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Summer Flowering Bulbs

Early spring is the time to be looking for summer flowering bulbs, you don’t even need a garden as they can easily be grown in containers. Choose your bulbs and tubers as you would your onions in the supermarket, make sure they are firm and don’t have any blemishes. As a rule, they should be planted as soon as the soil starts to warm up, anytime from March to May. If you plant them in cold wet soil they run the risk of rotting and they won’t grow until it warms. If you do want to get a head start plant them in containers and place in a sunny frost-free greenhouse or porch. It’s always a good idea to plant some bulbs in old containers then should gaps appear in your herbaceous borders just sink the whole pot in the soil. Make sure you use good quality free-draining peat-free compost which holds onto moisture but does not become sodden. Add water retention gel to the compost to cut down on watering in dry periods. Many of the summer bulbs are tall and statuesque so ideal for adding height to an herbaceous border. For something truly stunning grow tree lilies which can reach 240cm (8’) in height. If you want that lush jungle feel try growing Colocasia with it's huge leaves and cannas which have a spike of hot colour set against stunning large striped leaves. Dahlias are ideal for cutting and bringing into the home as they flower from late summer well into autumn.

Summer Flowering Bulbs

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Sparaxis tricolour 'Mixed' boasts spikes of exotic looking flowers that resemble freesias with richly coloured markings. The vibrant blooms of the Harlequin Flower appear above sword-shaped leaves from midsummer to early autumn. More Information...
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Anemone De Caen produce vibrant single stemmed poppy flowers from April-May, ideal for planting en masse in the border or rockery. This fine colourful mixture will grow and blossom in abundance from year to year. More Information...
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A gorgeous honey buff color so unusual that its delicate hues are much admired. This perfect form dahlia almost looks good enough to eat. The heavy foliage complements the blooms. More Information...
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The Dahlia 'Siberia' features wonderfully classic white flowers, with a slight tinge of soft yellow from the centre. Growing to a height of up to 100cm they would be a great pick for any border. More Information...
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Pleione formosana, the Taiwan pleione or windowsill orchid, is a species of flowering plant in the family Orchidaceae, native to southeastern China as well as northern and central Taiwan. More Information...
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Croscosmia ‘Lucifer’ bears arching sprays of intense, fiery red blooms. It’s ideal for the growing in swathes through the herbaceous border, particularly in hot or tropical planting schemes, and the flowers are excellent for cutting. More Information...
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Crocosmia 'Masoniorum' commonly known as Giant Montbretia is a clump forming deciduous perennial. In August to September the Crocosmia Masoniorum will bloom on tall, branching stems with orange and red coloured funnel shaped flowers hovering high above th More Information...
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Add interest to your garden bed or container with this unique Dahlia. The American Pie Dahlia has apricot/pink blooms against deep purple foliage. This variety is perfect in a container or as a border plant and will attract butterflies to your garden. More Information...
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This gorgeous little delight called Bessera elegans looks like a cross between an exotically coloured snowdrop and a fuchsia flower, but is known by it’s common name of ‘Coral Drops’. More Information...
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Cosmos atrosanguineus is a tender Mexican perennial grown as much for its scent of vanilla and hot chocolate as for its dusky brownish-red late-summer blooms. It's perfect for growing in a hot sunny garden, and makes an exotic cut flower. More Information...
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Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff' is one of the best single dahlias available, from which many of the 'Bishop' dahlias have been bred. It has dark bronze green foliage and contrasting bright red, single to semi-double flowers. More Information...
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Dahlia 'Mambo' is an anemone type with a big impact in borders, beds and patio pots. Fabulous, mauve-pink, double blooms with gold-tipped petals are borne on neat, bushy plants throughout summer. More Information...
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Picasso is a stunning variety of Canna, known for their bold leaves and showy flowers that make them a great summer bedding plant. Picasso has brilliant orange flowers, speckled with red spots, that open in mid-summer and early autumn. More Information...
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Echinops 'Veitch's Blue' is a particularly attractive globe thistle, bearing tight globes of deep blue flowers. It's extremely attractive to bees, butterflies and other insects, and makes an excellent cut flower. More Information...
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With their large, brightly streaked funnel-shaped flowers, Alstroemeria are some of the most eye-catching perennials around. Also known as the Peruvian Lily, this perennial resembles a miniature Lily. More Information...
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Ixia produce racemes of star-shaped flowers that bloom from the base. Long wiry stems and sword-like foliage accompany the flower heads, which showcase bright petals and contrasting dark berry centres. More Information...
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Tahiti Sunrise' is a highly attractive variety of the cactus type dahlia. Produces large, spiky flower heads of a soft yellow. Each long, narrow petal has a fuchsia-pink tip, creating a spectacular bi-coloured effect. More Information...
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Dahlia 'Peter' is a superb ball type variety of Dahlia. It forms an outstanding arrangement of closely cupped petals, forming a distinctive and highly attractive 'pom-pom' shape. A bold Dahlia that produces masses of bright, cerise pink flower heads, perf More Information...
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