If you haven’t started thinking about your spring garden, now is the time to do it. Bulb planting season is just around the corner, and the horticulturists at Riverbanks have picked their favorites to offer at the annual Bulb Sale.
A returning crowd-pleaser is the double-flowered Narcissus ‘Tahiti’. The vivid combination of bright yellow petals and an orange center make this perennial daffodil a must-have for any gardener.
Typical tulips do not perennialize well in the south, but species tulips are wonderful alternatives to your typical tulips. Species tulips have smaller flowers, but will come back year after year in the garden.
“One of our favorites at Riverbanks is the Tulipa clusiana var. chrysantha which has lovely red outer petals and bright yellow interior petals,” said Andy Cabe, botanical garden director at Riverbanks.
If you are looking for something small that’s easy to tuck into nooks and crannies in your garden, Cabe suggests you try Crocus ‘Pickwick’.
“This diminutive little bulb will only reach about six inches tall when flowering, but has wonderful blue flowers with purple striping,” said Cabe.
Unlike previous years, this year’s sale is only offered online. Those interested in purchasing bulbs can visit www.riverbanks.org to place their order. Buyers have the option of picking up their bulbs on Saturday, November 13, from 9am to noon at the Botanical Garden or having their order shipped directly to their home.