5 Spring Bulbs to Plant Now for Summer Blooms

Spring and summer annual seeds, like bells of Ireland, English Daisies, Sunflowers, Marigolds and Zinnias can be planted in the spring.

Summer-flowering bulbs should be planted after the danger of frost is past. The soil temperature should be at least 55 degrees F. Bulbs-planted.

Remember, summer and fall-flowering bulbs need plenty of water and well-drained soil. When buying bulbs, always select ones that are firm and blemish-free. Large bulbs produce larger flowers.


Naturalising bulbs in grass can make an impressive display. They are best grown in informal areas of grass that can be left unmown while the bulb foliage dies back.

For a really natural look, gently scatter them across the planting area and plant each one where it lands. Use a sturdy trowel or bulb planter to dig a hole to the recommended bulb planting depth and drop the bulb into the hole, making sure that it is facing the right way up. Cover the bulb with soil and gently firm the earth around the bulbs to fill any pockets of air. Avoid treading the ground afterwards as this may damage the bulb growing tips as the soil settles.

If you are planting large numbers of bulbs then it may be simpler to lift an entire piece of turf with a spade and arranging the bulbs beneath it before relaying the turf.


Common Summer and Fall Bulbs

Dahlias flower in virtually every color and many different shapes. Dahlias prefer full sun and a rich, well-drained soil. They need ample water and fertilization.

Gladioli grow and flower best in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Plant the corns 3 to 6 inches deep. Glads need ample watering, so soak the ground thoroughly; avoid daylight watering.

Cannas are popular because of their extended flowering period and luxurious green, striped or bronze foliage. Cannas love hot summer sun, but need rick soil and a good moisture supply. Water thoroughly.

Lilies make great cut flowers and provide gorgeous colors during most of the summer season. Lilies need well-drained soil in an area that receives sun or partial shade.


What bulbs / flowers do you plan to plant this Spring?