Fragrant Collection 1
Spring Planting: this product will be shipped late April through May according to your hardiness zone.
Narcissus/Allium/Lavandula angustifolia. Often our first instinct upon being presented with any flower is to sniff it, because the beauty of flowers and their dreamy aroma are inseparable. Here we've collected some of our very favourite flowers that are known for their amazing scents. Plant them where you can enjoy their perfume as you walk by, or where summer breezes will bring the fragrance right to your outdoor living space.
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Root care upon arrival: It is a good idea to soak any bare-root perennials in water for a few hours, but not more then a day, before planting. Add organic matter to the area and provide good drainage unless the plant variety enjoys wet roots. Unless otherwise specified, bare-root perennials are usually planted with the crown (where the shoots meet the roots) an inch below the soil surface. Firm soil gently to eliminate air pockets and water in well. Mark the area clearly since it may be awhile before the plant shows itself.
Planting Summer Daffodil: Plant 6" deep and 4 - 6" apart in well drained soil. Average water needs. Water regularly, do not overwater. Let foliage mature and die down naturally.
Planting Allium: Allium 'Millenium' is very easy to grow in full sun to part shade. It will tolerate soil of any fertility and will grow in clay soil. Place crown just at or slightly below soil level. This selection has not been known to reseed and is not invasive. It may be propagated in fall by digging it up and dividing the rhizome with the bulblets attached. Allium is typically pest and disease free. Its aromatic foliage also makes it deer and rabbit resistant.
Planting Tuberose: Because they are extremely sensitive to cold, plant them 3" deep and 5" apart when the soil has warmed up well. For an earlier start, pot them up indoors 4-6 weeks before nights are warm and then transplant to the garden. For best effect plant tuberoses in groups of at least 5 toward the back of the border. Prefers full sun and rich loamy soil. Feed monthly from the time shoots appear. Lift in fall after foliage has browned, cut the stems off and store in a dry place. Many gardeners treat tuberoses as annuals, starting with new bulbs each year rather than wintering over.
Planting Peony: Soak bare-root perennials in water for a few hours, but not more then a day, before planting. Add organic matter to the area. Find a location where the soil drains well. Peonies prefer soil that provides average moisture but is not waterlogged. Keep in mind that your peonies will live for years, so adding nutrients in the form of compost to the soil at planting time is a good idea.
Plant your peonies where they will receive full sun to very light shade. While peonies will survive in moderate shade they will not bloom as well, and stems will not be as strong as when they are in sunnier sites.
Bareroot plants are easy to handle and settle in quickly. Tuck your peony roots in the ground with the tips of the roots pointing downwards and the "eyes" or growing points 1-2" below soil level. Plant on the deep end of this range in cold zones and on the shallow end of this range in warmer zones. If planted deeper, the roots will grow and produce foliage, but the flower production may be limited. Space plants 2- 3 feet apart to allow for mature size.
After planting, water generously, soaking the soil to settle it around the root. Foliage sprouts will appear in the spring and will be immediately identifiable as they are bright red or pink and look like colorful asparagus shoots. These sprouts will grow and change to green as they lengthen and develop leaves. Flower buds will follow although buds don't always form the first spring.
Growing: The first year most roots will produce 2-5 leave shoots and only 1-2 flowers. This is just a taste of wonderful things to come and next year that number will double. The plant will double in size again the third year. By the fourth or fifth year your peony will be full and bushy, with lots of foliage and many flower stems. Water periodically during the growing season if rain does not occur, but keep in mind that weekly deep watering is better than lighter drinks every day or two. About 1" of moisture per week is a good estimate. Feel free to clip blossoms to bring inside. This will not hurt the plants and will provide gorgeous, often fragrant, stems for bouquets.
After blooming has finished for the season clip off any spent flower stems. Your peonies will continue to provide attractive, lush foliage for the remainder of the growing season. As fall arrives and temperatures cool, the leaves will yellow, and then wilt, after the first frost. At this point you may trim off any leaves with the knowledge that next spring will bring fresh growth.