Stranger Than Fiction Flower Bulb Collection

There are flowers and then there are FLOWERS. The blooms in the Stranger Than Fiction Flower Bulb Collection will sparkle, shine and bedazzle their way through your spring garden. These unusual, easy to grow bulbs will keep you smiling all spring long.
Zones5 - 8
Low Maintenance
Good For Cut Flowers
Good For Containers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Water Tolerance
Mature Spread Varies:
Fritillaria Persica: 12-36" tall
Allium Schubertii 16-20" tall
Allium Bulbs Globe Master: 40" tall
Muscari Cotton Candy: 8-10" tall
Tulip Red Riding Hood: 10-12" tall
Bulb SpacingVaries:
Fritillaria Persica: 4 bulbs per sq ft
Allium Schubertii: 3 bulbs per sq ft
Allium Bulbs Globe Master: 3 bulbs per sq ft
Muscari Cotton Candy: 12 bulbs per sq ft
Tulip Red Riding Hood: 9 bulbs per sq ft
Bloom TimeLate spring to mid summer
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Item Package SizeCollection of 29

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Add some extraordinary flowers to your spring garden with our Stranger Than Fiction Flower Bulb Collection. Featuring five selections to wake up the senses from mid-spring to early-summer, the flowers will bring a sense of wonder to all.

In mid-spring, Persian Lily (Fritillaria persica), starts the show with 2-3' tall, vertical spikes of dusky maroon bell-shaped flowers. Multiplying over the seasons to establish dramatic groupings, this unusual flower is a favorite of all visitors – people and pollinators. Also in mid-spring, Red Riding Hood Tulip is shorter in stature but big in eye-popping color and unusual foliage. Next up in late-spring comes Cotton Candy Grape Hyacinth (Muscari). A most unusual Muscari, the lavender-pink flowers are feathery and frilly and sweetly fragrant. Allium Globemaster is always ready to surprise with its bouncy ball flower heads of violet-purple blooms. Plant them in a group where their height of 3-4' lets them tower over the late-spring to early-summer garden. Last but surely not least is Shubert’s Allium (Allium schubertii), one of our most beloved Alliums. At 16-20" tall, with long-lasting spherical, sparkler-like blooms they bring fireworks to the late-spring garden. Total of 29 bulbs. 

Persian Lily (Fritillaria persica) - 3 bulbs

Red Riding Hood Tulip - 9 bulbs

Cotton Candy Grape Hyacinth (Muscari) - 12 bulbs

Allium Globemaster - 3 bulbs

Shubert’s Allium (Tumbleweed Onion) - 2 bulbs

Bulbs are subject to change due to availability. If we make substitutions, we feature bulbs with similar attributes suitable to the collection design. Does not include planting map.

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Common Name
Stranger Than Fiction Flower Bulb Collection
5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Mature Height
Fritillaria Persica: 12-36" tall
Allium Schubertii 16-20" tall
Allium Bulbs Globe Master: 40" tall
Muscari Cotton Candy: 8-10" tall
Tulip Red Riding Hood: 10-12" tall
Bulb Spacing
Fritillaria Persica: 4 bulbs per sq ft
Allium Schubertii: 3 bulbs per sq ft
Allium Bulbs Globe Master: 3 bulbs per sq ft
Muscari Cotton Candy: 12 bulbs per sq ft
Tulip Red Riding Hood: 9 bulbs per sq ft
Planting Depth
Fritillaria Persica: 6" deep
Allium Schubertii: 8" deep
Allium Globe Master: 8" deep
Muscari Cotton Candy: 2-4" deep
Tulip Red Riding Hood: 6-8" deep
Bloom Time
Late spring to mid summer
Low Maintenance, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Containers
Soil Type
Average Soil, Sandy Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Waterwise, Average, Moist / Wet
Item Package Size
Collection of 29
Ships As
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Planting Time
Ideal Region
Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Hot Desert, Pacific Northwest, Coastal California
Idaho, Oregon, Washington
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals
Toxic to Cats and Dogs
Item Unit Of Measure
Ships To Canada
Planting Guides

Tips on Growing Fall Planted Flower Bulbs: When you receive your spring bulbs (Tulips, Daffodils, etc.) keep them in a dry, dark, cool place until ready to plant. They need air circulation so they will not collect moisture and rot. Planting times can vary from early October in the North to mid-to-late November in the southern regions. A good rule of thumb is to plant them about 6 weeks before the ground is frozen or after the first hard freeze. For more information and a planting depth illustration, see pages 13-15 of our Planting Guide.

Soil Preparation for Bulbs: Plant tulips in well-drained soil to ensure proper root formation. Incorporate a good quality organic compost as needed. Yum Yum Mix® is recommended as an excellent source of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium needed for strong plants and healthy roots. Mix a small amount into the bottom of the hole before planting your bulbs.

Many bulbs prefer full sun exposure, including Tulips. Exposure to full sun will bring out the rich colors that tulips offer, but some shade will enable a longer blooming period and still offer a colorful addition to your yard or garden. Other bulbs such as Grape Hyacinth (Muscari), Allium, Snowdrops (Galanthus), Hyacinth, Scilla and many Daffodils will tolerate partial shade and bloom well, so long as they receive at least six hours of sunlight each day. Pink Daffodils will hold their color longer if planted in dappled shade or morning sun/afternoon shade.

After planting, add a top dressing of compost or other organic material and water in thoroughly. If your winter is dry, water every three to four weeks throughout the winter and add more mulch if necessary.

Protect your Bulbs: One planting of Yellow Crown Imperial per 20 feet of garden bed will deter foraging mice, voles and moles. To deter chipmunks and squirrels from snacking on Tulip bulbs, place a grid of chicken wire above the bulbs as you plant to protect them. Apply Chase Mole and Gopher Repellent to the surface of the ground to protect bulbs from these burrowing mammals. As bulbs sprout, use our Deer Off Repellent to prevent deer and rabbits from browsing your spring blooms.

After your Bulbs have Bloomed: Once your bulbs have bloomed, allow the bulb foliage to brown and fade naturally, since the leaves are feeding the bulb in the ground. Removal of foliage weakens the bulb and leads to fewer blooms the following year. Planting your bulbs amongst your perennials is one way to conceal the dying bulb foliage. The perennials begin to grow and fill out as the bulb foliage dies back. The perennials will then provide foliage and color in the garden from late spring through the summer and into fall. Regular fertilization with balanced organic or natural fertilizer and a re-application of mulch each fall will insure more and more beautiful spring bulb blooms for many years!

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
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