A colorful garden with summer bulbs

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In beds, pots or in the middle of the lawn, summer bulbs bring color and cheerfulness. Plant them in groups in the spring to enjoy them throughout the summer.

Dahlias , lilies , crocosmias , gladioli , cannas , agapanthus … Summer bulbs take on multiple shapes and colors. All are easy to grow, superb 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 growing in pots, because too much humidity causes the bulbs to rot.

Planting from March to May

Planting summer bulbs should be done in warm soil, after the last frosts. In regions with a mild climate, it can be carried out as early as March; in the others, it is better to wait until the end of April . Plant your bulbs in groups for a spectacular multicolored effect.

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

Before planting, loosen the soil with a spade, remove stones and weeds . Place each bulb in a hole the depth of which is twice its size (10 cm for gladioli and crocosmias ), pointed side up. Replace the soil lightly on top, to facilitate the plant’s emergence from the soil.

In pots and planters, do not overtighten the bulbs. Place your container in the sun and water regularly.

Take advantage of it the following spring

Bulb flowering is variable depending on the species, lasting from two to four weeks for some species, much longer for others, such as dahlias , which remain in bloom until the first fall frosts. It is then time to pull them out, to cut back their stems to 10 cm, to keep them in a dry, frost-free place, in order to be able to replant them the following spring.

For others, like lilies or crocosmias , it’s even simpler, since the bulb can stay in place from year to year.

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