Spring Flowering Ornamental Bulbs
Van Zyverden Flowering Bulbs have arrived at SummerWinds. We've chosen the very best from traditional favorites to the many unique varieties. Selection is great right now and they are guaranteed to energize your spring.
Please note: Selection may vary by location.
Allium - Purple Sensation
Allium, common name ornamental onion, would make a wonderful addition to your garden. Their slender stems and gorgeous round purple blooms give the appearance of lollipops standing out amongst other lovely flowers. They bloom May to June, on the heels of late tulips and look best when planted in clusters. They prefer full sun to part shade and these lightly scented flowers attract butterflies!
- a. Blatant
- b. Pleasant Peasant
- c. Eternal Bliss
- d. Best Bet
- e. Chasing Rainbows
Bearded Irises are hardy perennials that are very easy to grow. They bloom in late spring, typically after tulips and daffodils. Irises are popular for their beauty and in many cultures for their meaning.
- In ancient Greek times, “eiris” meant “messenger” or “eloquence”, which related to the messages the Greek goddess, Iris, carried.
- In Japanese culture – iris is revered for its purifying properties. It had the ability to remove evil energies
- The Chinese portrayed the iris in a lighter form - it was seen as “the dancing spirit of early summer.”
- Less of a culture but more during a period in time, the Victorian Era, irises represented faith, hope, courage, wisdom and admiration.
What will these beauties mean to you in your landscape?
- a. Sativus Saffron
- b. Large Flowering Mix
Crocuses are those cheery flowers that announce, “Aw shucks, spring has officially arrived!” They are one of the more easy to pop in the ground and grow bulbs. And while you can’t force spring to come any sooner, the appearance of these delightful little blooms will get you revved up for a great gardening season.
Dutch Iris Mix
Dutch iris, also known as Iris hollandica, have orchid-like flowers with silky petals. They are popular with floral designers, due to their bright and long lasting nature in vases. And unlike other types of iris that grow from thickened roots called rhizomes, Dutch Irises grow from teardrop-shaped bulbs.
- Prefer full sun
- Well draining soil
- Look amazing in containers
- a. Freesia Single Yellow
- b. Freesia Single White
- c. Freesia Single Blue
- d. Freesia Single Mix
These beautiful perennials have so much to offer. They are loved for their pure colors, sweet perfume and grow incredibly well in containers. Freesias are one of the most popular cut flowers and have a long vase life.
- Prefer full sun or part shade and grow best at 55 to 60°F
- Well-drained spot, in sun or light shade. Add plenty of organic matter to improve thin soils
- Water sparingly before sprouting, then water consistently, keeping the soil lightly moist
- To create a generous display of flowers, plant groups of at least 6 to 10 freesia corms and position them no more than 2” apart
Ixia, also knows as the Wand Flower, are the perfect perennial for the hot, sunny spots in your garden. Their tall spikes of star-like blooms stand out with various shades of pink, yellow and white, all which open to reveal contrasting colors. Ixias bloom in late spring and will attract our fluttery friends, the butterfly.
- a. Narcissus Daffodil
- b. Narcissus Thailia
- c. Narcissus Dutch Master
- d. Narcissus Peach Cobbler
- e. Narcissus Trumpet Mix
- f. Narcissus Ice Follies
- g. Narcissus Mount Hood
- h. Narcissus Tete A Tete
- i. Narcissus Pink Charm
- i. Narcissus Ariel
This beauty, loved by many, is a name of genus, which includes flower bulbs like Daffodils, Jonquils, Paper whites, etc.
According to classical mythology, a young lad Narcissus, was so enamored with himself that he stared at his reflection in a pool of water until he eventually turned into his namesake flower. And this is how Narcissus flowers earned their name.
Narcissus bloom in late winter or early spring and are great for planting between shrubs, in a border or for forcing blooms indoor.
- a. Ranunculus Mix
- b. Ranunculus Pink
- c. Ranunculus Picotee
Ranunculus blossoms display layer upon layer of silky petals in bright colors, making this flower almost too perfect to be real. Perhaps this is one flower bulb you hadn’t thought to plant and grow yourself but it can be done in both containers and your garden.
- Grow in full sun with some afternoon shade. Ranunculus like the bright light but not the hot temperatures of the sun.
- Plant in light, well-drained soil
- Bloom in late spring
Sparaxis Mix, also known as a Harlequin flowers, bring bursts of color to your garden with their trumpet-shaped blooms and contrasting star-shaped throats. Stunning in mass planting, they will create a carpet of color. Harlequin flowers are perfect for borders, rock gardens, and containers.
- Blooms early to mid summer
- a. Tulip Estella Rijnveld
- b. Tulip Non-Stop Pink
- c. Tulip El Diablo Roja
- d. Tulip Margarita
- e. Tulip Non-Stop Red
- f. Tulip Angelique
When you think of spring flowers, chances are you are thinking of tulips. Delicate and colorful cups that sit atop a long green stem. These are just a few of our lovely pinks and reds. Tulips are available in a variety of colors in which to “paint” your garden with.
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Still Not Sure Which Flowering Bulb Is Right For You?
Check out Drop. Dig. Done® Bulb Personality Quiz. If nothing else, it's entertaining.
Pansies and Violas
This is the time of year when Pansies and Violas shine. They make a natural and hardy cover for your sleeping bulbs.
Interested in seeing your bulbs bloom sooner than spring?
Many of the bulbs we carry look amazing in fall planters or indoors for the holidays. There is a sure fire way to encourage your spring blooming bulbs to shine this fall and that is to force them. Sounds gruff but it's actually an easy and effective way to enjoy your bulbs this fall.
Gardening Essentials - For Planting Flowering Bulbs
SummerWinds Planting Mix
SummerWinds Planting Mix is a Natural and Organic Blend formulated with your growing conditions in mind. It is an all-purpose mix, great for flowers, trees, vegetables and ornamentals. Available in 2 cu ft. Bags.
E.B. Stone Organics Bulb Food
E.B. Stone Bulb Food is a blend of premium organic fertilizer formulated to provide the nutrients vital for abundant growth and flowers. The long lasting ingredients are ideal for feeding bulbs throughout the bloom period and will provide the nutrients necessary for a strong root system and vigorous bulbs. Contains: Feather Meal, Bone Meal, Dried Chicken Manure, Bat Guano, Alfalfa Meal, Kelp Meal, Potassium Sulfate, Humic Acids and Soil Microbes including Mycorrhizal Fungi.
Bond Bulb Planter
This handy little tool will make planting your flowering bulbs a breeze.
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Get an Edible Start on BulbsJust Arrived! - Edible Starts! Choose from onions, garlic and shallots.
All of the onion varieties below, vary slightly in flavor, texture, and color, but can usually be substituted for one another. In terms of cooking, they will all behave the same in the pan.
- Red Karmen - Red Karmen Onions grow well in most soils in full sun. Their red color ranges from a deep red to a purple and they produce a round to flat onion with a fantastic, slightly spicy taste.
- Stuttgarter Yellow Onion - The firm skin of this yellow onion makes it a great variety for storage. The Stuttgarter onion is best used for cooking. It’s hot when eaten raw but the heat of the onion dissipates during cooking.
- White Snowball Onion - White papery skin with a slightly sharp, zesty, flavor. Often used in Mexican cooking.
- Not all varieties available at all locations
- Elephant Garlic - Elephant Garlic earned its name for its size, how it smells and for how it tastes but not because it is garlic. It’s actually a member of the leek family.
- California Garlic - This is a great variety as it is an early season harvest, offers a nice mild flavor, stores well, and produces 10 to 16 cloves per head. What more could you want?
- Not all varieties available at all locations
Yellow Shallot Bulbs
Where would be without shallots? They're often seen in French cuisine, where they're featured in classic sauces such as mignonette. They're
also indispensable to Asian dishes—often crisp-fried or ground into curry pastes.
Milder in flavor than red onions, but more assertive than yellow, with a hint of garlic flavor. Uses: Thinly sliced and fried for topping Thai curried noodles, congee, or deviled eggs; minced into basic vinaigrettes for added crunch and flavor. You'll need shallots to make the Ultimate Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole, and we love them roasted under a whole chicken.
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