This “striped squill,” with its pendent, blue-striped, milk-white bells and a soft mignonette fragrance, makes a pretty scene beneath one of the still-dormant crabapple trees in my Serpentine Garden. The flowers, which thankfully increase in number each year, have no trouble pushing their way through a groundcovering of Vinca minor. (Later in the month, this vinca will produce its own sea of blue flowers.)
If you don’t already have P. libanotica in your garden, consider ordering the bulbs next fall. Be sure to plant them the moment they arrive; minor bulbs bloom so early in the season, they need extra time to make their roots. Plant the bulbs not more than two inches deep.
What’s blooming for you these early days of April?
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