The scilla siberica is in bloom here in RI right now. It’s such a fleeting show – over by May – but so welcome. When I lived in Montreal, people in my neighborhood planted it extensively, and it would form vast carpets of the most intense blue. It doesn’t seem to be as popular here, but I did drive by a lovely carpet of it recently, which inspired me to write this post.
Scilla also goes by the names of “Squill” and “Spring Beauty.” It’s easy to plant in the fall, and I think it is best appreciated in large drifts. Being so small, the bulbs aren’t expensive, so plant lots. Just make sure they have good drainage, and you will be amply rewarded come spring.
Scilla are members of the Hyacinthaceae family. They are tough as nails, tolerating the coldest winters, however they are not from Siberia, as their name implies. (They originated in Russia, Turkey and the Caucasus.)
Here’s one more nice thing about scilla: once the plants have produced seeds, they die back and disappear, just in time for the first lawn mowing of the season.