All tulips seem alike, but one soon realizes that there are differences. The flowering period of tulips in southern Ontario is from late April to early June–the magnificent season of spring. While bulbs such as crocus and snowdrops bloom slightly earlier, with a little planning you can have tulips blooming throughout spring. The first step…

Gorgeous hybrid trumpet, Asiatic and oriental lilies highlight the summer garden, but let’s not overlook the naturally occurring species lilies, the foundation of all selectively bred hybrids. As well as having subtle charms, species lilies are often more resilient and vigorous than the cultivars. The Turk’s cap, for example, is little known but comes in…

Of all tender flowering bulbs, the amaryllis, or Hippeastrum, is the easiest to bring to bloom. Amaryllis in Greek means “sparkling, ” and this is an apt description of this elegant plant. Hippeastrum is a true bulb, as compared to a  tuber or a corm, which simply means that it contains the immature flower and…

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