Crocus speciosus 'Conqueror'
autumn crocus bulbs
- Position: full sun
- Soil: gritty, poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: late September to late October
- Flower colour: purple
- Other features: narrow, mid-green leaves
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Bulb size: 7/8
Very beautiful, goblet shaped, rich violet blue flowers appear from late September to late October, and are followed by narrow, mid-green leaves. This popular autumn-flowering crocus is ideal for naturalising in a sunny shrub border among deciduous shrubs or for scattering through the lawn. Often the earliest autumn crocus to bloom, it soon increases to form large colonies.
- Garden care: Plant bulbs in naturalistic drifts 10cm (4in) deep in July to Septembe in gritty, well-drained soil. Where bulbs are planted in grass do not cut the lawn until after the leaves have died back.
Spring bulbs, such as daffodils and hyacinths, can be planted whenever the soil conditions allow. As a rough guide, cover them with about twice as much soil as the bulb is deep: so that a 5cm (2in) deep bulb would need a 15cm...Read full article