Flower Power Bulbs for Summer

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There is nothing more wonderful or satisfying than a warm garden, full of colour. The secret is to plant a variety of bulbs which will last all season, from spring until late summer.

Bulbs are not just a spring thing; a wide selection of summer flowering bulbs are now available in our Glasshouse next door to Arthurs. Summer-flowering bulbs take up very little space in the garden so you can squeeze a few into the fullest of borders.

For the best displays, a little forward planning is required. Begin to plant summer flowering bulbs, corns and tubers in borders and containers in spring, just as the weather starts to warm up. As a rule of thumb, most bulbs should be planted at 3 times their depth, but there are a few exceptions.

Why not plant yourself a selection of Dahlias, Lilies, Gladioli and Begonias for pots and hanging baskets. There are plenty of summer bulbs to choose from, but if you need some inspiration here are a few of our favourites …

Our Dahlia Hotpicks include:

NEW! Dahlia ‘Red Rock’ and 'Edinburgh'



Dahlia 'Creme De Cassis' and 'Ambition'



Dahlia ‘Mom’s Special’ and ‘Bishop of Llandaff’


Dahlia ‘Sunny Boy’ and ‘Akita’


Dahlia ‘Maniac’ and ‘Fire & Ice’


Dahlia ‘Western Spanish Dancer’ and ‘Tsuki-yori-no-shisha’


Plus, if you are in need of some inspiration on what would look good together, try our 'lovely combinations' packs containing a variety of different tubers that complement each other perfectly.

Glamorous Gladioli...
Modern hybrids have brought these flamboyant summer bulbs bang up to date. These majestic flowers look fabulous at the back of a border - even better in a vase indoors!

For stunning colour take your pick from:

Gladioli ‘Bonfire’ and ‘Princess Frizzle’


Parrot Gladiolus ‘Kiev’ and 'Bocelli'


Gladioli ‘Blue Mountain’


Beautiful Begonias...
Tuberous begonias are the most glamorous bulbs for adding a bright colour accent to shady patios. They produce beautiful flowers over an incredibly long period. These are perfect candidates for a window box or hanging basket.

Our favourites include:

Begonia ‘Aromantics’ (Cascading) and ‘Splendide Alifra’ (Cascading with Double Blooms)


Yellow Begonia and 'Aztec Gold'


Begonia ‘Picotee Lace Apricot’ (Giant Flowers) and ‘Odorata Red Glory’



Our Lovely Lily Collection includes:

Oriental Lilies:
Flamboyant blooms and a sensational fragrance make the oriental lily instantly recognisable, there’s one to suit every garden. The large exotic blooms are surprisingly easy to grow. These stars of the summer border are best grown in containers, waiting in the wings until their big moment. Move them to centre stage as their blooms begin to open.

We particularly love ‘Speciosum Rubrum’ and ‘Tigermoon’ which are great for garden fragrance, and the large striking flowers of ‘Extravaganza’ are sure to ‘wow’ in any garden. If you are looking for a Lily that looks great in a pot try ‘Ladylike’ or ‘Stargazer’.


(Top left: 'Tiger Moon', top right: 'Extravaganza', bottom left: 'Ladylike')

No need to fuss over these fast-growing corms - they will quickly multiply and wander through your borders all on their own. The upright, strap-like foliage, and arching stems tipped with starry flowers in red, orange or yellow, makes Crocosmia an exotic-looking addition to summer borders. The vibrant blooms also make lovely cut flowers for a fiery coloured flower arrangement.
Our favourites: Crocosmia 'Lucifer' and 'Monbretia'.


If you are something for little different try:

Polyanthus ‘The Pearl’ (one the world’s most fragrant flowers)

Liatris ‘Spicata’ (hardy and ideal for cutting) or Freesia (ideal for garden fragrance)


Plus, check out our Blooms, Bees and Butterflies Packs (A mixture of flower bulbs where the flowers produce a lot of nectar. By planting the Blooms, Bees and Butterflies collection you create not only a flowering garden and a haven for pollinating insects, you also contribute in reversing the decline in the bee and butterfly population. You will also be able to enjoy a colourful summer garden!)

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