Summer blooming bulbs

Tue. May. 14, 2019

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Gladiolas, dahlias, cannas.  These are bulbs we in cold climates can plant now for summer bloom!

Dahlia ‘Melody Allegro’

Alliums, oriental lilies, begonias and bulbs I can’t pronounce are also on that list. I made an impulse purchase and bought some pretty gladioli called ‘Vista’, a pretty purple and white glad with a red center.

These are gonna add some pop to the perennial garden as they grow 40 inches tall and bloom from July to September.  Glads need to be dug up after the first hard frost in the Fall when the plants are done! Cannas are the same way. But they’re so lovely. Their large tropical leaves really make a statement against a fence or standing sentry in sunny areas. The one caution is that, very quickly, you’ll have way more of canna rhizomes than you need!! I’m lumping them into the bulb category.

Begonias are outstanding for the shaded areas of your landscape. Here’s a link on how to plant begonia tubers . There’s a little technique to it. Personally I buy them at the local nursery for my hanging baskets and leave at that. I have tons of pictures on my website of some stunning samples of all of these summer blooming bulbs!  

Oh, and then there’s the crazy beautiful dahlias! Oh, so many choices it’s ridiculous. A new one for 2019 is ‘Leila Savanna Rose’. This one is classified as a semi-cactus form. It’s petals are a vibrant white with a “rounded quill” shape edged in lavender.  They’re 5 inches across.

Dahlia ‘Leila Savanna Rose’ by White flower farm

Dahlias bloom from July into October in some areas, they are not winter hardy. Stash this in with spent perennials, it grows to 4 feet tall.