The name Fritillaria comes from the Latin fritillus meaning dice-box, possibly referring to the chequered pattern on the flowers although this derivation has been disputed.The name meleagris means ‘spotted like a guineafowl’The common name "snake's head" probably refers to the somewhat snakelike appearance of the nodding flower heads on their long stems.Although a popular garden plant it is now rare in the wild, although there are some notable sites where it is still found,
From fleshy leaves arise bell-shaped, purplish blue, sometimes almost black, flowers. Flower heads appear two-toned due to paler crowns, which are sterile flowers. They are good for naturalizing in gardens or lawns, for forcing or growing in container displays, and for rock gardens.
This is a very pretty grape hyacinth, with slender white flower spikes. Less vigorous (or invasive) than its more commonly grown cousins, it provides an altogether 'finer' profile. It is perfect for pots, alpine beds, woodland floors or filling gaps at the front of borders.
These lovely scented flowers will help to attract bees, butterflies to your garden. The powder blue to almost delph colours add that extra dimension to your summer beds, borders and rockery displays they are equally at home as a container plant.
Meleagris has alternate, sharply pointed, grey-green, linear leaves, 6-13cm (2.5-5in) long.The flowers, are produced in spring, usually solitary but sometimes they are paired, are pendant, square-shouldered bell shaped, up to 4.5cm (1.75in) long and white, purple or pinkish-purple with characteristic checked markings.
Sprays of lots of tiny, star-shaped gentian-blue flowers in February and March with slender, strap-shaped, mid-green leaves. These easy-to-grow bulbs are ideal for a sunny, well-drained rock garden or for naturalising under deciduous shrubs and trees. Plant in bold drifts 8cm (3in) deep in September for a very colourful early spring display.
This is a low-growing bulbous perennial with upright, strap-shaped leaves and with bright white star-shaped flowers in early spring. The Chionodoxa flowers face upwards
Tall purple-blue spires, star shaped flowers appear above strap like leaves in the late Spring and early Summer.They enjoy moist soils or partial shade as well as open sunny positions in the garden.
Buttercup like flowers will give carpets of bright yellow in late January and February surrounded by ruffs of fresh green leaves. Winter aconites originate from damp woodland and shady places in Eurasia so are perfect for naturalising under deciduous shrubs and trees. They are a welcome sight in late winter as they are one of the first things into flower...
Aestivum is a deciduous bulb growing up to 50 cm tall, with long, narrow leaves and up to 8 bell-shaped, green-tipped white flowers on a leafless stem in the spring.
Commonly known as Star of Bethlehem,THIS is a bulbous perennial that is native to the Mediterranean region. Narrow, grass-like, linear leaves (to 12") grow in a basal clump to 6-12" tall. Leaves begin to droop and fade as the flower stems (6-8") rise in late spring to early summer, each stem bearing 10-20 starry white flowers in an open cluster. The...
Dramatic flowers of intense purple-blue, enjoys most climates and soil conditions. Also referred to as Esculenta is perfect for planting in grass areas and under trees. They will multiply over the years and look superb in meadows and conversation areas. A moisture loving plant thrives in semi shaded conditions and the more shaded the area the longer...
These rich violet blue flowers on arching stems make wonderful displays in shaded areas and woodland settings and will re-seed and multiply over the coming years. They originated from English woodlands many years ago, but due to cross pollination by bees and pollen distributed on the winds some hybridisation may have taken place.
By far the most popular of the snowdrops we sell,The snowdrop is usually the first flower to appear in a new year and brings with it the promise of spring.Each stalk produces one nodding flower head. with white outer petals and inner petals which are tinged with green.
Ikariae make themselves known in early January, you know it is nearly time for spring. These beautifully perfect, white, bell-shaped flowers best suited too semi shaded conditions to allow them to grow to their full potential.
Perfect for naturalising in semi shaded conditions, in grassland and woodland settings, these delightful double flowers are truly an amazing sight in the winter months.