Lakewood, NJ, March 15, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- Cut flower growers know that dahlias, lilies and gladiolas are some of the best flowers for cutting. These spring-planted bulbs are incredibly easy to grow and produce a seemingly endless supply of blooms for casual summer arrangements.
“Home gardeners are always surprised by how easy it is to grow these spring-planted bulbs,” said Hans Langevelt, co-owner of Longfield Gardens. “This year we have added some dazzling new varieties of lilies, gladiolas and dahlias. All are outstanding cut flowers, with long stems and big, beautiful blooms.”
Here are some of the new varieties available for 2016 from Longfield Gardens:
Dahlia Crème de Cassis
This dahlia has a two-tone color harmony that sets it apart from every other dahlia. Dark, wine-red buds open into perfect, 4 to 6" blossoms that are an exquisite shade of lavender-pink on top and wine-red below. A dark center completes the picture. Crème de Cassis grows 3 feet tall and is an ideal companion for flowers such as echinacea, verbena bonariensis and garden phlox. It will be an outstanding cut flower, especially with dark dahlias such as Nuit d’Ete and Diva. Give dahlias a warm, sunny spot and they will bloom non-stop until frost.
Gladiolus 'Tricolore' will be the talk of summer gardens and a star attraction in every flower arrangement. Each spike displays 8 to 10 blooms with crimson red petals and a maroon and purple throat. Tricolore is a high-style color combination that is thoroughly modern and totally riveting. For a continuous supply of cut flowers, plant a handful of corms every two weeks from spring through early summer.
Dahlia Penhill Watermelon
Penhill dahlias were bred in South Africa and are known around the world for their enormous flowers, beautiful colors and frilly petals. Penhill Watermelon has big, shaggy blossoms that are an irresistible blend of peach, pink, lavender and yellow. They are fabulous cut flower and are always in high demand for weddings. Picking dahlias encourages the plants to set more buds, so the more they’re picked, the better they bloom.
Oriental lilies bring elegance and a rich, heady fragrance to summer flower gardens. Bafferari comes from Holland and is the result of breeding efforts to achieve stronger plants with larger flowers. Bafferari has luminous, snow-white petals that are decorated with a lemon-lime starburst. The sturdy stems stand 3 feet tall and have fat buds that open into big, 8" blooms. This lily will grow stronger and taller each year. It is an excellent cut flower and lasts for more than a week in a vase.
Dahlia Soft Orange Mix
Creating beautiful flower arrangements has never been easier. This custom mix includes three different types of dahlias, each with its own unique look. The contrasting sizes, textures and forms add visual excitement, yet the warm gold and orange colors work together perfectly. As pretty in the garden as they are in the vase, they will delight all who pass by – including butterflies and hummingbirds.
When planting your garden this spring, consider add a few of these big-blooming summer bulbs. “The bulbs you plant in May will be blooming by July,” says Hans Langevelt. “In just a few short months, you can be wandering through your own cut flower garden.”
Longfield Gardens is one of America’s top importers of quality flower bulbs. The company’s mission is to provide easy access to top-performing varieties and guarantee high quality plants at competitive prices. This approach saves customers time and money while increasing gardening success. Longfield Gardens offers bulbs for spring, fall and winter planting, plus a wealth of inspiring ideas and how-to information. To learn more, visit longfield-gardens.com.