Hudson Valley Garden Association aren’t the only local folks crazy about spring blooming bulbs! This fall Orange County Arboretum horticulturist and arborist, Pete Patel, and staff will be planting over 40,000 bulbs that will bloom next year. We asked Pete to share his favorites, and offer a little bit of advice based on his years of experience and observation growing these spring beauties.
1) Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ – Many people do not like this allium’s smaller bloom, but it flowers the earliest (with Darwin hybrid, triumph, and single late tulips) and is the most affordable by far.
2) Allium ‘Globemaster’ – Tall thick stem, huge purple globe, very long lasting and very expensive – great for transition between spring and summer blooming plants.
3) Muscari armeniacum (Grape hyacinth) – Small, economical blue carpet. Deer resistant. Shallow planting depth make this easy to plant.
4) Tulip ‘Gudoshnik’ (Darwin hybrid) – I use this every year and it impresses me each year! Tall stems, huge blooms. Great variation in color of blooms.
5) Tulip ‘Hemisphere’ (triumph) – I love the color of the pink/purple petals. I can’t describe it….a picture is a must! Like all bulbs in this list it performs wonderfully for me at my site.
6) Tulip ‘Angelique’ (double late) – Short, sturdy stems and wide blooms make this the ideal pink carpet to contrast darker blooms, like my next choice…
7) Tulip ‘Queen of the Night’ (single late) – Tall sturdy stems, black (dark maroon) petals make this one of my favorite tulips – it looks great with any color combination.
8) Fritillaria imperialis ‘Lutea & Aurora’ (Crown Imperial) – Show stoppers! Tall, very thick, sturdy stems and incredible showy blooms are the talk of my garden every year. Highly deer and rodent resistant make it an obvious replacement for tulips in areas of high deer populations. Planting tips: Needs a deep planting depth (approx 3x length of bulb); a well drained, soil with high organic content; should be planted on side angle to prevent rot.
9) Narcissus ‘Dutch Master’ (trumpet type) – Simply said, there is a reason this is one of the most widely grown daffodils in the world. Great for naturalizing, huge bright yellow blooms in early April.
10) Hyacinth glasses – I love the smell of hyacinths, but they bloom too early for my liking. The hyacinth glass is the perfect choice for a indoor sunny window. My kids love to watch the roots grow and my wife loves the fragrance. Bulb must have chilling requirement met before forcing.
Orange County Arboretum
Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Rt 416, Montgomery, NY 12549