Fritillara, Snakes Head, a stunning flower for any garden, like most other spring bulbs, plant and forget. Just enjoy when they poke there heads out of the ground and then flower to please us all. Long lasting blooms and Fritillaries will spread with time. The foliage will die back naturally after the flowers have finished, once the leaves start to yellow, the spike can then be pulled out from the ground, it should give easily, if not leave it for longer. Once the foliage has been removed, just wait for another year for the plant to reappear.
Chionodoxia, another little spring beauty, although now they have finished flowering for the year, like so many spring bulbs, easy to look after. plant in the autumn and then in March they will bring colour to your flower beds, another month and all evidence of their existence will be gone, although of course like most spring bulbs, will flower year after year with little of no attention at all.
More Polyanthus, well, it is the time of the year for them and they are so busy producing flowers it would be rude not to show them off. Blues, Reds, Yellows, Orange and mixtures of two tones, a colour for everyone's enjoyment. I have covered how to look after Polyanthus before, so I will not repeat myself.
Wallflower, usually they are annuals, but they will sometimes survive into more years after. This is an annual but is now 3 years old. Many hardy annuals will survive and flower again the year after, So at the end of the season consider before ripping them out and dumping them. Although it is soon time to plant next years wallflowers, As the plant gets older it becomes leggy and woody, so rather than cut it all back, it is easier to just replace it, although I run mine in a 2 year cycle, some are new and some are a little older, once they are leggy and woody I replace them.
Muscari, or more commonly known as Grape Hyacinths, although not to be confused with actual Hyacinths. A nice easy bulb to grow, in fact one of the easiest you can get. Quick spreading, so a small patch with soon become a large patch, which is fine, as you can always lift and plant in another spot, or give to neighbours. The most common is the blue above, although there are some lighter shades of blue and white, also two tone colours. Many to choose from. very low maintenance like most bulbs, will just need dead heading after the blooms have faded, then when the leaves begin to fade and turn yellow, will pull out easily until next year.
Erythronium's or Dog Toothed Violet (the name relates to the shape of the bulb), are a small delicate flower which tend to like cool humus rich conditions, so under a tree is the best place to plant these beautiful small blooms. They like a nice shady place over the summer months. I would say these are must for any garden.
My name is Jonathan and I enjoy working in my garden in my spare time. I am no professional, just an amateur. My second love is photography, shooting the flowers in my garden and of course sharing them with people who share my passions.