Plant These Flower Bulbs in the Spring
In general, most of the bulbs that you plant in your garden (including favorites such as tulips, daffodils, and crocus flowers) should be placed in the ground before the first frost to ensure spring flowering. If you missed the planting window, there are still a number of bulbs (and those that are connected to the bulbs, such as tubers, tubers, and tuber roots) that are planted in the spring, which will give flowers after summer.
These plants do not need a prolonged period of cold rest to grow bulbs, as planted in autumn, which means that you can plant them in the spring and enjoy them before the end of the year. Choose from one (or a few!) of these bulbs this spring, then watch them add a touch of color to your summer landscape.
Dahlias are prolific blooms that come in a dazzling array of flower sizes, shapes, and petal colors, according to Debra Prinzing, founder and creative director of the Slow Flowers Society. “At the border, they look lush and abundant,” she says. “Like a cut flower, they arrange themselves practically.”You can add something to your garden by planting potato-like tubers in full sun. “Give your dahlias a boost and prepare the soil by adding compost and a granular all-purpose fertilizer (5-5-5).”Although dahlias are hardy only in USDA winter hardiness zones eight to 11, Prinzing says that gardeners in zones three to seven can grow the flower every season, and dig up the tubers at the end of the season, winter them at home, and then plant them again the next year.
Gladioli, which are preferred by gardeners, is experiencing a renaissance in the cut garden, especially in soft-colored varieties such as light green and apricot, Prinzing explains. “Plant the little round tubers in the spring and wait for their three-foot-long cobs to pop up, covered in orchid-like flowers,” she says. “Gladioli grow best in fertile, well-drained soil with constant moisture.”The bulbs must be planted with the sharp side up and a little deeper than the recommended depth of three or four inches to help keep the stems straight as soon as the flowers begin to open. “Gladioli are hardy in zones seven to 10,” she says, but they can be grown as annual plants in colder climates.
Lilies are sturdy bulbs that can add drama to your garden. “Their flowers require attention and come in a wide range of petal colors, both solid and speckled,” Prinzing explains. “Plant a combination of lily varieties to enjoy a mixed display-Asian, Asian double forms, la hybrids, trumpets, Oriental and not hybrids.”This can ensure a long summer full of a variety of flowers. “Lilies are perennials and will survive the winter outdoors in the four to nine zones of the USDA.”
Calla lilies, known for their unique, curving bloom, bloom in classic white, yellow, orange, pink, pink, lavender, and dark purple plum, according to Prinzing. “Plant them in full sun or partial shade; in cooler areas, they prefer full sun,” she says. “Group them in clusters at the front of a border or plant them in containers.”These beautiful flowers can be grown as annuals only in the USDA winter hardiness zones from eight to ten, everywhere else they need to be grown as annuals.
Unlike a real cosmos, which is usually grown from annual seeds, this flower is grown from a small bulb. “It produces Bordeaux-brown velvety flowers that look like a single cosmos flower on a tall, dark stem,” Prinzing explains. As a bonus, these flowers have an irresistible aroma of cocoa. “They are heat lovers from Mexico and they love warmth and sun”, which makes them ideal for planting in containers. These flowers are hardy in USDA zones seven through 11.
Prinzing, also known as the”peacock orchid”, says that this fragrant and summer-flowering relative of the gladiolus produces graceful white flowers on slender stems. “There is a distinctive, dark purple mark on the throat of each nodding flower — a nice contrast.”These plants need to be grown in full sun and planted as soon as the soil warms up. “Hardy up to zones six to 10, Acidanthera can be grown as annuals in colder or warmer areas.”
These bulbs show striking leaves instead of flowers, explains Kacey Ziegler, Senior Manager of Event Design at B Floral. “They are a little more versatile for placement, as they thrive in bright indirect light, which means they can be stained directly under other plants or placed where their leaves can see the sky but are not in full sun.”Caladiums are available in a variety of colors, including an awesome combination of white and green, roses, reds, and magentas. “Caladium can also be moved inside in winter to bring your room to life as a colorful houseplant.”
If you’re looking to make a gigantic impression in the garden, David J. Kiss, CONGRESSMAN, gardener, landscape theorist, and author of Designing Outside the Box, says that you should look no further than Allium gigantism, also known as the ornamental onion. “A living lollipop at a ripe height of three to five feet, topped by a perfectly round 9-inch flower ball of purple that fuses into purple-pink,” he says. “Plant in grapes for a “wow” factor of Alice in Wonderland.”
If you want to add height and dimension to your garden, Kiss suggests adding a Lilly Canna that can grow five to seven feet tall and is available in a variety of saturated flower colors and gold leaf patterns. “It’s tropical-looking summer by the pool and on the patio in the backyard.”Tags: Bulbs, Dahlia, Flower