Bellevalia romana

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Louise Sims

My head tells me that I should be writing about one of the many spring flowering shrubs that are looking so stunning right now, but my heart tells me to go for this beautiful yet seldom seen bulb that is such an eye-catching plant despite being quite small (8”-10”), and one that fits seamlessly into the spring tapestry.

Over the years I have bought many interesting plants from Marina Christopher (Phoenix Perennial Plants), and this is one of them; having just looked up the date of purchase in my garden book, I notice that this was back in 2006! So, to anyone who is wondering (and it is a relative of muscari) if it has an over enthusiastic ‘naturalising’ habit, I can only say that for us (heavy clay/dappled shade under trees) it has been a model participant, only gently increasing. It is completely hardy, easy and very rewarding … and has loads more charisma than a grape hyacinth!

I collected some seed a couple of years ago and germinated it in pots which I planted out last year. In truth I could probably have scattered the seed where I wanted it and saved a bit of trouble; but it’s such a winner, I wanted to be sure of increasing my stock.[jetpack_subscription_form title=”The3Growbags” subscribe_text=”If you’d like to keep up to date with the3growbags gardening chit-chat just pop your email address in here” subscribe_button=”and click!”]

Spring, Great Plants this Month


  1. Malus Sargentii; exquisite white flowers (end April/first two weeks of May) followed by tiny red berries beloved by birds.
    I agree with Elaine – P.incisa Kojo No Mai is a must – mine is in a dark ceramic pot underplanted with pale pink violets (which put themselves there) and looks like a natural version of bonsai!

    Susie Brooke

    1. Hello Susie, Laura here, thanks for the tip I’ll keep a look out for this crab apple.
      I bet your Kojo No Mai looks enchanting the way you describe it, perhaps I could be persuaded to give this little cherry some house room after all!
      Best wishes Laura

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