Fawn Lily of spring.
In my attempt to get over the dreary and cold March days, I’ve been concentrating on getting myself excited about all the wonderful blooms already beginning to take flight. Forsythia and crocuses have already made an appearance while the bleeding hearts and tulips wait patiently for the end of this crazy, bi-polar weather. In fact, a lot of spring bulbs are waiting for their chance to brighten our gloomy days….which reminds me that we have bulbs in need of planting…soon! Since I’m thinking of it, I thought I’d throw the reminder out there. In our glee over spring blooms, let’s get our summer bulbs ordered, purchased, or dug up from the neighbor’s yard (just kidding! please don’t do that!).
When talking about bulbs, most of us think of nestling them into the ground just as the leaves begin to fall and witnessing their splendor before the leaves return in spring. But summer also holds a bountiful display of color and scent for us if we, while admiring spring beauties, get those summer bulbs in the ground. Don’t know what to plant? No worries, I’ll share some favorites later on!
Oh summer bulbs, how I love thee! During the hottest months of the year, I can give my garden a hit of exotic color and fragrance. It’s easy. It’s satisfying.
Decide what you want and where you want it. They work great in groupings, borders, or planted singly in containers to showcase throughout the yard. However you decide to do it, just make sure they’re prepared in well-drained soil. Next month should be prime for planting. So order, purchase, or divide existing bulbs in your yard. And do it now.
Explore the options! Let those peeking hyacinth bulbs be a catalyst for summer planning. As much as I love spring tulips and daffodils, their bloom time seems to end almost as suddenly as it begins. That’s why summer bulbs are so satisfying; they’re heat-hardy and have long-lasting blooms. Their toughened skin also makes them ideal for cuttings as they last (sometimes) for a few weeks in water. Who wouldn’t want to show off those striking dahlias and lilies on the dining table?!
Here’s to the making of a bright and fragrant summer! Some common summer bulbs that will undoubtedly give your yard a boost!
Daylily: with a range of reds, oranges and yellows, these are not only hardy, but will thrive here in Eugene (most likel you already have them around the yard). They multiply quickly, so be sure to divide them up every two years. (full sun-partial shade)
Tuberose, Oriental and Asiatic Lilies: I group these together because they not only offer the headiest scents, but are also among the showiest bulbs. (i.e. tiger lily)–(plenty of sun)
Dahlias: these big, intricate and stunning flowers give us one last show of color as they bloom August-October. I adore these! All dahlia cultivars are gorgeous and worth having! (full sun)
Gladiolus: these lovely bulbs are rewarding because they’re so easy to grow and they offer a wide range of colors. If you stagger the planting time (a handful each week), then you’ll have blooms all summer. Just note that they do not typically overwinter very well, so you may have to dig up the bulbs and keep them snug after the first frost. (full sun-partial shade)
Tiger Lily of summer
Crocosmias: Another of my favorites. With bright, delicate blooms, crocosmias are awesome planted in rows or in groupings that compliment other perennials/annuals. I plan with color in mind. I love the deep red crosmias next to simple white daisies, for example. (full sun-partial shade)
This will just get you started. There’s a lot more to discover!
I’ll be offering my two cents about local nurseries soon so be on the watch for that one!
Until next time, happy planning!