By: Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)
Traditionally, bulbs like tulips and daffodils represent an easy way novice growers can create beautiful landscapes. Much like their spring counterparts, summer blooming flower bulbs can add great depth to flower beds and borders. Beginning to explore which bulbs bloom in summer is one of the first steps in creating stunning warm season gardens.
Summer flowering bulbs can maximize a flower garden with bountiful blooms. Since flower bulbs that bloom in summer are frequently tender to frost, they are most commonly planted after the weather has warmed in the spring.
Planting time will also vary depending upon each bulb type and the gardener’s USDA growing zone. Though some summer garden bulbs are grown as annuals, many types can be lifted and stored indoors over winter. This often takes place in fall.
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Summer-flowering bulbs and tubers are a great way to fill gaps with bursts of bright colour
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Many people associate bulbs with spring, but there are plenty of flower bulbs and tubers to grow in summer too. What’s more, it’s easy to squeeze a few summer-flowering bulbs into your garden - they take up very little space, and reward you with bursts of colour from spring until autumn.
Plant your summer-flowering bulbs, corms and tubers just as the weather starts to warm up in spring. As a rule of thumb, most bulbs should be planted at 3 times their depth, but there are a few exceptions so it's worth reading our 'How to grow bulbs' article for more information.
Here are 10 of our favourite summer-flowering bulbs for inspiration…
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Zinnia is a flowering plant that grow showy flowers from early summer until the first frost. The flowers are generally large globular blooms that come in a variety of brilliant colors. These flowering plants grow as perennials or annuals and thrive in full sun. They are also in the list of drought-tolerant plants. Some Zinnia cultivars are tall flowering plants, and others are dwarf varieties.
One reason to choose Zinnias for your summer garden is that their cut flowers retain their blooms all summer. They also are a perfect choice for window boxes, mixed borders, containers, or edging plants.
Most spring-planted bulbs are tender and susceptible to the cold. Therefore, if planting outdoors, wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before planting your spring bulbs. Many gardeners start their tender bulbs indoors in the spring and then transplant them to the garden after danger of frost has passed.
In many areas of the country, tender bulbs must be dug up, or lifted, in the fall, stored indoors over winter, and then planted in the spring. In the fall, after the plant’s foliage has withered or turned brown by a light frost, dig up the bulbs. Air dry the bulbs in a well-ventilated area for about a week. Do not dry the bulbs in the sun. After drying the bulbs, they can be stored in dry peat moss or wood shavings in a brown paper bag, open crate or netted bag. Store them at 50-55 degrees F. in a dry location until time to replant.