I’ve just bought this amazing Fritillaria imperialis ‘Aureomarginata’ (Crown Imperial).
It is quite rare and unusual with orange flowers and gold edged bracts and grows to 150cm (5 ft) in height. It’s sure to make an impact in any border but I think I’ll be planting it in a nice pot.
The key to successfully growing Crown Imperial is to plant the bulbs in well drained soil/compost, to stop them rotting off lay them on their sides on a bed of grit or gravel.
You can currently buy Fritillaria imperialis from Thompson & Morgan; buy now for flowering this coming Spring.