Try your hand at planting swaths of daffodils that naturalize or spread on their own. Naturalizing bulbs multiply over time to create stunning displays. Companies sell daffodil varieties known for naturalizing, although different types do better in different regions. Some reliable naturalizers include ‘Fortune,’ ‘Ice Follies’ and ‘Dutch Master.’
The landscape designer for this home strived to plan garden beds that would be attractive year-round. Even in winter, plants such as Limelight Hydrangeas and multi-blooming sasanqua camellias that bloom from November to February, keep the landscape beautiful.
February birthdays are represented by violets or irises, flowers that suggest loyalty and faithfulness. The three upright petals of an iris bloom can indicate courage, faith and wisdom, or friendship, hope and compliments. ‘Clarence’ is a tall, beareded iris with pale blue standards and violet-blue falls.
Clivias aren't widely grown as they were in Victorian times (19th and 20th-century gardeners in England and Belgium loved them), but they should be. Buy your plant in bloom, if possible; it can take two to five years for it to form its first flowers, which typically open in February or March. To get your clivia to rebloom, let it rest in a cool spot for a month, in temperatures that range from 40-60 degrees during the day, and no lower than 35 at night. Don’t water during this time. Then gradually resume watering, and start fertilizing as you slowly increase the temperature in the room. This will encourage buds to set. Once, only wealthy gardeners could afford clivias. Some are still expensive.