Spring Varieties: Bring On The Bulbs

Spring Varieties: Bring On The Bulbs

When Stephanie Thomas was a kid, she and her family used to venture up to Daffodil Hill, a farm in Jackson, Calif., that’s located in a beautiful alpine setting at an elevation of 3,000-plus feet. With pine trees, an old barn, rusting mining equipment and a landscape that’s covered with hundreds of thousands of daffodils, the setting appealed to Thomas, who remembers Daffodil Hill more as the well-kept secret it once was than the tourist destination it is today.

But although Daffodil Hill isn’t a private getaway any longer, it offers unique value to Thomas and the garden center for which she works, Ridge Road Garden Center in Pine Grove, Calif.

“We sell a lot of daffodil bulbs because of Daffodil Hill,” says Thomas, a Ridge Road assistant manager. “A lot of people locally here know about it. It’s blooming in the spring, but in the fall we have to remind customers that if they want their own Daffodil Hill, that’s when they must purchase their daffodil bulbs.”

Ridge Road doesn’t dedicate a ton of space to bulbs – the majority of the bulbs it carries are, in fact, daffodil bulbs – but the Daffodil Hill factor is a unique draw for the garden center.

Your community, city or region probably doesn’t have a Daffodil Hill, but perhaps your area has a tourist destination that plays right into bulbs. Even if your area doesn’t, new bulb varieties – either the bulbs themselves or finished bulb items – are one way to get your customers excited about next spring’s possibilities.

Abbott-IPCO

Abbott-IPCO is introducing three new caladium varieties for 2011, including ‘Cinderella,’ a short-to-intermediate delicate pink lance-leafed caladium. ‘Cinderella’ displays a full-mounding habit with or without de-eyeing in 4-inch and larger pots. De-eyed plants are more compact with more and smaller leaves. In the landscape ‘Cinderella’ makes an excellent border plant in shaded landscapes.

‘White Pearl’ is a short to intermediate white-strapped caladium. Similar in stature to ‘White Ruffles,’ ‘White Pearl’ is a much purer white whereas ‘White Ruffles’ is cream white. ‘White Pearl’ can take full sun and should be useful as a border plant.

‘White Diamond’ is a strap-leafed caladium that makes a great pot or hanging basket plant. In the landscape, ‘White Diamond’ can take full sun but also thrives in partial sun. It has the shortest crop time of all white strap varieties and has good habit even when not de-eyed.

 De Vroomen

Two new dahlia varieties for 2011 are ‘Amber Quartz’ and ‘Tricolore.’ Both varieties bloom mid summer to fall and are hardy to USDA Zones 7 to 10. ‘Amber Quartz’ features a salmon flower that changes to pale yellow toward the center. It grows about 28 inches tall and sports dark foliage. ‘Tricolore,’ meanwhile, is actually three different colors – orange/red, yellow and purple – and is recommended in containers. It grows about 20 inches tall.

 A few other new perennial varieties from De Vroomen are ‘Valentine’ dicentra, ‘Azzurro’ geranium, ‘Can Can’ helenium and ‘Blue Ivory’ hosta.

Leo Berbee Bulb Company

The Leo Berbee Bulb Company has several 2011 introductions, including tulips named ‘Orange Princess’ (pictured), ‘Matchpoint’ and ‘Pink Breeze,’ a daffodil named ‘Jetfire’ and a hyacinth named ‘Multiflora White.’
The three tulip varieties mentioned grow about 12 inches in height and prefer full to part sun. ‘Orange Princess’ sports orange-red flamed double blooms that appear in May. ‘Matchpoint’ has lilac double blooms that appear in April and ‘Pink Breeze’ blooms mid season and features pink, single blooms.

‘Jetfire,’ a lightly scented daffodil, is a Leo Berbee introduction. It grows anywhere from 10 to 14 inches tall and blooms from February to May. Its flowers are yellow with red-orange cups. ‘Multiflora White,’ meanwhile, is a hyacinth that features fragrant white blossoms and grows best in Zones 4 to 10.

Netherland Bulb Company

Netherland Bulb Company is taking the guesswork out of choosing which tulip bulbs to plant with its Pretty In Pink collection. Pretty in Pink is composed of at least five different hardy tulip varieties that are available in soft shades of pink. All were chosen to complement each other. Generally, the mix grows about 18 to 20 inches tall and blooms in mid-spring.

For retailers looking for more unusual varieties, Strawberry Swirl Mix offers two varieties of late-blooming, double-flowering tulips that are considered low maintenance. The collection grows to heights of 16 to 18 inches and blooms in late spring.

The Rock Garden Mix collection is another Netherland Bulb offering, but this one is a collection of narcissus that was chosen for its unique forms, color combinations and heights. These narcissus varieties bloom throughout mid-spring and offer home gardeners a choice for areas that take full or part sun.

Simple Pleasures

The Delight series is a new breed of Darwin hybrid tulips that blooms earlier and longer then all other Darwin hybrids. Colors include Apricot (pictured), Candy Apple, Cherry and Rosy.

Simple Pleasures also has a new double late Peony tulip in ‘Eternal Flame,’ which features lipstick red flowers that are tinged with white and a shock of green. The leaves of ‘Eternal Flame’ are edged with white and pink for a striking garden display. It grows about 12 inches tall.

Simple Pleasures also offers Muscari tulips, which are ideal for borders, rock gardens or planting with other tulips or daffodils. One new Muscari tulip is ‘Pink Sunrise,’ which sports pale pink flowers. ‘Pink Sunrise’ grows 3 or 4 inches tall.

University Of Florida

Caladiums have become mainstays in today’s garden centers. With a bounty of rich pink, red, white and green, they can bring life to any occasion in which they are used. Recently, University of Florida breeders have released a number of new caladium varieties. Florida growers have planned to introduce these varieties to garden centers and gardeners in the coming spring.
‘Cranberry Star’ is one such caladium. Its maroon star speckles and green veins offer an eye-catching contrast against a snowy backdrop. Suited for containers 6 inches or larger, ‘Cranberry Star’s best color display is in partially shaded locations.

A more standard caladium is ‘Firecracker Red,’ which features full heart-shaped leaves with a vivid red core that fades into the verdant border. Plants, 14 to 18 inches tall, take full sun and are suited for containers 8 inches or larger.

‘Summer Rose’ is another recent introduction. It is rose in color but thrives in summer heat and rain, and its best color display is in part shade.

Van Bloem Gardens

Van Bloem Gardens is now the exclusive provider for the new P. Allen Smith Garden Home Collection of summer bulbs. Bulb varieties in the line include cannas, elephant ears, caladiums and dahlias. Gardeners utilizing Smith’s selection of bulbs will be able to group them in clusters as bold accents in flower beds, mix them freely with other annuals and perennials or simply use them in containers.

Additionally, Van Bloem has a new tulip offering in ‘Ice Cream,’ which has big, 4-inch double vanilla white blooms with a blush of pink and green accents.

Vandenberg Bulb Company 

‘Teletubby,’ ‘Flaming Bird’ and ‘Queensland’ are three new tulip varieties from Vandenburg, which is also offering a more vibrant purple allium in ‘His Excellency’ (pictured)
‘Teletubby’ is a Triumph tulip that will flower between late April and early May. It grows to a height of 20 inches and gets its name, of course, from the popular kids show “Teletubbies.” ‘Flaming Bird’ is a Parrot tulip that flowers in May, growing 20 inches tall. It is a white cream-colored tulip with vibrant red vertical accents. ‘Queensland,’ meanwhile, is a fringed double tulip that also flowers in May. It grows about 16 inches tall and is a beautiful dark pink/apricot color on the bottom with snow white fringes on its tips.

Leave a Reply

More From Bulbs/Seeds...
Bauman Farms

July 28, 2015

Local Garden Centers To Visit During Farwest 2015

While you’re in Portland for the Farwest show, set aside some time to pay a visit to these local independent garden centers and check out some of the innovative things they’re doing.

Read More
Farwest Seminars

July 28, 2015

What’s New And What To Do At Farwest 2015

Are you planning to attend the 2015 Farwest show? Here's a list of things to do, including new activities, at the event, which take place Aug. 27-29 in Portland, Ore.

Read More
Bob Peters featured image

July 28, 2015

J.R. Peters’ Founder Dies At 97

Robert "Bob" Peters founded the garden fertilizer company that became JR Peters and has been an active supporter of the greenhouse and garden center industries since World War II.

Read More
Latest Stories
Bauman Farms

July 28, 2015

Local Garden Centers To Visit During Farwest 2015

While you’re in Portland for the Farwest show, set aside some time to pay a visit to these local independent garden centers and check out some of the innovative things they’re doing.

Read More
Farwest Seminars

July 28, 2015

What’s New And What To Do At Farwest 2015

Are you planning to attend the 2015 Farwest show? Here's a list of things to do, including new activities, at the event, which take place Aug. 27-29 in Portland, Ore.

Read More
Bob Peters featured image

July 28, 2015

J.R. Peters’ Founder Dies At 97

Robert "Bob" Peters founded the garden fertilizer company that became JR Peters and has been an active supporter of the greenhouse and garden center industries since World War II.

Read More
IGC Show App

July 27, 2015

Want A Guide To This Year’s IGC Shows? There̵…

IGC Show organizers have launched new free apps for IGC East and IGC Chicago, available for download in the Apple App Store and on Google Play, that offer information on conference sessions and special events.

Read More
Impatiens Lollipop Series (Ernst Benary Of America)

July 27, 2015

18 New Annuals That Are Great For Either Sun Or Shade […

Now is the time to start planning for which annuals will be on display at your garden center in 2016. Check out this slideshow of breeders’ picks for their favorite new sun and shade varieties for the garden retail market in the coming year.  

Read More
Ingenico EMV

July 27, 2015

Why PCI And EMV Compliance May Not Be Enough For Retail…

A report from the National Retail Federation indicates that while companies are becoming more compliant with PCI standards, it may not be enough to protect them from fraud. Note: Thanks for Epicor for sponsoring this EMV story.

Read More
Ian Baldwin

July 27, 2015

Ian Baldwin: Validating Customer Complaints Can Pay Div…

In his latest blog posting, Ian Baldwin says when you deal with customer concerns in an empathetic fashion, you’re more likely to earn repeat business and future sales.

Read More
Farwest Nursery Tour

July 24, 2015

Farwest 2015 Show Promises To Be Far From Ordinary

Farwest, which takes place Aug. 27-29 in Portland, Ore., is the show to discover new nursery and retail-focused products, equipment and services, find new, popular plant varieties, and network with thousands of top industry professionals.

Read More

July 23, 2015

Lakeview Nurseries’ Michelle Harvey Appointed To Massac…

Following a passion for government policy, Harvey says she’s excited to be able to educate elected officials about issues important to the horticulture industry.

Read More

July 22, 2015

Economic Growth Will Fuel Garden Demand [2015 State Of …

As the housing industry continues to rebound and the economy improves, economist Charlie Hall says consumers will unleash pent-up demand, which means good news for garden retailers.

Read More

July 22, 2015

Local Garden Centers To Visit During The Nursery/Landsc…

While you’re in Dallas for the Nursery/Landscape EXPO, set aside some time to pay a visit to these local independent garden centers and check out some of the innovative things they’re doing.

Read More
Texas NLA Trade Show Floor

July 21, 2015

What To Do And What’s New At the Nursery/Landscap…

Are you planning to attend the 2015 Nursery/Landscape EXPO? If so, here’s a list of things to do, including new activities, at the event, which take place Aug. 13-15 in Dallas.

Read More
Texas NLA Opening Ceremony

July 21, 2015

Nursery/Landscape EXPO: Where Business Begins With A Ha…

The Nursery/Landscape EXPO offers independent garden centers the chance to diversify their product lines with the latest varieties in greenscapes and hardscapes.

Read More
Calibrachoa ‘Superbells Holy Moly!’ From Proven Winners

July 21, 2015

Garden Center Retailers Highlight Their Favorite New Pr…

Coordinated by The Garden Center Group, the Retailers Choice Awards’ are selected by a team of retailers, along with Sid Raisch and Danny Summers, walking the trade show flow in search of stand-out plants and hard goods.

Read More
girl on smartphone

July 21, 2015

Cultivate’15: Keynote Curt Steinhorst Says Generational…

Curt Steinhorst of The Center for Generational Kinetics kicked off Cultivate’15 with a dynamic keynote address filled with humor on how to bridge the generational gaps in the workforce and use it to your competitive advantage. Steinhorst says that his generation of Millennials has a reputation for feeling entitled, an attitude that many employers are baffled by. The biggest question is, where did this attitude come from? Steinhorst says you don’t have to look much further than parents who wanted their kids to have an easier life than they did, so they paid the college tuition, financed the cars, bought the clothing and covered the rent on the apartment and on and on. “Baby Boomers who wanted your children to have an easier life, I just want to let you know, mission accomplished,” he says. “Millennials have had all of the freedoms of adulthood without the responsibility.” One problem with […]

Read More

July 21, 2015

SNA Providing Scholarships To 12 Horticulture Students …

The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Fund has announced the names of 12 students from five southeastern universities chosen to receive academic scholarships this year. The presentations will take place on Wednesday, July 22, during SNA 2015 in Atlanta.

Read More
Wertheim in 1941, taken by his future wife, Margit.

July 21, 2015

A Homeless Ernest Wertheim Makes Lasting Connections On…

Editor’s note: When Ernest Wertheim arrived in the United Sates, he first landed in New York and traveled to the Philadelphia area, being hosted by established Jewish families. But he needed to work, and the most promising job he was offered that fit his landscaping design training would not be available for several months. Then he was invited to San Francisco to work for a woman who would be able to launch him in California. Here’s an excerpt that shows how precarious his position was once he arrived in a part of the country where he knew no one. We arrived at the Greyhound station at Fifth and Mission in downtown San Francisco. When I got out of the bus, the loudspeaker was on, and I heard an impassioned voice speaking in German. It was Hitler. He spoke of the strength of the Nazi Party and the recovery of a nation […]

Read More

July 20, 2015

Ernest Wertheim Tells General MacArthur He’s Not …

Editor’s note: Wertheim was recruited to train as an intelligence officer. Prior to D-Day, he was assigned to a group that would go behind enemy lines into Germany for a secret mission, with each team member taking a different route into London to rendezvous. So when he received orders to leave, he didn’t think it odd he headed west. However, when his final destination was the South Pacific, he realized a mistake had been made. Here is an excerpt which recounts Wertheim’s first encounter with General Douglas MacArthur, when he finally learns why the mistaken assignment was not corrected.   The 40th encountered several severely damaged bridges. The Army engineers had to repair them before we could cross with all our heavy equipment, and this caused a substantial deal in our flanking maneuver. In the meantime, the 37th ran into far less opposition and made it to the meeting place outside Camiling. […]

Read More