Summer Blooming Bulbs – Calendar
Summer Blooming Bulbs Calendar
Bulbs planted in the autumn and spring can provide many of the gayest flowers of summer.
They include the stately, favourites for four centuries and still being further developed and improved; the so easy to grow that they are often ‘naturalized’ in rough-mown grass and left to fend for themselves for years; the sturdy hyacinths richly scented and ideal for formal settings or planting in containers; crocuses and muscaris to make carpets of colour or to be used as edgings to beds; bluebells for woodlands, scillas and chionodoxas for , animus to grow among the and many more.
Plant summer blooming bulbs in different places and in different ways. Tulips and hyacinths, for example, can be arranged regularly in straight rows or circles since this fits well with their role as bedding plants either on their own or with a groundwork of forget-me-nots, polyanthuses, primroses, double daisies or wallflowers. In contrast, daffodils, especially when naturalized, are planted to look as natural as possible, either in long, curving drifts, or in narrower, winding trails rather like golden streams, perhaps ending in a larger splash of colour.
|Summer Blooming Bulbs||When to Plant||When in Flower|
|Anemone (‘de Caen’, ‘St Brigid’)||September||May to July|
|Eremerus (Foxtail Lily)||September||June to July|
|Gladiolus (small flowering)||April to May||June to July|
|Sparaxis||March to April||June to July|
|Sprekelia||April||June to July|
|Ranunculus||February||June to August|
|Lilium (Lily)||March to May||June to September|
|Ismene||May||July to August|
|Oxalis||March||July to August|
|Tigridia (Peacock tiger flower)||March||July to August|
|Agapanthus (African Lily)||April||July to September|
|Montbretia||April||July to September|
|Gladiolus (large flowering)||April to May||July to September|
|Acidanthera||April to May||July to October|
|Begonia||April to May||July to October|
|Canna||April to May||July to October|
|Ornithogalum||March||August to September|
|Colchium||August||August to September|
|Dahlia||May||August to October|
|Freesia||April to May||August to October|
|Cyclamen||September||August to October|
|Nerine (Guernsey Lily)||September||September|
|Amaryllis belladonna||May to June||September to October|
Random planting of your summer blooming bulbs suits many of the smaller bulbs but when you grow bluebells, snowdrops, fritillarias, winter aconites and so on in woodland or wild gardens, try to get a complete cover of the ground just as bluebells do when they grow wild in the woods. In borders, it is effective to keep bulbs in fairly compact groups so that they make clumps of colour when in flower, and can be identified and cared for according to their needs.