Looking to add summer flowering plants to your existing shrubs and perennials? Try summer flowering bulbs for a display that can bloom from early summer through to mid-fall. There are many gorgeous bulbs you can plant in spring for great summer colour, and cut-flowers. Dahlias are commonly planted tender bulbs. Mostly tropical in origin, summer flowering bulbs bring a hint of the exotic to our garden beds and borders. Sold in mesh bags at your local garden centre, you will have many options to choose from. Gladiolus, Dahlia, Begonia, Asian Lilies as well as Canna Lilies and Calla Lilies can all be grown from bulbs.
Celebrate Canada in Red and White Style
This year, Canadian bulb producers have introduced showy red and white bulbs to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. Look out for ‘Canadian Celebration’ dahlias with a white flower that has a delicate red stripe on the petals. ‘True North’ Lilies, Gladiolus and Dahlias are all vibrant variations of red and white blossoms for a patriotic garden display.
Easy Care Tips for Success with Summer Bulbs
Most summer bulbs love warm soil and the heat of summer. In Vancouver, you can plant in spring for blooms by summer. Dahlias, Canna Lilies and Gladiolus like a spot in full sun with moist but well drained soil. Calla Lilies can be planted in part shade or full sun. Stake taller plants as they grow. In early autumn, remember to dig out the bulbs after all the foliage has receded. Store them in a cool, dry place away from car fumes. Let them lay dormant all winter and repeat next spring!
Jessica Salvador is a Certified Landscape Horticulturist. She is Co-Owner of Higher Ground Gardens with Christian Kessner, a Certified Landscape Technician