The towering spires of eremurus, also called foxtail lily, appear in mid-spring. Although an underused bulb, eremurus makes a spectacular statement when planted in groups of four to six at the back of a border or bed.
Eremurus blooms in white, pink, yellow, orange, and peach. At home in any perennial border, eremurus is the first tall bloomer (up to 9 feet) of the season and makes way for later tall perennials such as delphiniums and foxgloves. Blooms last about three weeks and are as beautiful in a border as they are in a bouquet.
Plant eremurus in the fall in locations with full sun. Place bulbs in rich soil, amended with sphagnum peat moss and compost or manure, 4-6 inches deep and 1-2 feet apart. Mulch with compost, especially in colder climates, to ensure hardiness. In the early spring, remove the mulch after frost no longer is a danger. After the blooms are gone in late spring, allow the foliage to wither and brown.