Spring is in the air, you can feel it…even here in London. Things are starting to bloom and the temperatures are getting warmer, so naturally it’s time to start thinking about enjoying your outside space. Now, enjoying that might be as simple as planting some flowers or as involved as putting up a greenhouse or laying a new patio. However, no matter which task you’ve got planned, Costco.com has all kinds of cool things to make your yard look fresh and springy. So, in case you weren’t aware of all the great things you can get, I’m going to do a little summary of some of my favorite items (and things I would really consider buying if I had a yard right now).
I’m going to start with my favorite thing, flowers! They have all kinds of great bulbs and flowers that you can buy through Costco.com. They have some beautiful dahlia and daylily collections that would certainly be enough to add a nice punch of color to your yard. In the dahlia collection you get 12 bulbs with 12 different varieties, so lots of color and lots. The dahlias are truly as big as a dinner plate and are specially selected prize-winning flowers that will give you just the most spectacular blooms, I’ll bet. The daylily collection doesn’t come with as much variety, just 4 bulbs, however, they re-bloom so that you will get gorgeous blooms all summer long from July through September. Two of the bulbs you receive are for those really pretty daylilies that have the ruffly edges that look so delicate and pretty; I absolutely love them. But they also have a collection of one of my favorite flowers, peonies. In this collection you get just three bulbs, but if you are familiar with peonies you know that they grow into giant bushes, so three really isn’t that bad. They have white, pink, and a pretty mix that is white and pink. These are great because they have nice big leaves when the bushes aren’t blooming but when they are in bloom, you get these enormous flowers that have this intense fragrance that will make your whole yard smell beautiful. If none of those types of flowers are what you’re looking for in your garden, they also have roses, coneflowers, and a collection of fragrant bulbs too. They also have a collection that is geared just towards attracting butterflies. All in all, they have a really great bunch of flowers to choose from. And of course, you know that if they die or don’t bloom, you can always take them back to Costco for a refund.
- Complete Dinner Plate Dahlia Collection, Item # 503990, $46.99 (including shipping) for 12 bulbs.
- Re-blooming Daylily Collection, Item # 503722, $37.99 (including shipping) for 4 bulbs.
- Deluxe Peony Collection, Item # 504008, $29.99 (including shipping) for 3 bulbs.
Of course, maybe you were looking for something more green and less showy than big flowers. Well, you can always get a nice variety pack of hostas. They have a 4 bulb pack of 4 different hosta varieties so you can get a nice variance in the leaves to give a subtle hint of color and texture difference in your garden. Our house in Austin has the shadiest backyard, but we have for some unfortunate reason, never had any luck growing hostas. Of course, everyone tells me that they are so easy; just rubbing it in. I like hostas because they have the nice big leaves and the are an interesting looking plant with the variegated leaves, and then they have the cute little tiny lavender flowers on long stalks to add a little bit of fun too. I think my problem is that we have slugs that eat the tender shoots before they barely get out of the ground. So, maybe you’ll have better luck.
- Shade Loving Hosta Collection, Item # 503964, $29.99 (shipping included) for 4 bulbs.
There’s one collection of plants you can buy on Costco.com that totally took me by surprise though: the fruit and vegetable collection. Who knew? This is a huge collection of 43 plants (though I’m sure they are baby sized) made up of 10 asparagus, 5 rhubarb, 2 blackberries, 3 raspberries, 1 blueberry plant, 20 strawberries and 2 seedless grapes. You could eat healthy all summer long from your own garden with this bunch of plants. I know from raising asparagus (we could finally get a decent harvest this year, which is sad) that you can’t harvest it that first year. You just have to sit there and watch it and think about the delicious stalks that you will be able to eat in a year or two. I’ve never raised berries, but Dave would love to be able to do that. I can guarantee that if we were home, we would have gotten this from Costco.com for sure.
- Fruit and Vegetable Collection, Item # 504012, $46.99 (shipping included) for 43 plants.
Overall there are 25 different flowers, bulbs or plants that you can buy at Costco.com right now; a really wide choice of types of flowers. So, if you’re thinking about doing some planting this spring, you should definitely check out the selection at Costco.com. We’ve had really good luck with the plants, flowers and bulbs that we have bought at Costco. Only one bunch of bulbs didn’t turn into flowers, but they were carried off by the crazy squirrels in our backyard, so that is hardly Costco’s fault. :-)
Okay, this post turned out to be much longer than I was thinking it would be and I only talked about the flowers. But there’s a bunch of other stuff that I wanted to mention, so I’m going to do a second post later this week (Friday or Saturday since our movers are bringing all of our stuff tomorrow) about some of the other cool finds at Costco for your yard.