Officially, spring arrived a month ago. But in Southern Ontario, late April is when spring really begins. Around our house, that’s when the BBQ starts winning over the stovetop, we can finally sit out on the patio (OK, so we’re still wearing our parkas) for the cocktail hour, and we make a quick weekend trip to the cottage on The Bruce (otherwise known as The Bruce Peninsula) to see the trilliums. By the last week of April, these delicate flowers are in their prime–a rare and lovely sight.
As trends go in gardening, going native just keeps getting hotter. What better way to introduce some natives into your garden than with this gorgeous plant. Yes, as loyal Southern Ontarians, we grew up knowing that picking or transplanting wild trilliums was a no-no. But there are many a legitimate garden nursery who sell trilliums they’ve propagated themselves (as opposed to dug them up in the woods somewhere).
A well-reputed nursery can also offer a selection of trilliums beyond the classic white variety. Humber Nurseries in Brampton, ON, for instance, has six trilliums listed in their online plant database, including the brilliant white Trillium grandiflorum, Ontario’s provincial flower and emblem, as well as purple and yellow varieties.
Here are some quick tips for planting trilliums this spring: