Summer flowering bulbs have now arrived at Gordale and you’ll be spoilt for choice this year, with our fantastic range.
Planting bulbs is a great way to add colour, fragrance and interest to your garden. They can brighten up borders, containers, window boxes and even cut flower arrangements. Some of the most popular summer bulbs include dahlia, lily, gladioli, begonias and freesias.
But how do you grow summer flowering bulbs successfully? Here are some tips and tricks to help you get the best results from your bulbs.
When to plant summer flowering bulbs…
Unlike spring flowering bulbs, which need to be planted in autumn, summer flowering bulbs are planted in spring, after the risk of frost has passed. The exact timing will depend on the weather and the type of bulb you are growing, but generally speaking, you can plant summer bulbs from mid-March to mid-June.
Planting for summer-long colour…
With a little bit of planning and care, you can enjoy a beautiful display of vibrant summer blooms in your garden for up to 90 days. Simply select bulbs from each group, including varieties that bloom in early summer, mid summer and late summer.
How to plant…
Most summer flowering bulbs prefer a sunny, well-drained spot in the garden. However, some, such as begonias, can tolerate partial shade. Before planting, prepare the soil by digging in some organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure, to improve drainage and fertility.
The general rule for planting bulbs is to plant them at three times their depth, but there are some exceptions, so check the instructions on the packet or label. Make sure the bulbs are planted the right way up, with the pointy end facing upwards. Space them according to their final size and water them well after planting.
How to care for…
Summer flowering bulbs need regular watering and feeding during the growing season. Water them whenever the soil feels dry, but avoid overwatering, as this can cause rotting. Feed them with a balanced liquid fertiliser every two weeks from when they start to grow until they finish flowering.
Some summer bulbs, such as gladioli and lilies, may need staking to support their tall flower stems. You can use bamboo canes, metal stakes or twine to tie them to. Deadhead the faded flowers regularly to encourage more blooms and prevent seed formation, which can reduce the bulb’s vigour.
How to enjoy…
Summer flowering bulbs are not only beautiful in the garden, but also in the house. You can cut some of the flowers and arrange them in a vase or a basket, or make a bouquet for a friend. Some summer bulbs, such as freesias and lilies, have a wonderful fragrance that will fill your home with a delightful scent.
You can also enjoy summer flowering bulbs by taking pictures of them, painting them, or simply admiring them. They are a source of joy and inspiration for many gardeners and nature lovers. Summer flowering bulbs are a gift that keeps on giving, year after year. Why not try growing some in your garden this spring?
Don’t forget all our bulbs come from well-established growers Taylors Bulbs and Prims, so you can rest assured that you are buying quality flower bulbs.