Two Great Bulb Flowers Blooming Now
Each day in summer I delight in walking along my flower gardens to see what is in bloom. Recently one of my favorites is a lesser-known bulb plant called Camassia, also known as wild hyacinth. The one I have is Camassia leichtlinii ‘Caerluea’. Mine are 36 to 48 inches tall and appear to have no need for staking.
Camassia is a wonderful bulb plant.
These camassia come from bulbs I planted last fall. I got 10 bulbs from JohnScheepers for $12.25 and I am delighted with the results. Each bulb produces 2 or 3 stems, and the flowers blossom up the stems, blooming from bottom to top. So far they have been blooming for more than 10 days and are not done yet.
Apparently camassia are native to the Cascade mountains of Washington and Oregon and naturalize nicely. I may try planting some more this fall. Most varieties are blue or white, but at least one is a pale pink. Unlike many bulbs, camassia thrive in moist soils, and I have plenty of places for them. They do nicely as cut flowers, too.
I have my camassia planted next to another bulb plant that is in bloom right now: Leucojum aestivum 'Summer Snowflake'. These flowers look like snowdrops on steroids: pendulant white bells hanging down on 18- to 20-inch tall stems. I got 25 bulbs 25 years ago, and they have developed into a massive clump.
Leucojum aestivum or summer snowflake.Get some tips on planting your vegetable garden by clicking here.