The highlight of winter for many gardeners is the arrival in February of numerous plant catalogs, giving assurance that spring is on its way. One of the best is the White Flower Farm catalog. Based in Litchfield, Connecticut, White Flower Farm has offered new varieties of old favorites for decades. White Flower Farm is particularly known for its extensive selection of bulbs, many of which are new varieties available only through their catalog. Order these bulbs in summer for fall planting.
‘Star of Persia’ Allium
‘Star of Persia’ is a flowering onion offering large globes of star-shaped lavender flowers resembling a fireworks display. Growing 18 inches tall, its flowers are 8 to 10 inches across, blooming in fall. Hardy in USDA zones 4 to 7, it grows in full sun and is deer resistant.
A variegated version of Camassia, this native North American bulb has loose spikes of star-shaped white flowers in May and June, surrounded by white-striped blades. It is deer resistant and grows to 30 inches in zones 5 to 8.
'White Magic' Grape Hyacinth
‘White Magic’ is a new variety of the normally dark purple grape hyacinth. The fragrant clusters of downward-facing flowers bear light green caps and appear in early spring. It multiplies rapidly to form dense clusters. It is hardy in zones 4 to 8.
‘Discovery’, a Dutch iris, has dark violet and blue petals with a spray of orange. Growing 24 inches tall in full sun, it bears its flowers in May and June. Dutch iris multiplies quickly to provide luxurious swaths of color in the garden. A great cut flower, it is hardy in zones 6 to 9.
‘Jacqueline’, a graceful lily-flowered tulip, has rose and cherry shades of red in outward arching petals. Growing 20 inches or more, it blooms in May. Grow them in clumps in close proximity to white or red azaleas for a stunning spring display in zones 3 to 7.
'Emcys' is a cyclamineus daffodil. It has a long, butter-yellow trumpet with white petals swept back to the rear, looking like a shuttlecock in mid-air. Deer- and rodent-resistant, it grows 10 inches tall and multiplies quickly. It is hardy in zones 3 to 8.
‘Anastasia’ is a looser, less fussy version of hyacinth with violet flowers on 10-inch stems. Plant with pansies and tulips for a splash of spring color in zones 4 to 8. Highly fragrant, they make long-lasting cut flowers.