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the buried treasures in your garden…
Bulbs offer a wealth of colour, form and structure to the garden. Many bulbs are fragrant and others leave attractive seed heads at the end of their flowering season. Versatile and easy to grow, the vast range of bulbs available provides flowers from across the colour spectrum for every month of the year.
Whether you carefully plan your planting to create a spectacular vision or less strategically scatter some of your favourites for a surprise appearance, as the seasons change, watch your garden come to life with the colour and interest bulbs have to offer!
Bulbs can be used in containers, baskets, borders, and for naturalising in grass, under trees or in wildflower meadows, giving interest in areas of the garden that otherwise may not bloom, some can even be planted indoors for a Christmas display! The beauty of bulbs, besides their versatility and visual beauty, is that many favourites are perennials, offering many years of enjoyment, when you consider this, they also prove a good value investment for your garden!
Our full range of Summer Flowering Bulbs are available now!
Summer bulbs take up so little space in the garden, but add a real ‘Wow’, be it with punchy colour or exotic blooms and some have wonderful fragrance too.
We have a lovely selection of hardy perennial, or tender bulbs, tubers or corms for you to choose from, either by colour, in colour combinations or in themed collections.
Anemones – growing from small black, knobbly tubers these flower through Spring to Summer in a range of vibrant colours. The flowers may be used as cut flowers. Likes a hot sunny spot. Hardy.
Begonias – ever popular and reliable these are grown for their abundance of single or double rose like flowers, and their green or bronze foliage. They maybe either upright or pendulous growing too, which lends them to being grown in containers and hanging baskets. They will also grow in sun or shade.
Canna – tall upright stems of large paddle like foliage in either green, black, bronze or variegated colours,with lush exotic blooms in a range of bright clear colours. Grow them in containers or the borders in a sunny position with moist well drained soil. Dead head regularly.
Crinum – this really does look exotic with long lush strappy foliage and 1 meter tall fat stems carrying pink trumpet like flowers. Likes it warm and as much water as is available – and it’s hardy.
Crocosmia – tall arching wiry stems carry long tubular flowers in yellows, oranges and reds, over green foliage that is ribbed or pleated. Sun or part shade in moist well drained soil. Hardy.
Eucomis – named after the tuft of leaves on top of the cylindrical flower stem. An interesting late summer bloomer, flowers are white, cream pale green or purple, over green or purple strappy foliage. Likes sun and moist soil. Hardy.
Freesia – jewel bright, trumpet like flowers with a lovely scent in late summer. Grow them in a pot over winter, in a cool frost free place, for spring flowers.
Gladioli – not just the flower spikes beloved by Dame Edna, and they are lovely as cut flowers, but dainty G. nanus varieties that are hardy and G. muriiielae, formerly Acidanthera bicolor with its heavenly fragrance from white flowers in late summer.
Hedychium – Ginger lily, butterfly like lemon yellow cylinders of delicately scented flowers top tall of long stalks of paddle like foliage, that can grow to 2m tall.sunny site in well drained, moist soil.
Hymenocallis – with soft yellow or white spidery, exotic daffodil like flowers, growing upto 80cms tall.
Lilies – beauty, elegance, grace and even some with fragrance, what more could a gardener want?
Mirabilis – Four o’clock flower, so called as the flowers open late afternoon and have faded by the morning. Makes a bushy perennial with clusters of of long tubular flowers in red, pink, white, yellow or magenta, with all colours appearing on the same plant sometimes.
Nerine – need to be at the base of a hot sunny wall to produce an abundance of sugar pink flowers from late September. Hardy.
Triteleia – dainty Agapanthus like clusters of rich blue/purple flowers in June. Likes a warm sunny spot. Hardy.
Zantedeschia – exotic wrap around flowers in a range of bright colours, the foliage of some varieties speckled white. Suitable for containers or borders.
Planting, Lifting & Storing Summer Flowering Bulbs
Plant your hardier bulbs, tubers or corms directly into the border in March/April, once the weather warms up and risk of frosts diminishes, at the depth recommended on the packaging. More tender types e.g. Begonia corms can be planted into pots of multi-purpose compost to start them growing. Grow them on somewhere warm, bright and frost free, and harden them off gradually outside before planting them into their growing positions. If they are to spend summer in hanging baskets or containers you can start them growing in these, putting them outside once frosts have finished. Water, feed and deadhead as necessary during the growing season.
At the end of the season carefully lift those bulbs, tubers or corms you wish to keep for next year, dry them off and remove any compost and debris from them, label carefully and store them somewhere cool, dry and frost free ready for next year.
What are Bulbs?
Bulb is a general term used by gardeners for plants with a food storage organ that allows them to grow and flower once the optimum conditions occur.
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter – Bulbs can provide colour and interest during every season…
When to Plant: Autumn – for best results plant spring flowering bulbs in September (Tulips can be planted as late as November)
Examples: Narcissi, Tulip, Alliums, Bluebells
Flower: mid-June onwards
When to Plant: Generally speaking Summer Flowering bulbs are tender and should be planted after frosts have passed in spring
Examples: Allium, Lily, Gladioli
Flower: August onwards
When to Plant: Summer – plant in August for flower shortly after – foliage will follow in summer (August)
Examples: Amaryllis, Autumn Crocus, Colchicum, Dahlia, Eucomis
Outdoor Examples: Snowdrops, Winter Aconites (Eranthis), Cyclamen Coum
Indoor Examples: Prepared Hyacinths, Prepared Narcissus
Aylett’s Top Tips!
Buying – When buying, choose bulbs that are firm, fresh and feel heavy for their size, avoid any that are damaged, soft, shrinking or showing signs of mould.
Planting Depth – Bulbs generally need to be planted about twice their height depth.
Group Together – Plant bulbs in groups; odd numbers of bulbs in each group work best. Generally, the larger the group, the better the display looks.
Woodland Planting – If you are going for a random effect in a woodland/wild setting, throw the bulbs in front of you and plant them where they land.
Careful Planning – If you would like to mix different varieties of bulbs together, to make the best display be sure to check flowering times and heights, or to make life easier let the experts do the work and choose one of our combination packs.
Container Planting – Containers filled with bulbs can really make an impact. Dwarf varieties do especially well in containers (such as Narcissi Tete a Tete), plant bulbs closer in pot than you would in the ground for bigger impact. Water and feed well during the growing season, compost should feel moist but not too wet, it is important not to let the compost dry out.