I love introducing new designer bulbs, perennials and trees to Gardens I manage and my own small hillside Garden. There is something extremely rewarding about adding new perennial plants that will naturalise and mature, establishing themselves amongst your collection of plants, often self seeding as they go.
Camassia is a must have early Summer flowering bulb that would not be out of place in any Garden.
The large bulbs require a little protection from prolong frosts, mulching in the Autumn will provide much of the frost protection needed to see these through a hard winter. In return you will be rewarded with tall impressive spires of creamy off white, star like, flowers on a tall up right stem, high above strap-like leaves in late spring and early summer.
Originating from moist pasture lands of North America, this perennial bulb is adept to naturalising in meadows of wild flowers. It will happily grow in moist soil in sun or partial shade as long as the soil is free draining.
Camassia will brighten up a border prior to the summer perennials come into their own, planting this tall perennial bulb with a backdrop of lush foliage, hedging or even a wall will contrast behind the pure white flowers of the Camassia.
Camassia are available as bulbs from any good garden bulb company or for the economically savvy you can search out some hand collected seed and grow them yourselves. Growing from seed has the added benefit of saving money and helps you develop a passion and cultural understanding of the plants requirements. Whereas a bulb will flower much faster but you will pay a high price for just a few bulbs compared to freshly collected seed available for a few pennies.
As an award winning, 45 year old professional plantsman and horticulturalist with National Trust, private parks and estate management background. My vast plant knowledge and hands on techinical experience, afforded me the opportunity to work in various horticultural landscapes, in the UK, USA & Eastern Europe. Having worked in both garden retail & the design service industry gave me the practical diversity and managerial skill set, required for running a large private gardens or estates.
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