I bless the good fortune, ten years now in the past, that allowed me to find and try a few bulbs of Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica, commonly known as Striped Squill. I am always partial to the sky-blue Scilla sp. family and I am always on the lookout for species bulbs that will survive the wind and wayward Kansas Spring. These minor bulbs (as Elizabeth Lawrence referred to them) are a match made in the heavens for my garden.
Puschkinia are small bulbs of the hyacinth family that one website claims have been "gardened" since 1808, but I'm sure that must be the Western history of gardening with these Turkish natives. Growing only 6 inches tall, a decent-sized clump at a distance looks primarily like a white ground-hugging blob, but up close, the beauty of these little guys is striking. It took several years for this bulb to "grow" on me since I started with such a small clump, but they have begun to spread on their own through the bed I planted them in, and they've now earned a permanent place in my garden. VanBloem lists them as being hardy to USDA Zone 7-8, but they've survived and spread 10 years in my Zone 5 garden. They also come in a completely white form, but these are harder to find and are probably undistinguished in terms of garden impact. I've had enough lately of pure white mutant forms of otherwise spectacular flowers.