Summer & Fall-Blooming Bulbs

colchicum (300x296)Colchicum autumnale – Fall Crocus goes by many other common names, including Naked Lady or Meadow Saffron. As the botanical name indicates, it blooms in autumn with large lavender-pink crocus-like flowers – with the leaves appearing afterwards in spring. All parts of this plant are highly poisonous if ingested. Grows 4-6″ high by 6-8″ wide. Hardy to zone 4.

summerornithogallum (289x300)Ornithogallum umbellatum – Star-of-Bethlehem naturalizes quite well, so much so that some gardeners find it a bit invasive. That said, it does produce lovely clusters of starry white flowers (striped green on the reverse) in early summer. The blooms close at night or on cloudy days and the green strap-like foliage has a faint white line down the center. Grows 4-12″ high by 24″ wide. Zone 7.

summerb (300x289)Schizostylis coccinea (syn. Hesperantha coccinea) – Crimson Flag or Kaffir Lily is a South African native that bears gladiolus-like scarlet flowers, although there are also white, salmon and pink cultivars. It blooms in autumn just above the clumps of linear green leaves. Best in full sun with even soil moisture (but not wet in winter). Grows 12-24″ high. Zone 7.

crocomiaemeberglow (300x294)Crocosmia ‘Emberglow’ – This Crocosmia cultivar features fiery reddish-orange funnel-shaped flowers (with a golden throat) that are much favoured by the hummingbirds. It blooms mid to late summer and makes an excellent cut flower. These are usually planted as corms and they produce green iris-like foliage. Herbaceous. Grows 24-36″ high by 12″ wide. Hardy to zone 6.

003 (300x290)Crinum x powellii – This member of the Amaryllis family is a cross of C. bulbispermum and Crinum moorei. It features umbels of fragrant lily-like white (‘Album’) or pale to mid pink flowers from late summer into autumn. This RHS Award of Garden Merit winner is usually semi-evergeen in nature here in coastal BC. Grows 2 to 3′ high by 18 to 24″ wide. Hardy to zone 7.

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