Garden flowers

A colorful garden with summer bulbs

In flower beds, pots or in the middle of the lawn, summer bulbs bring color and cheerfulness.

Plant them in groups in the spring to enjoy them throughout the summer.

Dahlias, lily, crocosmias, gladioli, cannas, agapanthus... Summer bulbs come in many shapes and colors. All are easy to grow, superb in beds, planters and bouquets. Native to South Africa, South America or Australia, they love the sun and tolerate poor soil, provided it is well-drained.

If your soil is heavy and clayey, prefer growing in pots, as too much humidity causes the bulbs to rot.

Planting from March to May

The planting of summer bulbs should be done in warmed soil after the last frosts. In regions with a mild climate, it can be done as early as March; in others, it is better to wait until the end of the monthApril. Plant your bulbs in groups for a spectacular multicolored effect.

Mix the varieties, making sure to place the long-stemmed flowers in the background of the smaller species.

Before planting, loosen the soil with a spade, remove the stones and weeds. Place each bulb in a hole whose depth is twice its size (10 cm for gladioli and the crocosmias), pointed side up. Replace the soil lightly on top, to make it easier for the plant to come out of the soil.

In pots and planters, do not over tighten the bulbs. Place your container in the sun and water regularly.

Enjoy it the following spring

Flowering of the bulbs varies according to the species, lasting from two to four weeks for some species, much longer for others, such as dahlias, which remain in bloom until the first frost in autumn. Now is the time to pull them out, to cut their stems back to 10 cm, to store them in a dry frost-free room, so that they can be replanted the following spring.

For others, like lily where the crocosmias, it's even simpler, since the bulb can stay in place from year to year.

L. H.

Video: A guide to garden bulbs for beginners (July 2021).