This unbelievable pack of 75 easy-to-grow and highly desirable fritillary bulbs will create vibrant, contemporary displays for your garden, patio or decking.
If these are planted in autumn, they will begin to flourish in early spring, providing a spectrum of colours sure to impress and inspire anyone who sees them from April to May.
Fritillaries are the aristocracy of bulbs, with exotic blooms produced in a spectrum of colours and shapes.
This collection includes:
40 x Fritillaria uva-vulpis – Also known as Fox's Grape, Fritillaria uva-vulpis have delicate, bell-shaped flowers. The stunning purple blooms reveal a golden yellow centre. Grows to 20cm height.
30 x Fritillaria meleagris mixed – A stunning mix of colours from purple to white, Fritillaria meleagris is also known as Snakeshead due to its unusual checkerboard markings. Ideal for creating border displays. Grows to 25cm height.
3 x Fritillaria persica – This fritillary has unusual dark-purple, bell-shaped flowers, and is one of the easiest to grow. Grows to 100cm height.
2 x Crown Imperial – Also known as Fritillaria imperialis, this stately plant flowers impactfully from April onwards and is so named because of its whorl of leaves on the top of the blooms, which look like a crown. Grows to 120cm height.
Supplied as a pack of 75 bulbs (various sizes), as listed:
Check the bag of each variety for any additional instructions.
F. uva-vulpis – Handle the fragile bulbs carefully and plant from September to November at four times their own depth. Plant in a sunny position where they can get some shade during the hottest part of the day – they are ideal for gravel gardens.
F. persica – Plant 12cm (5in) deep from September to November in fertile, well-drained soil, and keep an eye out for slug and snail damage when the new foliage is emerging in spring.
F. meleagris mixed – Handle the fragile bulbs carefully and plant from September to November at four times their own depth.
F. imperialis – Plant 30cm (12in) deep from September to November in fertile, well-drained soil, and keep an eye out for slug and snail damage when the new foliage is emerging in spring.
Fritillaries need a moderately fertile, humous-rich, well-drained soil and are intolerant of wet when dormant, so avoid heavy clay or anywhere where water sits. Heavy soil can be improved with the addition of sharp sand or horticultural grit. Add 1cm (½ in) of coarse sand to the planting hole before placing the bulbs pointed end up.
Plants benefit from early morning sun, then light shade in the afternoon. Suitable for rock gardens, raised beds, herbaceous borders, pots or naturalising in grass, where they form a stunning display. Leave them in the ground once they die back and they will come back bigger and better each year.
If planted in pots, be sure to water frequently to keep moist.
While all the energy that a bulb needs in order to grow is stored in the bulb itself, they will do better if you feed them when in active green growth.