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Create a maintenance-free, legacy garden with these daffodil and lily bulbs.
  • Bulbs are the fall gardener's best friends, taking just moments to plant and needing no attention until their blooms appear in spring or summer.
    J&P Park Acquisitions, Inc.

    Bulbs for fall

    Bulbs are the fall gardener's best friends, taking just moments to plant and needing no attention until their blooms appear in spring or summer.

    Many magnificent types of bulbs are available for fall planting, none easier nor more economical than daffodils (Narcissus) and magic lilies (Lycoris).

    These wonderful plants delight gardeners by spreading over time, as the handful of bulbs planted this fall may become a large drift of color.

    Date Published: August 19, 2014
    Date Updated: August 19, 2014
  • This bulb is so adaptable, tolerating a bit of shade and requiring absolutely no care once it is planted in well-drained garden soil.

    Hardy and adaptable

    Daffodils are very hardy, thriving across the continental United States, though some varieties are short-lived in the semi-tropical climates (USDA hardiness zones 9b, 10, and 11) of the Deep South.

    This bulb is so adaptable, tolerating a bit of shade and requiring absolutely no care once it is planted in well-drained garden soil.

    Date Published: August 19, 2014
    Date Updated: August 19, 2014
  • Clever gardeners hide the foliage by planting daylilies among the daffodils; just as the daffodils begin to pass, the daylilies leaf out fresh and green

    Alone time

    Neglect is actually essential. After the daffodils bloom in early spring, their leaves take several weeks to "die back" (turn brown and fall over), and they must be left alone during this time, as the plant is storing nutrients for next year's blooms.

    Clever gardeners hide the foliage by planting daylilies among the daffodils; just as the daffodils begin to pass, the daylilies leaf out fresh and green.

    Date Published: August 19, 2014
    Date Updated: August 19, 2014
  • For those fond of plants with names and histories, there are heirlooms such as Daffodil Mount Hood (introduced in 1937 and still a favorite) and the species daffodil called Pheasant's Eye, which pre-dates Queen Victoria and is beloved both for its unusual flower form and for its tolerance of wet winter soils.

    Daffodils to plant

    Gardeners looking to create legacy plantings may want to consider economical mixes specially designed for longevity.

    For those fond of plants with names and histories, there are heirlooms such as Daffodil Mount Hood (introduced in 1937 and still a favorite) and the species daffodil called Pheasant's Eye, which pre-dates Queen Victoria and is beloved both for its unusual flower form and for its tolerance of wet winter soils.

    Date Published: August 19, 2014
    Date Updated: August 19, 2014
  •  While daffodils greet spring in the garden, magic lilies (and their cousins, the spider lilies) arise in fall, often long after the gardener has forgotten having planted them.

    Magic Lily

    While daffodils greet spring in the garden, magic lilies (and their cousins, the spider lilies) arise in fall, often long after the gardener has forgotten having planted them.

    Magic Lily (Lycoris squamigera), also known as the Surprise Lily, is particularly crafty-- its foliage appearing in spring and then dying back without sporting a single flower.

    Months later, often after a rainfall, a tall stem will suddenly shoot up, setting a large cluster of pink blooms that lasts for weeks. 

    Date Published: August 19, 2014
    Date Updated: August 19, 2014
  • Spider lilies don't reveal themselves at all until fall.
    J&P Park Acquisitions, Inc.

    Spider Lily

    Quickly following the Magic Lily is the Spider Lily. Spider lilies don't reveal themselves at all until fall.

    At that time, long, strappy foliage and tall bloom stalks appear, topped with rounded balls of slender, elegant flowers.

    Magic lilies are hardy everywhere above zone 5, while spider lilies return in the warmer climates of zones 7-10.

    For more information on growing a maintenance-free legacy garden, visit parkseed.com.

    Date Published: August 19, 2014
    Date Updated: August 19, 2014

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