Trends in Bulb Gardening
with fashion, floriculture also has its trends. Dutch
botanist Jacqueline van der Kloet
signals two color trends.
we see a tone-on-tone
preference; combinations of the same color tone such
as bright yellow combined with dark yellow.” One of
Jacqueline’s favorite yellow combinations is: yellow
Dahlias, Begonias, Buttercups, Chlidanthus and Callas.
second color trend goes against the tone-on-tone trend,
and involves a more daring use of multicolored
species. “I see a variegated use of flowers
that have more than one color. For instance: red and
pink or lavender and blue. Species such as Ixia, Sparaxys,
Tritonia and Leuco-coryne are summer bulbs that have
two or more colors”, Jacqueline says.
flower arranger and author of the book: ‘Flowers
are almost forever’ Libbey Oliver, also sees Lavish
use of colors in the US. Rather than mixing the different
colors, she sees grouping of colors and species. “You
will see a combination of eucalyptus leave ‘Optimism’s
in the middle surrounded by groups of yellow roses,
red roses and lilies.”
from Jacqueline and Libbey
the right summer bulbs for your garden is a matter of
trying. Lesser is better so go for twenty bulbs of two
or three species rather than two or three bulbs of twenty
species. This will allow you to get familiar with all
the characteristics of the species.
a special corner in your garden to plant cut flowers.
It would be a waste to cut into a wonderful created
border in your garden. Choose a sheltered spot: the
warmer the spot the better they will grow. For more
cut flower tips please go to our Cut Flower Corner.
bulbs with grass and leaves such as eucalyptus. Use
cut flowers in different stages as well as different
parts of the flower. Think of exotic leaves or nice