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SCILLA These pretty clump-formers are a common sight in springtime, providing a splash of colour in sun or dappled shade under deciduous trees or shrubs.

But there are also many winter-flowering dwarfs for the rockery, which also brighten up patios if they are planted in containers.

A very early-flowering variety is S. mischtschenkoana, which has pale blue flowers with a tiny deeper blue stripe down each petal. They go well among snowdrops and winter aconites.

Good scillas for rock gardens include S. bifolia, which produces loose sprays of star-shaped blue to purple-blue flowers in early spring and will increase rapidly, and S. siberica Spring Beauty, whose bell-shaped rich blue flowers appear in spring.

Scilla thrive in any well-drained, moist soil. Overcrowded clumps should be divided in August or September and replanted immediately.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 2, 2013
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