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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Bulbs

Every Fall our bulb growers deliver the Colouful Companions Bulb Combinations that will be available to us for the year. The combinations this year are particularly striking. Many of them hot, bright colours like red, orange and yellow to grab attention, while others like the Flowering Alliums are in the more reserved cool white, blue and purple tones. These Colourful companions make bulb planting even easier than it already is. Simply plant and go - the designers have done all the work for us... enjoy!

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Joyful Hearts Tulips Colourful Companions

Surround yourself with the beauty of Joyful Hearts. This Colourful Companion features a duet of double early tulips in unique soft coppery shades and warm lavender pink. The magnificent flowers, filled with layer upon layer of fragrant petals, look more like peonies than tulips. Ideal for containers in a prominent location. Makes a good cut flower too! Blooms in mid-spring. Grows to 45 cm (18”). Buy Joyful Hearts Tulips online

Coral Reef Hyacinths & Tulips Colourful Companions

Coral Reef is a lovely combination of salmon pink hyacinths, white petalled narcissus with an orange cup and soft orange tulips. Great for containers. Blooms in mid-spring. Grows to 18 inches in height. Buy Coral Reef Colouful Companions Online

Happy Together Tulips Colourful Companions

Beautiful blend of yellow and pink tulips. Great for containers. Blooms in mid-spring. Fragrant. Grows to 12 inches in height. Buy Happy Together Tulips online.

Hollywood Nights Tulips Colourful Companions

Striking combination of tulips in shades of yellow, red & burgundy. Ideal for cut flowers. Mid-spring to late spring blooms. Grows to a height of 20 inches. Buy Hollywood Nights Colourful Companions online.

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Seabreeze Hyacinths Colourful Companions

Gorgeous combination of fragrant hyacinths in shades of white, blue and light blue. Great for containers. Blooms in mid-spring. Grows to a height of 10 inches.

Under the Stars Tulips Colourful Companions

Attractive combination of tulips in shades of white and variegated white and red. Great for cut flowers. Blooms in mid-spring. Grows to a height of 18 inches. Buy Under The Stars Tulips online

Hello Spring Narcissus Colourful Companions

A wonderful collection of fragrant daffodils in shades orange, yellow and creamy white. Blooms in mid-spring. Average height of 18 inches. Prefers full to part sun. 12 Bulbs Per Pack. Deer resistant. Buy Hello Spring Colourful Companions Online

Allium Double Bubble

Colourful Companions Double Bubble bulbs grow to be a soft lavender and white allium. They are great for cut flower arrangements and bloom in the late spring to summer. Fragrant as well as deer repellant. 4 bulbs per pack. Buy Double Bubble Alliums online

Sun Shower Tulips & Narcissus Colourful Companions

Sun Showers Colourful Companions is a combination of yellow and orange daffodils with orange and yellow tulips. Fragrant. Flowers in mid-spring. Average height 16 inches. 16 bulbs per pack. Buy Sun Shower Colourful Companions Online

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Feathered Fascination Tulips Colourful Companions

This colourful companion pack containers 2 types of tulips. A feathered purple and a lavender fringed-white tulips is sure to please gardeners looking for tulips in a cool colour palette. This new combination is ideal for cut flowers when it blooms in late spring. Grows to a height of 22 inches. Prefers to be grown in full to part sun. 14 bulbs per pack.

Charisma Tulips & Narcissus Colourful Companions

Charisma is a colourful combination of tulips and narcissus in shades of white, orange and peach. They are great for naturalizing and flower in mid spring. Average height of 18 inches. Prefers to be grown in full to part sun. 16 bulbs per pack. Buy Charisma Colourful Companions Online

Best bulb selection is from September through late October, Hurry in for best selection of place your orders online!


Sunday, September 7, 2014
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Bulbs

Every year in September our fall planting, spring blooming flower bulbs arrive. Colourful tulips, delightful daffodils, fragrant hyacinths and dainty crocus are unpacked and made available for purchase. The best part of this task is discovering what the new varieties are for this year. So far, we've seen a nice selection of new tulips, a new daffodil, a handful of interesting crocus and even two new varieties of garlic. So without further ado, here are the new flower bulbs at Arts Nursery for 2014.

New Crocus Varieties

Orange Monarch Snow Crocus

Orange Monarch Snow Crocus

This super popular flaming orange crocus was originally available last year in limited quantities and is back again in larger numbers. Black streaks accent the orange flower colour. As a Snow Crocus, it is slightly smaller, growing to only 4 inches in height and flowers in early spring. Narrow green leaves have a silver stripe down the middle. Grow Orange Monarch in full sun and space the bulbs about 2 inches apart.

Yalta Crocus

Yalta Crocus

Yalta is a new variety of naturalizing crocus with flowers that are both white and purple. It sports some of the biggest crocus blooms available. Narrow green leaves have a slivery strip down the middle for added interest. Grows to 4 inches in height and should be planted in full sun. Blooms in early spring.

Sieberi Spring Beauty Snow Crocus

Sieberi Spring Beauty Snow Crocus

This hard to find variety of Snow Crocus is bi-coloured in shades of white, purple and even a hint of lavender. It is a variety that is good for naturalizing and like many of the others, features green narrow foliage with a silver stripe down the middle. Grow it in full sun and space the bulbs 2 inches apart. Grows to a height of 4 inches

New Tulip Varieties

Tender Whisper Tulip

Tender Whisper Triumph Tulip

Although it is a Triumph Tulip variety, Tender Whisper looks almost like a lily-flowered tulip. Flowers are unusually shaped and feature a white base blending towards pinkish red near the top. Strong stems make it an excellent cut flower too! Tender Whisper blooms in mid-spring and grows to a height of 18 inches. Plant in full sun and space bulbs 4 inches apart.

Delight Series Tulips

Delight Series Single Early Tulips

These four Single Early Tulips are available in 4 distinct varieties: Apricot Delight, Candy Apple Delight, Cherry Delight and Rosy Delight. Apricot Delight has flowers that are pink blushed to white. Cherry Delight has mid to dark shades of red. Rosy Delight is mostly pink while Candy Apple featured red, pink and creamy coloured margins. All four varieties are good cut flowers and will grow to a height of 14 inches. They bloom in mid-spring. Grow in full sun and space bulbs 4 inches apart.

Siesta Tulip

Siesta Fringed Tulips

Purple and pink petals edged white with lace-like fringes make Siesta a show stopper. Blooming in late spring, Siesta is a good cut flower reaching to 16 inches in height. Grow it in full sun and space bulbs 4 inches apart.

Boston Tulip

Boston Triumph Tulips

Boston is a new, attention grabbing two-toned red and yellow tulip that grows to 18 inches in height. An excellent cut flower, it blooms in mid-spring and will also attract bees and hummingbirds with its light fragrance. Like the other tulips, grow it in full sun and space bulbs 4 inches apart.

Prins Willem Alexander Tulip

Prins Willem Alexander Triumph Tulips

This attractive, orange-coloured Triumph Tulip is named to honour the new King of the Netherlands, Willem Alexander. Growing to 20 inches in height on strong stems also makes it suitable as a cut flower variety. Blooms in mid-spring and like the others should be planted in the full sun.

Miami Sunset Tulip

Miami Sunset

Miami Sunset is a gorgeous fringed tulip variety with vivid tropical colours ranging from red, through pink and orange and even a hint of yellow near the base. Distinctive fringed edges add even more interest. Miami Sunset blooms in late spring and will reach a height of 18 inches. Grow in full sun and space bulbs 4 inches apart.

Humilis Tete a Tete Tulip

Humilis Tete a Tete Multiflowering Tulip

Tete a Tete is the first ever double-petalled, multi-flowering tulip. They bloom in mid-spring and very short stems that will only reach 4 inches in height. Flowers are red in colour and can be used as a short cut flower. Each stem will produce 4-6 full sized flowers! They will make quite a display in beds, containers and borders. Grow in full sun and space bulbs 4 inches apart.

Praestans Shogun Tulip

Praestans Shogun Mini Botanical Tulip

This 10 inch high botanical tulip variety produces 3-4 brightly coloured yellow and orange blooms per stem in early to mid-spring. Praestans Shogun creates a woodland look and naturalizes well. It can even form a beautiful floral groundcover when planted close together. They are ideal for rock gardens, containers and borders. As an added bonus, their flowers are extremely long lasting, sometimes holding their flowers for several weeks! Plant in full to part sun and space bulbs 3 inches apart.

New Daffodil Varieties

Smiling Twin Narcissus / Daffodil

Smiling Twin Novelty Narcissus

Smiling Twin is a split-corona Narcissus (or Daffodil) with colours ranging from creamy yellow to lemon yellow near the center. It blooms in mid-spring with a nice fragrance and grows to a height of about 16 inches. Grow in full sun to light shade and space bulbs 6 inches apart. As an added benefit, narcissus are also deer resistant, naturalizing and can attract bees and hummingbirds to your garden.

New Garlic Varieties

Music Garlic

Music Garlic

This hardneck garlic variety has easily peeled cloves, a strong flavor and a luscious lasting after taste. Their cloves are often larger and have less of an outer wrapper. The flavour is pungent, sweet and good and can be quite hot if eaten raw, Like all garlics, Music should be grown in the full sun and spaced about 6 inches apart.

Siberian Garlic

Siberian Garlic

Siberian Garlic is attractive, flavourful and offers plenty of heat if eaten raw. The bulb is white with streaks of reddish purple. This hardneck variety produces larger, but fewer cloves than do the softneck varieties. Garlic is also deer resistant and will also help keep insects and fungal diseases in check. Plant in full sun and space 6 inches apart.

Bulb Planting & Care

The best time to plant bulbs is in the late summer and early fall, just as the autumn rains begin. Choose bulbs that are strong and solid, not mushy. When planting bulbs, dig a hole 2-3 times the height of the bulb and add bonemeal. Drop the bulb into the hole with the pointy side up. Not all bulbs have a pointy side, so do your best to figure out which side is the top. Fill the hole back up with soil and add Bulb Fertilizer on top for extra growth. Space bulbs close together, but not touching. For best effect, create large drifts or swatches of colour instead of planting one here and one there.

You can also plant bulbs in layers in either containers or the garden. It is a good idea to put labels or tags into the area so you remember what you planted! Once bulbs have finished blooming, allow their foliage to die back and yellow naturally. This allows the plant to put energy back into the bulb for next years display. Wait as long as you can before cutting back the foliage.

For best selection, drop by Art’s Nursery this September and choose your bulbs when the selection is at its peak! If you have any questions about these spring blooming bulbs, feel free to visit us in person or give us a call at 604.882.1201


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