Summer bulbs in the garden, a festival of color

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In flower beds, pots or in the middle of the lawn, summer bulbs bring colour and cheerfulness.

Plant them in clusters in the spring to enjoy them throughout the summer.

Dahlias , lily , crocosmias , gladioli , cannas , agapanthes … Summer bulbs come in many shapes and colours. They are all easy to grow, beautiful in beds, planters and bouquets. Native to South Africa, South America or Australia, they love the sun and tolerate poor soil, provided it is well drained.

If your soil is heavy and clayey, prefer to grow in pots, as too much moisture causes the bulbs to rot.

Planting from March to May

bulbe ete The plantation of summer bulbs should be done in warm soil after the last frost. In regions with a mild climate, it can be done as early as March; in other regions, it is best to wait until the end of the month of April . Plant your bulbs grouped together for a spectacular multicoloured effect.

Mix the varieties, making sure to place the long-stemmed flowers in the background of the smaller species.

Before planting, loosen the soil with a spade, remove rocks and stones, and remove the weeds . Place each bulb in a hole twice as deep as its size (10 cm for the gladioli and the crocosmias ), pointed side up. Place the soil lightly on top, to make it easier for the plant to pull the soil out of the plant.

In pots and planters, don’t squeeze the bulbs too tightly. Place your container in the sun and water regularly.

Enjoy it the following spring

The flowering of the bulbs is variable depending on the species, lasting from two to four weeks for some species, much longer for others, such as the dahlias which remain in bloom until the first autumn frosts. It is then time to pull them up, to cut their stems down to 10 cm, to keep them in a dry, frost-free room, so that they can be replanted the following spring.

For others, such as lily or the crocosmias This is even simpler, since the bulb can remain in place from one year to the next.

L.H.