow in marshland! In colder areas, they make interesting plants for summer pots. Learn more.

TUBEROSES — 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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