Summer flowering bulbs are the secret to creating stunning colour to your garden through the summer season. Plant your bulbs and tubers into beds, borders or containers in spring after the last of the frost has passed. As the temperature warms, bulbs come out of dormancy to create an exotic display of colour to your already established shrubs and perennials.
By combining different types of summer flowering bulbs you will have continuous blooms from spring until autumn. They take up very little space in the garden so you can squeeze lots of different varieties into your borders.
The first summer bulbs such as Alliums start to produce globes of stunning purple flowers during late spring. The starry blooms of Camassias will fill your garden with whites and blues through late spring and early summer. A carpeting of Anemone will edge your borders with hues of red, blue and violet. Tuberous Begonias are ideally suited to growing in containers and hanging baskets and provide continuous colour throughout the summer.
Angel’s fishing rod starts the early summer blooms as it casts clusters of magenta bells on elegant arching stems that can reach 1.5m high. The Summer Hyacinth is a useful gap-filler, giving mixed and herbaceous borders a boost from midsummer onwards. The delicately fragrant, drooping ivory bells look particularly impressive when planted in large clumps.
To add a tropical touch to the summer garden, look no further than Pineapple lily. It produces stout, pineapple-like leafy-topped spikes, densely packed with purple-edged, creamy stars. Since it is not fully hardy, the Pineapple lily is a good candidate for a tub on a sheltered patio.
As late summer gently eases into autumn there are several late blooming bulbs to choose from. Gladioli is a firm garden favourite. Crocosmia (tomato-red Lucifer) starts a little later and blooms into early autumn adding an exotic-looking addition to summer borders. Freesias produce beautifully fragrant blooms on strong arching stems. Being half-hardy they are best grown in the greenhouse. These fast growing corms will quickly multiply and wander through your borders all on their own.