Plant these bulbs now to enjoy a flower garden this summer

For a flamboyant garden this summer, early spring is the ideal time to start planting bulbs.

Plant these bulbs now to enjoy a flower garden this summer

For a flamboyant garden this summer, early spring is the ideal time to start planting bulbs.

As winter slowly gives way to spring, savvy gardeners are already anticipating summer blooms by planting bulbs at the end of March and in April. If you are keen on a beautifully decorated garden with lovely colors and an enchanting scent, or beautifully decorated patios, now is a good time to think about which bulbs you are going to plant.

The choice of bulbs is crucial to guarantee successful summer flowering. Spring bulbs such as tulips, hyacinths and daffodils are often planted in the fall for early spring flowering. However, summer bulbs such as dahlias, gladioli, arums, lilies, or even agapanthus can be planted from the end of March, in April, or even until June for summer flowering, generally from June until early fall. Be sure to choose quality bulbs that are firm and free from signs of disease or deterioration.

Here are some tips for a dazzling garden this summer, but also for getting the most out of your bulbs. Before planting, choose the right place. Most summer bulbs require a sunny orientation, except  ranunculus and tuberous begonias which adapt perfectly to shade. Gladioli, dahlias and lilies must be well sheltered from the wind. Start by preparing the soil well to provide the bulbs with the best growing conditions. Make sure the soil is well drained to prevent bulb rot, and add compost or potting soil to improve soil structure and provide essential nutrients. Remove weeds and debris to allow the bulbs to flourish without competition.

Planting depth and spacing vary depending on bulb types. In general, plant bulbs two to three times deeper than their actual size, making sure they are oriented correctly (points up for most bulbs). Respect the recommended distances between bulbs to allow optimal growth. Finally, water generously after planting to help establish roots.

During the growing period, keep the soil moist but not soggy by watering regularly, especially in dry weather. Mulch around the bulbs to help retain moisture and suppress weeds. Remove spent flowers to encourage prolonged blooming and possibly a second bloom. Watch for signs of disease or pests and act quickly if necessary.

Most summer bulbs, such as dahlias, gladioli and lilies, produce stunning flowers that can be cut to create pretty bouquets for the home. For a continuous harvest, pick the flowers as soon as they fully open. Use clean, sharp tools to avoid stem damage and extend the life of cut flowers.

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