Dawn Hummel's Top Plant Recommendation: Favorite Bulbs for Oregon (Sunset zone 8, USDA zone 6).
Snowdrops - Galanthus nivalis
Dainty 1" white flowers with green dots. One of the first flowers of the season, often blooming as early as January/February. The first herald that Spring is on its way.
Casa Blanca Lily - Lilium x hybrid Oriental 'Casa Blanca'
Loves heat - plant next to concrete base of house to keep bulbs dry and warm throughout winter. Very fragrant, large pure white flowers borne on dark green stems and leaves are excellent for cut flower arrangements.
Stargazer Lily - Lilium x hybrid Oriental 'Stargazer'
Loves heat - plant next to concrete base of house to keep bulbs dry and warm throughout winter. Very fragrant, pink speckled throats with outside white margin flowers borne on dark green stems and leaves are excellent for cut flower arrangements.
Silk Road Lily - Orienpet hybrid Lilium 'Silk Road'
Huge white flowers with deep, intensely crimson pink throats. Grows 4 to 6 feet and taller when established, blooms mid-July to early August. Powerful fragrance too!
Star of Persia Ornamental Onion - Allium 'Christophii'
Produces 6-10" umbels of silvery purple, star shaped flowers on 1-2 foot stems. Cut flowers are long lasting and excellent for dried arrangements. They also take to spray paint well to extend time in garden.
Purple Shamrock Oxalis - Oxalis triangularis
Burgundy color shamrock with pink and white flowers. Great to use under bamboo to hide knobby knees. When planting in ground, make sure the area is blocked in to keep spreading to a minimum. Can also be used as a houseplant or in containers outdoors.