Summer-Blooming Bulbs to Plant in Spring
As the spring crocus and daffodils start to fade, it’s time to look ahead to the next show.
Gladiolus or “Glads” as a lot of people call them are another type of bulb that when planted in Spring will give you beautiful colorful flowers throughout the summer. Glads are a bulb that should be dug up each Fall depending on where you live.
Caladiums are tuberous tropical plants that are grown for their spectacularly colorful foliage. Although tropical, they grow fast enough to be enjoyed as annuals during the summer in cooler climates and all year long as houseplants. Caladiums thrive in warm, humid shade, and dazzle in shade gardens with their large pointed arrow-shaped leaves splashed with shades of green, white, cream, pink and red. Although they don’t usually flower when grown as annuals, the foliage puts on a dazzling show all season with minimal fuss or care.
Alliums are plants of exquisite beauty in both flower and leaf, with tough constitutions. These easy-to-grow bulbs come in a broad palette of colors, heights, bloom times and flower forms. They make excellent cut flowers for fresh or dried bouquets. Even crowded gardens can accommodate a few alliums because they don’t take up much space. What’s more, alliums are relatively resistant to deer, voles, chipmunks, and rabbits.
It’s not hard to see why dahlias are one of the most widely grown and well-loved cut flowers. Their brilliant blooms come in a dazzling rainbow of colors, they flower from mid-summer until the first fall frost, and they produce both blooms and tubers so abundantly that they always end up getting shared. Be warned though: Once you’ve been bit by the dahlias bug, there’s no going back.
Everyone loves lilies. With large, showy blooms, lilies add striking elegance to the yard and garden from early to midsummer. Grown from bulbs, lilies are perennial flowers that will return year after year and require minimal care, provided that you plant them in the right place.
Begonias are among the most popular of cultivated plants, indoors or outdoors. These lovely plants are grown for both their leaf forms and their blooms, depending on the type of begonia. In some areas of the world, the wax begonia is easily the most popular bedding plant, while serious plant collectors still go to great lengths to hunt down beautiful foliage begonias.
Peonies are one of the best-known and most dearly loved perennials. This is hardly surprising considering their sumptuous beauty and fragrance, trouble-free nature and longevity. Peonies also thrive almost anywhere in the country.