Summer Flowering Bulbs
These need to be planted in the spring as the weather starts to warm and they take up very little space in the garden and can therefore be squeezed into small spaces in full flowerbeds.
With such a wide variety to choose from, why not chose a selection of different bulbs to get a succession of blooms from spring time through to autumn, ensuring that enchanting new colours and varieties are a given feature of your garden.
With spring not far off, now is a great time to visit the garden centre and buy your summer flowering bulbs. We have a great range for you here starting from only £1.99 per pack. Begonias, Nerines, Freesias, Gladioli, Ranunculus, Anemones, liliums, Cannas and many more.
Generally speaking most summer flowering bulbs need to be planted, dependent on variety, between March and May.
In borders aim to plant in groups of at least 5 as this will make a fantastic show at flowering time. Bulbs are also ideal for use in pots and container.
First you need to ascertain the correct depth to plant. This can easily be worked out by roughly measuring from the base of the bulb to the tip. The planting depth is double or treble this measurement (a 2 inch bulb would be planted at 4 to 6 inches deep). Plant the bulbs tip uppermost in a suitably sized hole and cover with soil. Spacing between bulbs should be at least twice their width. If planting in containers you can plant the bulbs a little closer if needed.
Caring for bulbs in containers.
Water bulbs regularly when they are actively growing taking care not to saturate the compost, a waterlogged container will cause the bulbs to rot. To promote good flowering next year feed bulbs with a high potassium fertiliser every one to two weeks. Reduce the frequency of watering and stop feeding when the foliage starts to die down. It is best to let the foliage die down naturally rather than remove it prematurely.