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1. Princess Irene tulip
Large, fragrant orange blooms feature a red flame that resembles a maple leaf trailing up the centre. They were bred by the Dutch to thank Canada for helping liberate the Netherlands during the Second World War. Full sun. Zones 3 to 8.
2. King Alfred daffodil
The largest of all trumpet daffodils, the King Alfred is also squirrel and rabbit-resistant, as daffodils are poisonous to them. Full sun to part shade. Zones 3 to 9.
3. Allium giganteum
Also known as an ornamental onion, this perennial is a particular favourite of bees. Full sun. Zones 6 to 9.
4. Crown Imperial ‘Rubra Ma xima’
This traffic-stopping perennial has tall stems, bright red blooms and a tuft of crown-like foliage. The stinky bulb repels squirrels and deer. Full sun. Zones 5 to 9.
5. Giant Dutch crocus mix
Plump, colourful crocuses are the first bulbs to flower in spring – even when snow is still on the ground. Full sun. Zones 3 to 8.
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|This story was originally titled "Garden Variety" in the October 2012 issue. |
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