Photographs courtesy of Colorblends
As gardeners across the country flock to flower bulb websites, they’re eager to snap up the newest and most interesting tulips, daffodils and hyacinths before they sell out. Interest in gardening is high this year and quick clickers will be rewarded.
Bulb resource Colorblends reports that bulb-shopping traffic is brisk. The following is a sampler of what’s new from Colorblends.com to plant for Fall 2020:
Colorblends Tulip Blend Judy Beauty is a mix of six chalice-shaped triumph tulips that bloom in midseason. The large flowers are in bright, fresh shades of white, yellow, reddish orange, red, rosy pink and yellow-orange. In an elegant touch, all six varieties selected by Colorblends share a kiss of yellow at the flower base. Judy Beauty grows 20- to 22-inches tall and is suited to planting in clusters, large displays and cutting gardens. Hardy in USDA Zones 3a-8b. Western limit 10b. (Prechill in USDA Zones 7b and warmer in the South, Southwest and California.)
Colorblends Tulip Blend Zephyr blooms “above and below”, pairing 24-inch-tall, pink-and-white tulips with 18-inch-tall white tulips. Varied flower shapes add further interest. Zephyr is suited to planting in clusters, large displays and cutting gardens. Hardy in USDA Zones 3a-8b. Western limit 10b. (Prechill in USDA Zones 7b and warmer in the South, Southwest and California.)
Tulip ‘Liva’ is a dazzling new lily-flowered tulip variety. It is a rich mauve pink, set off by a base of yellow, encircled in white. ‘Liva’ is the same glorious hot pink shade that fashionistas call Schiaparelli pink. The large flower’s elongated petals are pointed and open wide in the sun. ‘Liva’ is 22- to 24-inches tall and blooms in late season. Hardy in USDA Zones 3a-8b. Western limit 10b. (Prechill in USDA Zones 7b and warmer.)
Colorblends Daffodil Blend Bloom Factory brings sweet fragrance and an abundance of soft-yellow, gold and white blooms to the midseason garden. This daffodil mix stands out for its small-flowered, multi-flowering varieties, which grow 13- to 15-inches tall. All may be considered miniatures — there’s not a large cup or big trumpet among them. The blend is suited to planting densely or in loose clusters. Hardy in USDA Zones 3a-7b. Western limit 9b.
Daffodil ‘Sweet Ocean’ is a terrific new jonquil with double flowers and a light, sweet fragrance. It grows 14- to 16-inches tall and blooms itself silly in early-mid season. The yellow flowers open to reveal ruffled orange centers. Things change quickly as the yellow petals pale to creamy white and the orange centers take on pink accents. In the garden or landscape, a stand of ‘Sweet Ocean’ presents a multicolored blur of yellow, cream and white, laced with hints of orange and apricot pink. Hardy in USDA Zones 3a-7b. Western limit 9b.
Daffodil ‘Tom Pouce’ is a large-cupped Narcissus so adorable it stops people in their tracks. The creamy yellow flowers are star-shaped. A white halo surrounds an apricot-colored cup with a ruffled rim. In the garden, shifting sunlight makes the pale petals appear luminous and the cups pick up glints of pink, coral or yellow. ‘Tom Pouce’ is 14- to 16-inches tall and blooms in early season. Hardy in USDA Zones 3a-7b. Western limit 9b.
Hyacinth ‘Yellowstone’ adds an appealing new color to a flower family prized for fragrance. “This is, arguably, the best yellow color in hyacinths to date,” says horticulturist Christian Curless of Colorblends. ‘Yellowstone’ has rich butter-yellow florets that are accented by a darker yellow at the centers and flipsides. As the flowers age, the soft yellow fades to a creamy yellow, retaining strong presence. They stand nearly 10 inches tall and bloom in early season. Hardy in USDA Zones 4a-8b. Western limit 10b. (Prechill in USDA Zones 7b and warmer.)
Color blends is a Connecticut-based flower bulb wholesaler that sells direct to landscape professionals and home gardeners nationwide, offering top quality and wholesale pricing with a minimum $60 order. For ordering and more information, visit Colorblends.com or call 888-847-8637.
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By Pamela Crawford, author, Easy Patio Veggies & Herbs
Photographs by Pamela Crawford
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