Summer Flowering Bulbs
Ideas for planting summer flowering bulbs including old favourites such as Gladioli Bulbs, Agapanthus and Dahlia Bulbs including the classic summer bulb, Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff' (picture right)provide a welcome addition of flowers to the garden after other bulbs have finished flowering.
However it is well worth investigating the many bulbs from South Africa if you wish to add real color to the summer border. Many of the South African bulbs do extremely well in pots.
Garden bulbs that will flower through the summer months are a great addition to the garden, some are common including some of the ornamental alliums, arum lilies, begonias, crocosmia, dahlias, galtonia, gladioli, gloriosa lily, hippeastrum, lilies and zantedeschias.
Some other great summer bulbs are a little more unusual, and these include many of the rarer South African Bulbs that although are difficult in the UK climate can be successfully grown and brought to flower in summer months with a little care and the help of a greenhouse or hothouse
Watsonia, now these are a fairly hardy bulb and can tend to 'multiply' a little to readily, so keep an eye on them, but for a great display in early summer they are an excellent bulb.
Cytranthus do well coming into flower in early summer, overwinter in the greenhouse and do not water during this period. C. obliquus C. huttonii are two species worth looking for. Cytranthus elgens (picture right) is one of these easier to grow, especially in a container.
Brunsvigia are another excellent plant for the enthusiast along with Freesia laxa which flowers in early summer
And of course we talk about gardening with summer bulbs we also have Arisaema candidisimum, now many arisaema species flower much earlier, late winter to spring, but this one is late, early summer, followed by magnificent foliage that last right through to autumn.
Usually planted in Autumn these warm season bulbs many may require some protection from cold winters. Bulbs can be kept indoors or in a conservatory over winter and remember that many do not really like a of water during winter.
They are mostly sun lovers, begonias are an exception. In general plant bulbs in groups or clumps for best effect. Consider growing bulbs in containers or in the border. Some bulbs like to be lifted in winter others like to left alone, however to much water can be a problem with many of the South African bulbs
List of the best summer flowering bulbs for the UK garden
Gladioli are really a favorite flowering bulb or corm. Look for the spectacular hybridized varieties, however remember that species gladioli are also well worth a look. Looking for Gladioli Bulbs
Agapanthus are a hardy bulb and with new hybridized varieties including miniatures and multi colored varieties now available they are well worth considering. Explore the world of Agapanthus
Canna lilies are an old garden favorite that have made a big comeback in recent years. Some new varieties have great foliage as well as colorful flowers, tall and stately at the rear of the border during warm summer months.
Again an old favorite with lots of variety. Fimbriated dahlias, Collarets, Formal decorative Dahlias, cactus Dahlias and many more. A riot of color with lots of flowers to pick in summer months. Dahlias
- Zantedeschia (calla lilies)
Lots of color in this group. Zantedeschia
These include orientals, aurelian hybrids, orienpets, species and asiatics. yes some may need a hot house or conservatory, however they are well worth it. Lilium Nurseries
If you can, grow them, fantastic flowers from these summer flowering bulbs. Plant them in Autumn and keep them warm.
- Alliums (Ornamental Onions)
Summer flowering, and a huge range of forms available. Alliums
Other great summer flowering bulbs include:
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