Summer bulbs can add a splash of colour to your garden:
- Gladiolas summer blooms, full sun
- Dahlias summer and fall blooms, full sun to light shade
- Tuberous begonias summer and fall, partial shade to shade
- Caladiums multicoloured foliage, sun to part shade. Deer don’t like caladiums.
- Cannas summer blooms, full sun.
- Summer hyacinths (Galtonia) summer blooms, sun to part shade, fragrant. Might winter over in a well protected area.
- Elephant ears (Colocasia) large, exotic-looking leaves, part shade.
For a head start on the flowers, you can plant the bulbs indoors.
After frost in the fall, lift the bulbs and store them in peat moss or in a cloth Green Thumb bulb bag (also great as gift bags).
Here’s a tip: this spring, if you find a bare spot where you’d like more tulips or daffodils, etc., mark the spot by planting some summer bulbs there. You’ll fill the spot for the summer; in the fall, you’ll know where to plant the spring bulbs.