Summer Flowering Bulbs
Plant now for summer colour
These bulbs are planted in mid to late spring and flower or leaf out in summer. Gladioli, lilies, freesias, begonias and alliums are common examples of summer bulbs. Some will bloom later in summer or for a longer time, like dahlias that bloom into autumn.
The majority of summer bulbs are sun worshippers, so we recommend planting them in full sun. Do make sure you’re planting in free-draining soil too – you don’t want any of your bulbs rotting.
Here’s a quick 3 step to planting your bulbs
- Plant the bulb with its tip pointing upwards and roots pointing down. This may seem obvious, but it’s not always easy to tell which end of a bulb is which. If you can’t tell the tip from the roots, plant the bulb on its side and it will find its own way.
- A rule of thumb with planting bulbs is to plant them twice the depth of the bulb.
- Most bulbs prefer a well-drained fertile soil but always add a handful of grit to the hole before dropping in the bulb. If your soil is very wet and heavy, consider planting bulbs in pots rather than in the ground.