Ranunculus produce lovely, double blooms that look a lot like a rose in shape. For this reason they are brilliant as cut flowers for formal displays or lively table decorations. There is a wide range of colors in this mix including shades of vivid orange, hot pink, white, yellow, gold, cream, red, burgundy and even some bicolors. Ranunculus, originating from the Middle East, are also known as ‘Persian Buttercups’ and are wonderful for garden display. This popular cut flower is one of the most colorful of all spring flowering bulbs. The Ranunculus can be massed in blocks of single colors or mixed with perennials in colorful borders. In warm climates they can be left in the ground and then can bloom for several years.
Planting ranunculus bulbs is a task that does not require much gardening skill and, because the blooms can be cut, it is a great way to showcase fresh flowers throughout the home or office. They are great for borders, beds and container plants. They begin to bloom in late spring through early summer and go for weeks; so can be very useful to fill the gap between seasons. Keep them well-watered and grow in a sunny, well drained location. This is a spring planted corm.