An English Bulb Meadow

Jane McGary
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 16:27:56 PDT
Dell asked
  I want to plant, in the grass, Crocus tommasinianus, Puschkinia 
libanotica, Scilla siberica ‘Spring Beauty’, and some reliable Muscari 
selection. ... Can anyone recommend a source for all of these 
genera/species in quantities of a hundred for a “reasonable” price?
John Scheepers or Van Engelen. Both have websites, bulk quantities, good 
quality, reasonable prices.

On the Muscari, I would stay away from the "reliable" ones (e.g. 
armeniacum) because they quickly multiply to form crowded clumps that 
can outcompete other bulbs. Here Muscari latifolium is better-mannered, 
but I have read it is weedy in some climates.
There is a photo in the Scheepers catalog of Ipheion uniflorum 
naturalized in grass; perhaps I will relocate some to the bulb lawn. I 
also like the really short Ornithogalum species such as O. orthophyllum; 
Scheepers has O. balansae which is not too tall. Anemone blanda is nice; 
go for "Blue Shades" rather than the color mix which has some unpleasant 
colors in it; and that goes for Chionodoxa colors too.

jane McGary '
Portland, Oregon, USA

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