- Top 10 Autumn and Winter-Flowering Bulbs
- Autumn Flowering Bulbs
- Winter Flowering Bulbs
- Five of the best February-flowering bulbs
- Belladonna Lily or Naked Ladies
- Surprise Lily Makes An Appearance
- Late Summer and Fall-blooming Bulbs
- LANDSCAPING WITH BULBS: BLOOM TIME
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Top 10 Autumn and Winter-Flowering Bulbs
Even as winter takes hold, there are a few tough little winter flowering bulbs that are happy to brave the cold and bring a welcome splash of colour to brighten the darkest days of the year.
For the best displays, a little forward planning is required. Begin to plant autumn and winter flowering bulbs, corms and tubers in borders and containers in spring. As a rule of thumb, most bulbs should be planted at 3 times their depth, but there are a few exceptions so it’s worth checking our planting depth table in our ‘How to grow bulbs’ article.
There are plenty of autumn and winter bulbs to choose from, but if you need some inspiration take a look at our top 10 pick of bulbs that flower in autumn and winter.
Autumn Flowering Bulbs
Crocuses are some of the best known of the autumn bulbs for the garden. These jewels of the autumn force their blooms through the fallen leaves to create a festival of colour, even before their foliage appears. Try the unusual Turkish species, Crocus cancellatus with its stunning blue marbled petals – plant it among silver birch stems for an exquisite colour combination. Autumn crocus can be spoiled by wet weather so plant them beneath trees and shrubs where their brilliant display will be protected from heavy rains.
The striking blooms of these tuberous plants start to open in summer, but are at their best from August to September, bridging gaps in borders as other perennials begin to tire. Dahlias flower in an extraordinary range of rich colours making them useful for creating an exotic effect in hot-coloured borders. They even come in a range of sizes from dwarf dahlias to towering types like Dahlia ‘Blue Wish’ which look fabulous at the back of borders. Impress the neighbours with a dinner plate variety such as Dahlia ‘XXXL Bicolour’ – its giant flowers reach up to 30cm (12″) across!
Perfect for a dramatic end to the season! A bold block of cerise pink nerine flowers make a breathtaking sight on a bright autumn morning. These colourful bulbs save their display until September or even later, while the long strap-like foliage remains intact over winter, unscathed by cold weather. Nerine Lilies are surprisingly easy to establish and Nerine bowdenii is perfectly hardy in the UK, despite its South African origins.
Closely resembling Crocus, Sternbergia make excellent bulbs for autumn colour at the end of the year. Sprinkle them throughout rockeries or plant these hardy bulbs in large naturalised groups for a big impact. Sternbergia lutea bulbs are surprisingly vigorous in the right location and enjoy reasonably poor soils with sharp drainage. Give them a really sunny position where the bulbs can bake in the summer sun.
5. Cyclamen hederifolium
An established carpet of Autumn flowering Cyclamen is a real delight to see. These well loved corms are particularly useful for brightening up those dry shady areas beneath trees, where other plants struggle to grow and make excellent woodland autumn bulbs. Cyclamen hederifolium is the usual choice for autumn flowers. It’s silvery, marbled leaves follow the sugar pink and white blooms, remaining unscathed through winter weather, before dying back for a dormant summer.
6. Gladiolus murielae
Undoubtedly the most elegant autumn flowering bulb you’ll find! Wonderfully fragrant flowers begin to form in late summer on tall, slender stems, and by September this species Gladiolus has really hit its stride. The large white blooms of Gladiolus murielae nod demurely downwards, but cannot hide the striking burgundy blotches at the base of each petal. Enjoy its blooms throughout autumn, but remember to lift the corms as the grassy foliage dies back – these sophisticated beauties have a delicate disposition and prefer to spend winter in a cool, dry shed rather than face the cold outside.
Tuberous Begonias are the most glamorous bulbs for adding a bright colour accent to shady patios. Their beautiful flowers are produced over an incredibly long period, from summer all the way through to the first frosts in November. These are perfect candidates for a window box or hanging basket – choose a fragrant variety such as Begonia ‘Fragrant Falls’ to hang close to doorways where you can appreciate them at their best.
Winter Flowering Bulbs
8. Cyclamen coum
Cyclamen coum takes up the mantel from its autumn flowering cousin Cyclamen hederifolium. Braving the cold winter weather as early as January, the pretty pink blooms emerge ahead of the foliage which later forms a carpet of silver-marbled leaves. Whilst C. hederifolium prefers dry shade, Cyclamen coum enjoys a damper soil, thriving in moist shade beneath trees and associating beautifully with snowdrops.
This classic winter bulb has endless appeal. With so many different species and varieties to choose from, the snowdrop has gained almost fanatical popularity and galanthophiles pay enormous sums for a single bulb. But you don’t need to break the bank to enjoy these winter beauties. Try the Galanthus elwesii, the giant, honey-scented snowdrop or Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’, the double flowered variety. For natural looking drifts, gently cast the bulbs across the planting area and plant them exactly where they land.
10. Winter Aconite
These cheery winter aconite bulbs produce golden, cup-shaped flowers surrounded by a green collar of leaves – just like buttercups in the depths of winter! Not for the tidy gardener – Winter Aconites almost demand to be grown in bold natural drifts where they can be left undisturbed to die back naturally in spring. They love a moist soil and a shady position, so they’re perfect for under-planting among woodland trees.
Five of the best February-flowering bulbs
Bulbs are often viewed as spring plants, but there are plenty of February flowering bulbs, bringing some early colour.
There are many ways you can plant them, too. Snowdrops can be used to beautiful effect in mossy snowdrop pots. But they’ll look equally good planted in drifts alongside other flowers like winter aconites, providing a winter nectar treat for bees.
Other winter flowering bulbs like early daffodils and Cyclamen coum are ideal for naturalising in grass.
Discover our pick of the top five February flowering bulbs, below.
Snowdrops (galanthus) are one of the earliest bulbs to flower, and look particularly spectacular when planted in drifts. 1
There are many different species and varieties of crocus to choose from. Most crocuses have beautiful, purple flowers, though there are also orange or white varieties to grow, like ‘Jeanne D’Arc’.
A swathe of crocus ‘Whitewell Purple’ 2
Not to be confused with largely summer-flowering bearded irises, Iris reticulata produces a more refined flower, without compromising on colour. The deep violet blooms are splashed with yellow and white, serving as an eye-catching landing pad for bees and other pollinators.
Elegant purple-blue Iris reticulata 3
To ensure you have plenty of bold daffodil blooms to enjoy in February, go for early-flowering varieties like ‘February Gold’ or ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’. As an alternative to planting the bulbs in the ground, you could try creating a container display with primulas and the black, grass-like perennial Ophiopogon.
Bright-yellow daffodils in front of a red brick wall 4
Snowdrops (Galanthus) are one of the earliest bulbs to flower, and look particularly spectacular when planted in drifts. The scented blooms make pretty cut flowers, too. Don’t forget to increase your stock of snowdrops by lifting and dividing the clumps, after flowering has finished.
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These shade-loving perennials produce delicate pink, purple and white blooms from January to March, so they’re ideal February flowering bulbs. Grow Cyclamen coum in a humus-rich soil and provide with a good mulch of well-rotted manure to protect from summer heat and winter cold.
Pink flowers and silvery-green marbled foliage of cyclamen
Naturalise bulbs in grass
Many late winter bulbs, including snowdrops and crocus, look stunning when left to naturalise in grass. Plant them under a deciduous tree for example, where they will form a carpet of colour.
Jasmine (Jasminum sp.)
Jasmine typically blooms in the spring through fall, but it also can bloom in winter, and is often sold in stores during the winter months in bloom. If you want to produce winter blossoms in your home, you will need to give your jasmine a period of rest in the fall. Nights should be dark, as any light—like streetlights or indoor lights—can affect this. Once it blooms, prune it back quite heavily, which in general is a good practice since jasmine has a tendency to grow unwieldy.
Anthurium (Anthurium sp.)
Anthurium is native to Colombia and Ecuador, and is primarily an epiphytic species growing in moist, humid conditions. The inflorescence grows on a spike emerging from what some would consider the flower, but its really a palette-shaped spathe—often in the hue of red and pink, but you can also find them in white, orange and green.
Begonia (Begonia sp.)
Begonias come in a variety of species and though they all have showy, pink flowers that bloom in winter, most people get Begonias for their leaves, which come in all different shapes and colors.
Desert Rose (Adenium sp.)
Desert Roses have bright, showy flowers that are quite spectacular. They can bloom any time, but I’ve found that mine bloom through the winter. Shortly after, the plant can become pretty bare, dropping leaves, until there is new regrowth in the summer months. This past year, I placed my Desert Rose outdoors during the summer and it began sprouting plenty of new leaves. Once the temperature started to drop, I brought it indoors and two beautiful flowers began to emerge.
Lipstick Plant (Aeschynanthus radicans)
Lipstick plants in the home often like to be in a partially shady area. Since these were originally epiphytic plants, the best soil would be a mixture of sphagnum and potting soil. The plants prefer a warm, humid environment with some decent light. This mimics more of their native environment, tucked away in some damp forests. To encourage buds, keep them at 65° to 70°F, though in winter, they can definitely be cooler and drier. After they flower, it’s suggested to prune their stems back to a height of 6″ to encourage new growth.
Bleeding Heart Vine (Clerodendrum x speciosum)
This is a beautiful climber, often called either Bleeding Heart Vine or Pagoda Flower. When given partial or full sun, it’ll toss out some showy pink buds that will last for several months.
Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana sp.)
The blossoming Kalanchoe is a favorite plant sold in stores around wintertime, featuring blooms of all different hues—red, yellow, pink and orange. They are probably one of the most affordable flowering plants but can quickly look scraggly after they bloom. The key is dead-heading them after their bloom and chances are they’ll bloom again shortly thereafter.
Cyclamen (Cyclamen sp.)
These plants are native to the Mediterranean and typically bloom from December through April. Most people toss away the plant after it blooms because it tends to lose all of its leaves. Don’t do this! The plant is only going dormant. Water it now and again during this period and as soon as cool temperatures start up again in the fall, the plant will begin to revive again with regular watering.
Amarylis (Amarylis sp.)
Amarylis bulbs will bloom year after year if you repot per the specifications of the plant. Flowers will start to appear around 6 weeks after and if you want to extend the life of the showy flowers, all you need to do is snip off the stamens. After flowering, slice off the flower stalk a few inches above the bulb but keep the leaves. You can keep the plant growing by giving it a regular fertilizing schedule and good moisture. In around October, remove the bulb from its soil home and let it sit in a cool, dry place for two months before replanting.
African Violet (Saintpaulia ionantha)
African violets are one of the easier flowering plants to grow, particularly because they adjust well to the drier air that is often found indoors. I have mine close to a north-facing window, which it seems to do well in. They like sunnier locations, but a south-facing window would be far too hot for them. These are relatively compact plants, but you can also find some trailing varieties.
Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera truncata)
My mother had beautiful Christmas cacti in her home, and these reliable bloomers are easy to come by, particularly in the winter months. There is a secret to good bud production, which involves temperature and light control. In the daytime, the plant prefers bright light and night temperatures should fall between 55° and 65° F. You’ll want long nights starting in September—around 13 hours or more of continuous darkness—all before this plant flowers.
Hawaiian Wedding Vine (Marsdenia floribunda)
M. floribunda is a popular plant for weddings, as it name suggests. It has long tubular white flowers that have a fragrance very similar to jasmine. It’s often sold while its blooming because indoors, it is hard to get it to bloom year-after-year. Don’t let this plant slip below 59°F. It likes to be kept in a sunny spot, but with no strong afternoon sun.
String-of-Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)
This beautiful succulent is a member of the Asteracea family and prefers well-drained soil for succulents. It doesn’t mind being in slightly cooler conditions in the winter, around 50°F, but I keep my plant near a drafty window and it still puts out great flowers. It’s not atypical for these plants to die back after a few years, so if you see signs of that, just make a cutting and restart the plant.
Crown-of-Thorns (Euphorbia milii)
The Crown-of-Thorns gets its name from its thorny stems. The plant also exudes a poisonous white latex when broken, which you should try to avoid getting on your skin. Cuttings are made at the tip, and the flowers of this plant, much like the Poinsettia and the Anthurium, are relatively inconspicuous but are surrounded by petal-like bracts—often in red or yellow hues.
Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)
The Poinsettia’s flowers are actually the inconspicuous little yellow buds that are subtended by the red, white or pink bracts. These plants are often tossed after the holidays, but you can continue having the Poinsettia around your house. If you take care of it, it may even turn into a shrub. The key to taking care of this plant is to keep it warm. It hates drafts. And it needs to be in a sunny area, but kept away from too much hot afternoon sun.
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Belladonna Lily or Naked Ladies
This unique lily is a favorite of many gardeners. Its bulb and sap are somewhat poisonous, so don’t taste them. It’s hardy only from Zone 8 south, so has to be lifted and saved like a dahlia in colder climates. But believe me, it’s worth the trouble.
In spring, amaryllis-like leaves appear and die down. Then in mid to late summer, several thin but strong stems arise, each with a cluster of buds. In no time, you have a big bouquet of 4′ pink lilies in full bloom. They’re ‘Naked Ladies’ since they bloom on leafless stalks. But that brings us to their unique usefulness.
You know how your garden looks in mid and late summer. Most of the big glamour is gone, and everything is looking tired and hot. Well, beautiful Belladonnas love just that situation–hot dry weather–and they bloom to liven the late season show. Their leafless stems, and the fact that they’re perfectly happy in partial shade, make them great for planting among hostas, daylilies, violets, hardy geraniums or anything else that has nice foliage all summer long. They’ll just bloom up through the ground-covering foliage, and everyone will think you’re a master gardener.
About the Belladonna Lily and its names. This plant is an interesting one. First of all, it’s real name is Amaryllis belladonna, and it’s the only species in the amaryllis genus. This means the Belladonna is the ‘true’ Amaryllis. All those big indoor-blooming things at holiday time are called ‘Amaryllis’ as a common name, but their botanical name is Hippeastrum.
And there’s more. The Belladonna is a wildflower in South Africa, but it’s also associated with the Isle of Jersey in the English Channel Islands. The Belladonna Lily is often called The Jersey Lily because of a famous painting of the very famous and beautiful English actress, Lily Langtry, holding the flower. The artist titled the painting ‘A Jersey Lily’ referring to Miss Langtry who was from the island. She and this painting became so famous, the name for the flower just ‘stuck.’ So in England, the Belladonna is often known as the ‘Jersey Lily’.
And if you enjoy botanical confusion, there’s even more. This plant is called ‘Naked Ladies’ for an obvious reason–the summer flowers are leafless on ‘naked’ stems. Well, several other plants have the same blooming habit, (Example: Lycoris) and have been given the same nickname, ‘Naked Ladies’ or ‘Naked Lady.’ Isn’t gardening fun?
Belladonna Lily, Naked Ladies
Bag of 1
Wide green blades die back before flowers appear.
Mid to late summer
1-3 bulbs per sq. ft. or 8-12″ apart
Plant 4″ deep.
Average, Well Draining
Easy To Grow, Deer Resistant, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Containers, Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Perennial in zones 7-10. Annual in zones 3-6.
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested. Toxic to dog and cats.
Spring / Summer
Surprise Lily Makes An Appearance
Ask the Expert: I may have old world day lily. The plant foliage comes up in spring and looks similar to daffodil, but larger. Leaves die back during July. After the leaves die, stem grows out of ground to the height of 3 ft. Each stem produces lily-like flowers 6 to each stem at the top of the stem in a circle. They are white at edges pink at center. Six petals to each flower and delicate day lily look. If you have a clue let me know i will give more info. Donna
Plant Expert Reply:
Surprise Lily (Lycoris squamigera)
I believe you have, what we call in the mid-south, a surprise lily. So named because it seems overnight to pop up a bloom stalk with blooms and no appearance of leaves. Surprise lilies (Lycoris squamigera) are sometimes called naked lily, resurrection lily, magic lily, mystery lily, hardy amaryllis, or Guernsey lily. They come from a bulb and can be planted right under sod.
Nerine Bowdenii Spider Lily
Another possibility is the Spider Lily (Nerine bowdenii) which is in the same family, Amaryllidaceae, as Lycoris.
In fact, the common names for each are often assigned to the other one as well. For example Nerine is sometimes called surprise lily, Guernsey lily and are produced from a bulb just like Lycoris.
Each type of lily comes in a range of colors from white to purple and even a reddish color. They like full sun to partial shade, but full sun produces the best blooming. Once planted they will come up year after year without much care.
In my area, we call this a homestead plant. Many old homesteads have this flowering blooming in their yards.
For more information about the Lycoris squamigera, check out Floridata surprise lily page.
For more information about the Nerine bowdenii, check out Pacific Bulb Society Nerine page.
If your flower looks different, send me a picture and we will try to make a different identification.
Late Summer and Fall-blooming Bulbs
Spring-flowering bulbs, such as tulips and daffodils, are familiar to all gardeners. Though not widely planted, the attractive flowers and unique life cycles of the colchicum, showy crocus, and magic lily make them welcome additions to the garden.
Colchicums (Colchicum spp.) arise from bulb-like corms. The leaves of most colchicums emerge in early spring and die back by early summer. White to pink to purple crocus-like flowers appear without foliage in late summer or fall. They also are known as autumn crocuses.
Colchicums should be planted immediately upon receipt in late summer or early fall. (If not planted immediately, the corms often bloom during storage.) Plant the corms in well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade. Good planting sites include naturalized areas under the filtered shade of large trees and shrubs, in rock gardens, or amongst low-growing groundcovers such as sedum. For the best visual display, plant colchicums in clumps. The corms should be planted 2 to 3 inches deep and 6 inches apart.
Gardeners can choose from several excellent cultivars. ‘Album’ produces pure white flowers. ‘Alboplenum’ has double, white flowers. The flowers of ‘The Giant’ are 10 to 12 inches tall and violet with a white throat. ‘Lilac Wonder’ bears large, rosy-purple flowers. ‘Waterlily’ produces double, lilac-pink flowers that resemble a water lily.
Colchicums are native to Europe and northern Africa. The scientific name comes from Colchis, an ancient country bordering on the Black Sea, now part of the Georgian Republic, where colchicums are abundant.
The dried corms and seeds of Colchicum autumnale are the source of medicinal colchicum. It is also the source of colchicine, which is used in plant breeding to induce polyploids.
Another attractive fall-blooming bulb (actually a bulb-like corm) is showy crocus (Crocus speciosus). Flowers are violet-blue with yellow anthers and deep orange stigmas. Plant height is approximately 5 to 6 inches. Excellent cultivars include ‘Albus,’ which produces white flowers, ‘Cassiope’ has aster-blue flowers with yellow bases, ‘Conqueror’ produces clear, deep blue flowers, and ‘Oxonian’ has large, dark blue flowers. Showy crocus blooms in late September or October.
Showy crocus performs best in partial to full sun in a well-drained soil. Possible planting sites include rock gardens, naturalized areas, and perennial borders. Plant the corms 3 to 4 inches deep in groups of 25 or more.
Another intriguing plant is Lycoris squamigera. Common names include magic lily, resurrection lily, surprise lily, and naked lady. The life cycle of Lycoris squamigera is similar to most colchicums. The long, strap-shaped leaves emerge in the spring, but die back to the ground by early summer. Pink, lily-like flowers are borne on 18- to 24-inch-tall, leafless, flower stalks in mid to late summer. Each flower stalk produces 4 to 12 flowers.
Lycoris squamigera performs best in partial shade to full sun in well-drained soils. Plant bulbs 4 to 5 inches deep and 6 to 8 inches apart. Since the dying foliage is rather unsightly, interplant the magic lily with other perennials.
The brightly colored flowers of tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and other spring-flowering bulbs are a beautiful sight in the garden after a long, dreary winter. However, when selecting bulbs for the garden don’t forget the attractive, intriguing, late summer and fall-blooming bulbs.
This article originally appeared in the 7/30/2004 issue.
LANDSCAPING WITH BULBS: BLOOM TIME
Spend time planning before planting bulbs in your landscape. Sketch the plan on graph paper before purchasing bulbs. This advance planning will assure that the proper number of bulbs are purchased. Since the foliage of spring blooming bulbs dies by early summer, this plan will provide a record of where the bulbs are planted in case annuals or perennials are mixed in later.
As you develop this plan, keep in mind that bulbs bloom at different times. Some spring bulbs have overlapping bloom periods, but they still maintain the order in which they bloom. Spring bulbs will bloom from early February to mid June. Summer bulbs will bloom from early summer to fall.
Following is a general idea of various flowers bloom sequence: These bloom cycles are for general reference. The following sequence depends a great deal on the weather in your area as well as the variety of bulbs you plant. To see a sample of the bulbs that grow during each bloom cycle use our filters on the web site to sort by bloom time.
You likely know which bulbs are planted in fall, and which to plant in spring. But by doing a bit of bloom-time planning, you’ll achieve a nonstop display of colour from early spring through summer – just by using easy-to-care-for bulbs!
Very early spring:
Early spring bulbs like Snowdrops: Snowdrops, or Galanthus, are often the first spring flowers to appear in season – and they’re a great choice for areas that stay cool a bit later in the year. These short-statured plants with small white blooms are incredibly hardy, and most flower before the last day of winter!
Snow crocus: The early-blooming varieties within the Crocus genus produces small flowers, with a longer blooming season, than giant crocuses. They’ll start blooming in late winter, and can flower in colours of pink, purple, yellow, white, or even blue, depending on variety.
Winter aconite: Imagine a golden floral carpet replacing your winter snow cover! That’s very nearly what you’ll get from these early-blooming yellow flowers. Winter aconite offers great coverage for bare flowerbeds in early spring. The leaves are very attractive as well!
Early snow glories: Glory-of-the-snow, or Chionodoxa, are another “northern” plant that can actually perform well in both northern and temperate climates. These fabulous blue star-shaped flowers are among the earliest spring flowers you’ll see each year. They’re also great for naturalizing in yards or flower beds!
Dwarf iris mixture: Some varieties of Dutch irises bloom extra early – usually low-growing dwarf irises! Try a mixture of dwarf irises, such as this one from Breck’s. They’ll grow year after year and offer early-spring ground cover well before the larger bearded iris bloom.
Grecian Windflower: Grecian windflowers, a daisy-shaped species of anemone, bloom in shades of pink, blue, violet and white in early spring. These perennials make a nice, low-growing groundcover.
Giant crocus: Just like smaller species crocuses, giant crocus are great for naturalizing. Plant a drift of giant Dutch crocuses of a single colour, or mix colours for a more natural effect. Their larger flowers (usually 4″ to 6″ in height) provide a lovely, low-growing pop of brightness.
Trumpet daffodils: Trumpet daffodils are the classic daffodils, with cups longer than their petals. They feature a single flower per stem and are very hardy – and bloom soon after the snow melts!
Hyacinths: Jewel-toned hyacinth flowers bloom in dense spikes and are among the brightest colours you’ll see in early spring. They’re often associated with Easter celebrations, and some gardeners “force” the bulbs to bloom in indoor pots for spring decor.
Early tulips: Dwarf tulips, such as the Wild Blue Heart tulip, are low-growing species that flower in early spring. Emperor tulips, or Fosteriana tulips, also bloom early in the season. Fosteriana varieties feature large-brightly-coloured cups on stocky stems.
Tulips: Mid-season-blooming tulips include jumbo varieties, classic apeldoorn tulips Triumph and Darwin tulips. Many of these tulips make up the traditional Dutch tulip fields, and are great for planting in large, multicoloured drifts. Darwin and Triumph tulips are hybrids bred for exceptionally long bloom times – they may last for a month or longer!
Daffodils: Giant daffodils, as well as large-cupped and small cupped daffs, bloom in mid-spring. Large-cupped daffodil cultivars feature a cup longer than one-third the length of their petals, but not as long as a trumpet daffodil’s. Small-cupped daffodils have (you guessed it!) smaller coronas.
Blue grape hyacinths: Blue muscari blooms a bit later, and a bit longer, than standard grape hyacinths. The unique colour of blue grape hyacinths really stands out among other mid-spring flowers, and their low habit – growing 6″ to 8″ – means they pair well with taller flowers.
Late season tulips : Late-blooming tulips include some of the fanciest and frilliest flowers: ruffled parrot tulips, peony-flowering double tulips, and some late Triumph varieties. The bright colours of these unusual late spring flowers will put you in the mood for summer.
English blue bells: English blue bells bring a magical, fairy forest feeling to your garden. These low-growing blue flowers work well in shade, and they naturalize very quickly. Perfect for a cottage garden!
English wood hyacinth: Sometimes called Spanish bluebells, these plants produce spouts of dangling, bell-shaped flowers. Plant in patches or along the back of a bed to add a bit of mid-height interest. They’re very deer-resistant, too!
Golden Bells daffodils:A unique species daffodil with large golden cups, the Golden Bells daffodil will add plenty of spring colour to your walkway or rock garden. These daffs have a low-growing habit, and perform wonderfully as a carpet or ground cover.
Asiatic lilies: Asiatic lilies are the earliest bloomers of the lilium family, and the easiest to care for! Several types of asiatics – from single-bloom standards to short and spunky border lilies to multicoloured tango lilies – are available to bring your spring garden into bloom.
Dutch Iris: Among the most popular perennials in the late-spring set, bearded Dutch irises grow in a vast variety of colours – and it seems new varieties become available every season! Dutch irises grow from rhizomes, and come back year after year. They’re a great “stand alone” planting, or can be mixed with other tall flowers for a garden with heightened style.
Alliums: Another high-rising late-spring bloom, alliums feature a single star-shaped or “pom-pom” bloom per stem. These whimsical spring flowers can be a bit tough to find at big-box stores, but they’re worth ordering online or by mail!
Hardy gladiolus: The corms, or roots, of hardy glads are a bit less tender than those of traditional gladiolus plants – so, they can be planted in fall in zones 5 and warmer. Glads grow large spikes of big, brilliant flowers, and hardy glads are so easy to grow!
Mountain bells: Mountain bells are actually a low-growing allium variety. Perfect for borders or rock gardens, these short plants sprout hundreds of yellow, white and purple flowers every spring. Just like tall alliums, mountain bells are very resistant to deer and other animals!
Anemone: It’s hard to resist the cute, stocky spring flowers of Ranunculaceae, or anemone plants. They’re quite hardy and can be planted in fall. In spring, you’ll see prolific blooms in shades of red, blue, violet or white. Some anemone varieties look similar to poppies – making them perfect for the poppy-loving gardener who wants a carefree plant! Others have small, daisy-like flowers. Anemones are sometimes called windflowers.
Japanese iris: Beardless irises bloom alongside their bearded cousins in late spring. Iris ensata, or Japanese iris, along with Louisiana and Siberian iris species, are low to the ground, and feature fluid-looking, butterfly-shaped petals. These relaxed flowers add a touch of elegance to any bed or planting.
Lavender mountain lilies: Lavender mountain lilies, ixiolirion tataricum, provide of a mass of fragrant violent-blue flowers. Plant these in fall for a shot of lavender colour in spring! Lavender mountain lilies perform well in bunches, whether planted in a bed, rock garden or border.
Daylilies: Daylilies bloom at the same time as Dutch irises – and just like irises, there are hundreds of cultivars in dozens of colours, shapes and textures! You’ll find daylilies (Hemerocallis) in shades ranging from classic red to pastel pink to neon green. Look for candy-coloured daylilies with beautifully-hued centers or piped edges. Try short dwarf daylilies, or big and bold double-flowering varieties. Many daylilies are the “reblooming” sort, meaning that you’ll get a second round of flowers later in the season.
Oriental Lilies: These fragrant lilies bloom near summertime, and include such classic flowers as tiger lilies, stargazers and, of course, the standard white Oriental lily. Try staggering Oriental lilies with earlier-blooming Asiatic lilies for a nonstop show running from late spring through early summer!
Gladiolus: Glads bloom just at that point of late spring when the weather turn toward the tropical. These big and beautiful flower spikes work well when arranged in a variety of colours – bright Glamini glads have become particularly popular.
Dahlias: From miniature dahlias to oversized “dinnerplate” types, dahlias have taken over American gardens in recent years. Dahlia tubers are planted in the spring, and bloom in summer. These high-impact flowers grow in a rainbow of colours, and, increasingly, you’ll find massive flowers with amazing patterns. A great way to add a touch of whimsy to your garden!
Begonias: Begonias are one of those quintissentially “summertime” flowers. Hardy begonias, unlike the annual begonias sold in many garden centers, will bloom year after year, and many constantly-blooming varieties will flower for several weeks or months. Try cascading begonias for the perfect hanging basket, or plant frilly double-blooming begonias to add texture to a bed.
Canna: Cannas bloom in August or even September in some regions – making them excellent fillers for the post-July fade that may happen with other flowers.Canna’s tall stems sprout vivid, tropical flowers, and their foliage is glossy, too. They’re a great way to wind down the growing season!
Crocosmia: Don’t let their short stature fool you: fiery crocosmia flowers have a big impact in the garden. These red- or orange-coloured blooms add a lovely pop of energy to beds or borders, and their presence won’t go unnoticed by butterflies and hummingbirds!
When to Plant Flowering Bulbs for Summer
The best time to plant lilies in Zone 7 and warmer is when you receive them, provided the ground is not frozen and the soil is well drained.
Adequate water is essential to help the new bulbs take root. The Fiskars Easy-Pour Watering Can is lightweight and has dual handles which makes it easy to use when spot watering new plantings of bulbs or perennials.
Even though they bloom in summer, Alliums (ornamental onions) should be planted in the fall when they are dormant, before the ground freezes.
Plant them at a depth that is three times the width of the bulb and site them in full sun in a well-drained soil. If they are actively growing in containers and you plant them during the growing season, dig a hole that is equal to the size of the container they are growing in.
Allium christophii (the large flowers are stunning) and Allium giganteum , are both ideal for tucking into the perennial garden where they add a touch of drama in summer.
One allium that grows happily in more southern climates is Allium ‘Millenium’ a hybrid that produces rosy-purple flower heads in late summer. Combine it with lambs ear plants. This small bulb is perfect for edging or the front of a perennial planting.
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- Silver Spring Allium (Ornamental Onion)
- Centannees Butterfly Daffodil
- Mariposa Lily
- Blue Danube Camas Lily
- Blue Pearl Crocus
- Cream Beauty Crocus
- Prins Claus Crocus
- Petrel Daffodil
- Purple Pride Darwin Tulip
- Early Spring Showstopper Bulb Mix
- Flora Pleno Snowdrops
- Spanish Bluebells (Blue Wood Hyacinth)
- Brackenhurst Large Cupped Daffodil
- Professor Einstein Large Cupped Daffodil
- Slim Whitman Large Cupped Daffodil
- Prototype Miniature Daffodil
- Tete-a-Tete White Miniature Daffodil
- Peppermint Grape Hyacinth
- Jamestown Small Cupped Daffodil
- Tropical Sunset Trumpet Daffodil
- Polychrome Wildflower Tulip
- Sylvestris Wildflower Tulip
- Blue Eyed Tulip
- Red Hunter Wildflower Tulip
- Pasadena Amaryllis
- Iris germanica City Lights
- Iris germanica Edith Wolford
- Iris germanica Invitation
- Jurassic Park Bearded Iris
- Iris germanica Teamwork
- The President Canna Lily Bulbs
- Wyoming Large Flowering Canna Lily
- Snow Country Decorative Dinnerplate Dahlia
- Pastel Gladiolus Bulbs Mix
- Pink Wild Martagon Lily
- Classic Poeme Peony Flowering Dahlia
- Fragrant Daffodil Mix
- Daydream Darwin Tulip
- Rosy Delight Darwin Tulip
- Cynthia Lady Tulip
- Lady Jane Candlestick Tulip
- Oxford Darwin Tulip
- Little Princess Wildflower Tulip
- Little Beauty Wildflower Tulip
- Lilac Wonder Wildflower Tulip
- Persian Pearl Wildflower Tulip
- Tangerine Beauty Wildflower Tulip
- Tarda Wildflower Tulip
- Red Gem Wildflower Tulip
- Dark Eyes Grape Hyacinth
- Grape Hyacinth
- Harmony Specie Iris (Mini Iris)
- Katharine Hodgkin Specie Iris (Mini Iris)
- George Specie Iris (Mini Iris)
- Charlotte Bishop Spring Starflower
- Alberto Castillo Spring Starflower
- Jessie Spring Starflower
- Snake’s Head Fritillary
- Zwanenburg Bronze Crocus
- Spring Beauty Snow Crocus
- Shogun Wildflower Tulip
- Pickwick Dutch Crocus
- Tommasini’s Ruby Giant Crocus
- 60 Days Of Daffodils Mix
- Golden Bunch Ankara Crocus
- Advance Wild Crocus
- New Baby Miniature Daffodil
- Tete-a-Tete Miniature Daffodil
- Quail Daffodil
- Primeur Trumpet Daffodil
- Fortissimo Large Cupped Daffodil
- Summer Drummer Allium
- Mount Everest Allium
- Drumstick Allium
- Purple Sensation Allium
- Pink Allium
- Jeannine Yellow Allium
- Ambassador Allium
- True Blue Allium
- Saffron Crocus
- Yellow Martagon Lily
- Blue Moon Triumph Tulip Mix
- Bronze Charm Wildflower Tulip
- Mascotte Fringed Tulip
- Cotton Candy Grape Hyacinth
- Early Fantasy Crown Imperial
- Sunlover Double Late Tulip
- Red Riding Hood Rock Garden Tulip
- Casa Grande Rock Garden Tulip
- Tete Boucle Double Daffodil
- Golden Fragrance Grape Hyacinth
- Violet Beauty Allium
- Allium rosenbachianum
- Tubergen’s Gem Candlestick Tulip
- Hardy Asiatic Lily Bulb Mix
- Fragrant Oriental Lily Mix
- Dwarf Specie Iris Mix (Mini Iris)
- Dark Blue Specie Iris (Mini Iris)
- Miss Saigon Hyacinth
- Hyacinth Delft Blue Mix
- Cheerfulness Double Daffodil
- Golden Ducat Double Daffodil
- Gigantic Star Large Cupped Daffodil
- Blue Moon Dutch Crocus Mix
- Remembrance Dutch Crocus
- Mediterranean Bells
- Yellow Spider Lily
- Amethyst Meadow Squill
- Tiger Dutch Iris Mix
- Tequila Sunrise Darwin Tulip Mix
- Wand Flower Mix
- Day Dream Large Cupped Daffodil
- Siberian Squill
- Mount Hood Trumpet Daffodil
- Eternal Flame Double Late Tulip
- Yellow Specie Iris (Mini Iris)
- Star Of Persia Allium
- Red Emperor Tulip
- Beauty of Spring Darwin Tulip
- Snow Crocus Mix
- The Poet’s Daffodil
- Woodstock Hyacinth
- Yellow Crown Imperial
- Red Crown Imperial
- Thalia Daffodil
- Dutch Crocus Mix
- Camas Lily
- Giant Allium
- Wood Hyacinth Mix (Spanish Bluebells)
- Orangery Butterfly Daffodil
- Large Cupped Daffodil Mix
- Easter Joy Hyacinth Mix
- Lebanon Squill
- Wildflower Tulip Mix
- Pink Pearl Hyacinth
- Carnegie Hyacinth
- Yellow Mammoth Dutch Crocus
- Orange Monarch Snow Crocus
- Tricolor Snow Crocus
- Delft Blue Grape Hyacinth Mix
- Blue Jacket Hyacinth
- Rainbow Fireworks Allium Mix
- Trepolo Butterfly Daffodil
- Blue Giant Glory Of The Snow
- White Grape Hyacinth
- Globemaster Allium
- Orange Bugle Lily
- Red Spider Lily
- Holland Sensation Trumpet Daffodil
- Retro Emperor Tulip Mix
- Double Late Tulip Mix
- Gladiator Allium
- Fire Dragon Canna Lily
- Cinderella Pink Tuberose (Polianthes)
- His Majesty Crocosmia
- Black Pearl Asiatic Lily
- Chinese Lantern Lily (Sandersonia)
- Robert Swanson Oriental Trumpet Lily
- Peter Pears Gladiolus
- Nashville Calla Lily
- Fata Morgana Double Asiatic Lily
- Tridex Asiatic Lily
- Serene Angel Double Oriental Lily
- Traderhorn Gladiolus
- Dark Horse Semi-Cactus Dinnerplate Dahlia
- Allure Calla Lily
- Parkland Glory Dinnerplate Dahlia
- Red Hot Oriental Trumpet Lily
- Raven Gladiolus
- Purple Flora Gladiolus
- Rosita Canna Lily
- Black Beauty Tiger Lily
- Anneke Calla Lily
- Cactus Dahlia Mix
- Trogon Asiatic Lily
- Sights of Summer Semi-Dinnerplate Dahlia
- Alauna Clair-Obscur Fimbriata Dahlia
- Tropicanna® Canna Lily
- Elvira Hardy Gladiolus
- Brunello Asiatic Lily
- Tropicanna® Gold Canna Lily
- Classic Rosamunde Peony Flowering Dahlia
- Best of the Best Oriental Lily Mix
- Galaxy Calla Lily
- Tropicanna® Black Canna Lily
- Pretoria Canna Lily
- Australia Canna Lily
- Dizzy Oriental Lily
- Black Forest Calla Lily
- Orange Magic Canna Lily
- Pink Magic Canna Lily
- Cobra Lily (Chasamanthe)
- Banana Punch Canna Lily
- Russian Morning Wild Martagon Lily
- French Anemone De Caen Mix
- Magny Course Oriental Lily
- Pink Crinum Lily
- Minerva Amaryllis Kit – Plastic Pot
- Red Lion Amaryllis Kit – Plastic Pot
- Susan Amaryllis
- Showmaster Amaryllis
- Naranja Amaryllis
- Splash Amaryllis
- Samba Amaryllis
- Minerva Amaryllis Kit
- Christmas Gift Amaryllis Kit
Plant Spring Bulbs for Upcoming Summer and Fall Beauty
After the fear of frost, spring is the best time to plant the Southern Living® Collection’ssummer and fall blooming Spring Bulbs.
The Southern Living® Plant Collection groups bulbs according to their planting season. Spring Bulbs are planted in spring and bloom in summer and fall. In spring, these bulbs begin their growing season and growth cycle.
First, the bulb focuses on sending out new foliage in late spring or summer.
The foliage helps provide the nutrients needed for new blooms in summer or fall. In winter, the bulbs go dormant and then the cycle begins again in spring. Plant these summer and fall blooming Spring Bulbs now to enjoy timeless beauty later.
‘Ellen Bosanquet’ Crinum Lily blooms dark pink trumpet flowers 2 – 3 times beginning in mid summer.
Habranthus Pink Rain Lily blooms white and pink flowers 4 – 6 times throughout summer.
Hardy Amaryllis blooms red flowers with white stripes late spring to early summer.
Pink Crinum Lily blooms soft pink trumpet flowers 2 – 3 times from late spring through summer and multiplies year after year.
White Crinum Lily blooms white trumpet flowers 2 – 3 times from late spring through summer and multiplies year after year.
Zephyranthes Pink Rain Lily blooms large bright pink flowers 3 – 4 times summer through fall.
Bulb Planting and Care Instructions:
To plant bulbs, space holes 8 – 13 inches apart and dig 3 times deeper than the length of the bulb. Bury bulbs with the tip facing upwards and gently pat with soil. Bulbs like to be dry during their dormancy period. You can either leave the bulbs in the ground and select a location that will keep the bulbs dry or dig up the bulbs, store them in a well ventilated container, and then replant in their respective planting season. Add a layer of mulch to the bulbs’ soil to protect them from extreme weather conditions and temperature variations. Fertilize bulbs immediately before or at the beginning of flowering. Since bulbs multiply from the parent bulb over time, you will eventually need to dig up and replant areas that become over crowded as over-crowding causes poor ventilation, a decrease in flower size, and uneven growth.