A Autumn crocus
and colchicum will be available in most garden centres early August.
If you have children with a big appetite for anything they can get their hands on, then ban lupins, iris, daphne, autumn crocus
, foxglove, columbine, lily of the valley, laburnum, yew and daffodils.
Easy Plant colchiculms and autumn crocus
in small groups in the front of shrub borders where the flowers can be seen in autumn.
While Colchicums resemble Crocus flower-wise, they have much larger bulbs and should not really be called Autumn Crocus
Derived from the autumn crocus
, the drug's anti-cancer properties are well known, but it has not been used before because it is too poisonous.
Plant autumn-flowering bulbs such as colchicums, autumn crocus
, sternbergia, Nerine bowdenii and Amaryllis belladona to re-fuel fading flowerbeds.
, meadow saffron and naked ladies are all common names for the same species, our native Colchicum autumnale which is not a crocus at all but belongs in the lily family.
- also called naked ladies because they bloom before the foliage emerges - are great for putting between stepping stones to highlight the route to a seasonal border or sitting area.
They are even now in blossom, giving rise to their popular name of autumn crocus
Try pink trumpeted nerines, autumn crocus
, cyclamen, white narcissi and, of course, snowdrops.
These pretty little bulbs growing only 3-6in (8-15cm) high, also known as the autumn crocus
or meadow saffron, come into their own now, producing clusters of crocus-like flowers which may be white, pink or chequered.
Another good choice is the autumn crocus
, Crocus speciosus, which will bloom from late September to December and needs to be planted 5-8cm (2-3in) deep.