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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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Give your patio the ‘wow’ factor with this sumptuous Begonia. The fully double blooms of Begonia 'Camelia' are deep, rose-pink with a white picotee edge that really catches the eye. More Information...
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Liatris have large bottlebrush like spikes of tiny clustered purple florets and unlike other flowers they open from the top downwards. This extraordinary plant shines in your border and makes an excellent summer cut flower. More Information...
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These superb lilies often referred to as the Pink Casablanca, will give an extra wow factor to your borders. The large, elegant blooms are an extraordinary and intense deep pink colour. More Information...
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Lilium 'Roselily Carolina' is a hardy Summer-flowering bulb that adds great beauty, drama and powerful fragrance to the border or when grown in tall pots on the patio. It produces stems of exquisite double blooms with a lovely soft scent and is compact in More Information...
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Dahlia 'Glorie van Noordwijk' is an eye-catching Dinner Plate Dahlia with huge and magnificent, butterscotch blossoms, up to 8 inches. The fully double flowers are borne on long, dark stems and are excellent for cutting. 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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Dahlia 'Striped Ambition' is quite a rare and unique variety of cactus type Dahlia. It produces stunning, spiky flowerheads that are a lavender pink colour with irregular streaks of deep purple running through the petals. Blooms from midsummer to mid-autu More Information...
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True golden coloured Dahlia's are not the easiest to come by, every year we see 100's of other coloured varieties of which very few come even close to Karma Gold. Shares all the good characteristics of other varieties from the Karma series of Dahlia's, fr More Information...
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Lilium regale is a Chinese lily, and probably the easiest white lily to grow. It bears trumpet-shaped, glistening white flowers flushed with pink, with a heady, memorable perfume. It’s perfect for growing in a mixed sunny border or container display, an More Information...
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Dahlia ' My Love' is a lovely semi-cactus Dahlia with creamy-white flowers radiating out from a greenish yellow heart. The fully double flowers, up to 6 in. wide, feature elongated, pointed petals and rise on sturdy stems. More Information...
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Begonia Picotee Pink has stunning Giant ruffled pink flowers. Each bloom will grow 15-20cm in diameter. These beautiful large flowers put on a stunning display. These are a great choice if you have containers in a shadier spot or for borders. More Information...
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The colouring of this semi-cactus dahlia is fantastic. The base of the rolled 'petals' is golden yellow, but they are infused with apricot-orange, which becomes more pronounced towards the outer edges and tips. A showy dahlia that will add a bit of wow fa More Information...
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Eucomis is a flowering bulbous perennial with a distinctive tuft of leaves above a column of tiny flowers. The leaves are strap-shaped. The flowers come in a range of mostly pastel colours - white, creams, yellows, mauves and pinks. The flowering season i More Information...
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Bartzella' produces layers of fragrant delicate yellow petals that surround a pale-yellow fringed centre. Flowers bloom in early summer and are ideal to use as a cut flower when flower arranging. The flowers also give off a pleasant lemon scent. More Information...
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Large white ruffled blooms, sometimes with a touch of deep pink, above dark green foliage. These heavily scented flowers are so beautiful, from the moment the large round buds form. Then, over many days, layer upon layer of white petals unfold in June a More Information...
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