TOP 5 BULBS...

…for plant­ing now, as cho­sen by Mark Lane

House Beautiful (UK) - - GARDEN INSPIRATION -

Ere­mu­rus ro­bus­tus For height, drama and move­ment, you can­not beat ere­mu­rus. This fox­tail lily has a huge flower spike (up to

2.4m tall), which bears as many as 800 small flow­ers that are a pretty pale peach-pink colour.

Tulipa ‘Ro­coco’A stun­ning tulip for adding a touch of lux­ury and vi­brancy to your flowerbeds or pots. It has over­sized carmine-frilled pe­tals edged with fire-en­gine red with a blue sheen. It’s also great as a cut flower.

Al­lium uni­foliumA pretty com­pact al­lium that is per­fect for con­tain­ers. It has slen­der grey leaves that die back be­fore the open, bell-shaped pink­ish-pur­ple flow­ers emerge in early sum­mer.

Iris ‘Al­ida’ (Retic­u­lata) This dwarf iris, a na­tive of Tur­key and the Cau­ca­sus Moun­tains, has a gen­tle scent. Its soft, sky-blue flow­ers, with a yel­low throat, will bring wel­come colour to your gar­den from Jan­uary to Fe­bru­ary.

Ca­mas­sia le­ichtlinii subsp. suks­dor­fii Loose spires up to 1.3m tall carry clus­ters of li­lac star-shaped blooms. This meadow flower from North Amer­ica is hap­pi­est in moist soil or par­tial shade.

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