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Spring is coming!!!! That is what the arrival of the spring bulbs tell us here at the Portland Nursery. When we are longing for some warm weather and sunshine, the bulbs give us hope that the dreary cold wet days of winter are coming to an end and spring is on its way.

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Most bright and cheery of all are the spring tulips.  In your garden, you will begin to see the green tips of the leaves and stems emerge from the wet ground and then from March through May the dazzling array of blooms will burst forth with the colors of spring. By thinking ahead and planting the bulbs in the fall, you will be rewarded with the tulip’s spring show.

If, however, bulb planting was forgotten, never fear, the Portland Nursery is here with the tulips to fill in those spots.  We have an array of tulip bulbs (and other bulbs) all potted up and growing- ready to burst into your garden with spring color.

Tulips come in a dazzling variety of types, sizes, colors, shapes and bloom times.  There are over 100 species found in the wild, but what is commonly known as the garden tulip has been in cultivation since the 1500s in Turkey. It was brought to Europe from the imperial courts of Turkey and has been a garden favorite since.

Tulips can be used massed together in garden beds to give bright swaths of color or put into containers for early spring color and a little pick-me-up by a front door. Smaller types of tulips go great in rock gardens or small containers. The larger sizes are impressive grouped together for spots of vibrant color.

Most varieties will also make great cut flowers for inside. The best time to plant your potted tulips is after their bloom time and once the foliage has withered. This ensures they can be planted at the appropriate depth. Potted tulips can also be planted before flowering. It is best to avoid planting them while they are in bloom because disturbing their roots will shorten the life of the flowers and you will not get to enjoy them for as long.

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Tulips are classified according to their bloom time:  early, mid-season, or late.  In the Portland area their bloom season runs from March through May. The early tulips are called either ‘Single Early’ or ‘Double Early’ and will be the first to bloom.  The mid-season tulips include the Triumph and the Darwin-hybrids.

Both of these are large flowered tulips on tall stems with a great variety of color.  Within the late season tulips are found many of the fancy petaled types such as the lily-flowered, fringed, viridiflora (petals edged with green), and the parrot tulips.

There are also some species tulips that are great in the garden, such as the Greigii, Kaufmanniana, and Fosteriana tulips. The Greigii tulips are a mid-season tulip with big flowers on short stems with brown spotted leaves. The Kaufmanniana tulips, also called the water lily tulips, are early bloomers with three inch flowers that will open flat in the sun. The Fosteriana tulips bloom early with huge red blossoms on short stems.

Here at Portland Nursery we will be carrying a wide range of potted tulips this spring. We will have a rainbow of colors and types and even a few hybrids of the greigii and kaufmanniana species tulips. Come in and see what it is all about. 

Find the Best Perennials for your Garden

We have a wonderful selection of perennials year round, but if you are looking for a specific perennial we will have the best selection when it is in bloom around town. Note: Native plant pages will take you into the Native Plant section.

Perennials

Actaea: Bugbane

Natives

Native Actaea: Bugbane

Perennials

Agastache: Hyssop

Perennials

Anemone: Windflower

Perennials

Aquilegia: Columbine

Natives

Native Aquilegia: Columbine

Perennials

Artemisia

Natives

Asarum: Wild Ginger

Natives

Asclepias: Milkweed

Perennials

Aster

Perennials

Astilbe: False Spirea

Perennials

Bellium: Miniature Daisy

Perennials

Bergenia: Pigsqueak

Perennials

Brunnera: Bugloss

Perennials

Canna Lily

Natives

Camassia: Camas

Perennials

Chrysanthemum

Perennials

Coreopsis: Tickweed

Perennials

Corydalis

Perennials

Cyclamen

Bulbs

Dahlia

Bulbs

Delosperma: Ice Plant

Perennials

Delphinium: Larkspur

Perennials

Dianthus: Carnation

Perennials

Dicentra: Bleeding Heart

Natives

Dodecatheon: Shooting Star

Perennials

Echinacea: Coneflower

Perennials

Epimedium

Natives

Erigeron: Fleabane

Natives

Eriophyllum: Oregon Sunshine

Perennials

Erodium: Alpine Geranium

Perennials

Eupatorium: Joe-Pye Weed

Perennials

Euphorbia: Spurge

Natives

Fragaria: Wild Strawberry

Bulbs

Fritillaria

Perennials

Hardy Fuchsia

Perennials

Hardy Geranium

Perennials

Geum: Avens

Perennials

Helenium: Sneezeweed

Perennials

Hellebore

Perennials

Hellebore: Gold Collection

Perennials

Hellebore: Winter Jewel

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Heuchera: Coral Bells

Perennials

Hosta: Plantain Lily

Perennials

Iberis: Candytuft

Bulbs

Iris

Natives

Native Iris

Perennials

Kniphofia: Red Hot Poker

Perennials

Leptinella

Perennials

Leucanthemum: Shasta Daisy

Natives

Lewisia: Bitterroot

Perennials

Ligularia

Perennials

Monarda: Bee Balm

Perennials

Moss

Bulbs

Narcissus: Daffodil

Perennials

Paeonia: Peony

Perennials

Papaver: Poppy

Perennials

Parahebe

Natives

Penstemon: Beard Tongue

Perennials

Perovskia: Russian Sage

Perennials

Primula: Primrose

Perennials

Rudbeckia: Black-eyed Susan

Perennials

Salvia

Perennials

Santolina: Lavender Cotton

Perennials

Sedum

Perennials

Evergreen Sedum

Natives

Native Sedum: Stonecrop

Perennials

Sempervivum: Hen & Chicks

Natives

Sidalcea: Checker Mallow

Natives

Sisyrinchium

Blue-eyed Grass
Natives

Solidago: Goldenrod

Natives

Synthyris: Native Figwort

Perennials

Top Shade Perennials

Perennials

Top Sun Perennials

Perennials

Tricyrtis: Toad Lily

Natives

Trillium: Wake Robin

Bulbs

Tulip

Natives

Vancouveria: Inside-out Flower

Perennials

Vinca: Periwinkle

Perennials

Viola: Violet

Natives

Native Viola: Violet

Perennials

Zantedeschia: Calla Lily