Creating your own little slice of paradise with lush, leafy and vibrant tropical plants is easier than you might think. Although exotic plants are native to warmer climates, many can do very well in a typical UK garden and put on a fantastic summer show with very little fuss!
Around July, the fields of Canna Farm Van Haaster (or De Groeneweg Nursery) in De Zilk, the Netherlands is coloured in warm earth tones, red, yellow, orange, salmon and pink. On the sandy soils of the Dutch flower bulb district, Alfons and Monique van Haaster grow world class cannas of unrivaled quality. Alfons grew up in a traditional flower bulb nursery family and has been practicing his passion for cannas for over 30 years. He is one of very few growers in the Netherlands who is specialised in cultivating cannas!
Have you heard of Amarines? They’re a remarkable group of flowering bulbs that might just make the autumn flowering season famous in its own right. But where did this surprising plant spring from? It all begins with a capricious beauty who was inclined to sulk more spectacularly than she flowered.
The family business W. van Lierop & Zn was founded by Wim van Lierop in 1949. Wim started his own flower bulbs nursery in the Anna Paulownapolder in the province of Noord-Holland, on approximately 5 hectares of land. Nowadays, the company is led by Wim’s son Gerard and the cousins Ron, William, Arjan and Peter. Together with 20 permanent employees, the family grows an exclusive selection of flower bulbs (a.o. tulips, daffodils, alliums, grape hyacinths) on more than 250 hectares of land!
There’s nothing quite like spectacular Tulip ‘Fiery Club’ for turning up the colour volume in the spring garden. Producing several rich crimson blooms from each bulb, plant them in groups and you’ll get a hugely rewarding, powerful, flower-packed display which brings vibrancy and warmth to any border or patio pot planting scheme.