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New for Fall 2017: Deer Resistant Bulbs

Enjoy a beautiful spring even if deer are a common sight in your garden. Many spring flowering bulbs are deer resistant, as well as naturalizing, so they’ll flourish for years to come. That’s a tremendous amount of payback for the little effort of planting bulbs just once!

Florissa’s extensive collection of deer resistant flowering bulbs stand up to both wildlife and spring weather. Look for these gorgeous new varieties as well as others, with the deer resistant logo on our packaging.

Check Out These Deer Resistant Varieties!

Narcissus Alexis Beauty

The name ‘Alexis’ means helper or defender, and this narcissus not only does the job, but it’s also a stunning beauty, hence its name. Golden yellow petals surround an ivory white tea-cup shaped trumpet with hints of pale yellow to orange. The trumpet is just over 3 cm (1”) in length and it expands outward to a deeper golden yellow ruffled rim. Inside the cup, at the heart of the daffodil is a striking greenish yellow eye. Alexis Beauty is sweetly scented and blooms in mid spring. It grows to 45 cm (18”) tall. If you’re planting Alexis Beauty in containers, Hyacinth Dark Dimension and Fritillaria Meleagris, also known as Checkered Lily, would make great companions. Hardy to Zone 3.

Alexis Beauty - Cupped Narcissi - Deer Resistant Bulb - Flowering Mid Spring

Narcissus Alexis Beauty

Alexis Beauty - Cupped Narcissi - Deer Resistant Bulb - Flowering Mid Spring

The name ‘Alexis’ means helper or defender, and this narcissus not only does the job, but it’s also a stunning beauty, hence its name. Golden yellow petals surround an ivory white tea-cup shaped trumpet with hints of pale yellow to orange. The trumpet is just over 3 cm (1”) in length and it expands outward to a deeper golden yellow ruffled rim. Inside the cup, at the heart of the daffodil is a striking greenish yellow eye. Alexis Beauty is sweetly scented and blooms in mid spring. It grows to 45 cm (18”) tall. If you’re planting Alexis Beauty in containers, Hyacinth Dark Dimension and Fritillaria Meleagris, also known as Checkered Lily, would make great companions. Hardy to Zone 3.

Fritillaria Persica Ivory Bells - Persian Bells

Ivory Bells is a superb focal point, backdrop or barrier in the deer resistant garden. Shy, bashful, hanging bell-shaped flowers open greenish white and are matched with beautiful gray green foliage that whorls around a thick stem. Each stem carries up to 30 bells which lighten to ivory with time. These bulbs are best planted on their side in groups of 3 or 5 bulbs or more. Ivory Bells blooms in mid to late spring, and grows to 80 cm (32”) tall. They enjoy full sun and well-draining soils. Ivory Bells compliments its darker cousin Persica, and Dutch Iris ‘Lion King’ or ‘Red Ember.’ Hardy to Zone 4.

Florissa’s Tips!

Even the deer resistant gardener splurges on tulips. Try planting Single Late Tulip ‘Queen of Night’ among Persian Bells.

Ivory Bells - Fritillaria Percisa - Persian Bells - Deer Resistant - Flowering Late Spring

Fritillaria Persica Ivory Bells - Persian Bells

Ivory Bells - Fritillaria Percisa - Persian Bells - Deer Resistant - Flowering Late Spring

Ivory Bells is a superb focal point, backdrop or barrier in the deer resistant garden. Shy, bashful, hanging bell-shaped flowers open greenish white and are matched with beautiful gray green foliage that whorls around a thick stem. Each stem carries up to 30 bells which lighten to ivory with time. These bulbs are best planted on their side in groups of 3 or 5 bulbs or more. Ivory Bells blooms in mid to late spring, and grows to 80 cm (32”) tall. They enjoy full sun and well-draining soils. Ivory Bells compliments its darker cousin Persica, and Dutch Iris ‘Lion King’ or ‘Red Ember.’ Hardy to Zone 4.

Florissa’s Tips!

Even the deer resistant gardener splurges on tulips. Try planting Single Late Tulip ‘Queen of Night’ among Persian Bells.

Muscari Baby’s Breath

Muscari are pint-sized deer resistant powerhouses, also known as Grape Hyacinths, because their sweetly fragrant flower clusters remind one of a tiny bunch of grapes. They are virtually carefree bulbs once planted in rock gardens, along borders, under trees and shrubs, or in drifts in short grass. It’s easy to naturalize and a profuse bloomer in mid-spring.  You can also use Muscari in containers, filling in the spaces between larger bulbs such as tulips. Baby’s Breath has bright lime green buds which open to delicate and soft pale baby blue clusters. Growing just 15 cm (6”) tall, Baby’s Breath pairs well with Narcissus ‘Perfect Lady’ or ‘Queen’s Delight.’  Hardy to Zone 4.

Baby's Breath - Muscari - Grape Hyacinth - Deer Resistant - Flowering in Mid Spring

Muscari Baby’s Breath

Baby's Breath - Muscari - Grape Hyacinth - Deer Resistant - Flowering in Mid Spring

Muscari are pint-sized deer resistant powerhouses, also known as Grape Hyacinths, because their sweetly fragrant flower clusters remind one of a tiny bunch of grapes. They are virtually carefree bulbs once planted in rock gardens, along borders, under trees and shrubs, or in drifts in short grass. It’s easy to naturalize and a profuse bloomer in mid-spring.  You can also use Muscari in containers, filling in the spaces between larger bulbs such as tulips. Baby’s Breath has bright lime green buds which open to delicate and soft pale baby blue clusters. Growing just 15 cm (6”) tall, Baby’s Breath pairs well with Narcissus ‘Perfect Lady’ or ‘Queen’s Delight.’  Hardy to Zone 4.

Narcissus Tête Bouclé

Tête Bouclé is an outstanding new double form of the Narcissus Tête à Tête. It packs a lot of colour into one sunny starburst that shines bright with energy. These double buttercup yellow blooms with tufts of orange gold are sure to enliven any garden patch and they have all the fabulous qualities of their single flowering cousin: prolific blooms, sturdy stems, naturalizing, and deer resistance. Tête Bouclé is excellent for borders, rock gardens, and containers. Pair it with the Mini-Botanical Tulip ‘Lizzy’ for a dazzling display of non-stop colour. Grows 15 cm (6”) tall. Hardy to Zone 4.

Narcissus Tete a Tete Boucle - Double Narcissi - Deer Resistant - Flowering Mid Spring

Narcissus Tête Bouclé

Narcissus Tete a Tete Boucle - Double Narcissi - Deer Resistant - Flowering Mid Spring

Tête Bouclé is an outstanding new double form of the Narcissus Tête à Tête. It packs a lot of colour into one sunny starburst that shines bright with energy. These double buttercup yellow blooms with tufts of orange gold are sure to enliven any garden patch and they have all the fabulous qualities of their single flowering cousin: prolific blooms, sturdy stems, naturalizing, and deer resistance. Tête Bouclé is excellent for borders, rock gardens, and containers. Pair it with the Mini-Botanical Tulip ‘Lizzy’ for a dazzling display of non-stop colour. Grows 15 cm (6”) tall. Hardy to Zone 4.

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