small blue-flowered bulb to follow chionodoxa?

elizh(z5/6 MA)August 30, 2010

I live in an old house that has a screaming scarlet ornamental quince that can bloom for as long as six weeks. I put chionodoxa forbesii in the grass around the quince, and it does well, but it typically finishes blooming about when the quince starts.

So... I would like to plant another small bulb to follow the chionodoxas and bloom with the quince, keeping with the blue color (not a purple, as scarlet is on the orange side of red.) Suggestions? Ideally something old... Site is protected and sunny in spring w/ afternoon shade in summer. Soil trends thin and acid though I could fertilize.

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How about spring star flower? They naturalize very well.


Here is a link that might be useful: spring star flower

    Bookmark   August 31, 2010 at 2:42PM
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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

The 'blue' Anemone blanda might suit. So might hardy Scillas.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2010 at 10:27PM
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ontnative(5b Can/USDA 4)

If you want "true blue" and inexpensive, try scilla siberica. These should spread quite quickly into a large patch under your quince. Ipheion is more pastel in colour and does not give you as much "bang for your buck". It has a shorter flowering time as well. Anemone blanda (blue) flowers a long time and is also a "true blue". It may need slightly more moisture and shade than the scilla, but in the right growing conditions is a great groundcover. I grow both scilla siberica and anemone blanda but cannot remember if they bloom at exactly the same time or not. There is also a vigorous white anemone blanda as well called 'White Splendour'.

Here is a link that might be useful: mass of scilla siberica

    Bookmark   September 6, 2010 at 10:41AM
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