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10 Excellent Summer Bulbs

Lilies: Plant three to five bulbs together in a clump for a sensational show, or fill big flower pots with lilies and summer annuals. Many varieties are fragrant.

Dahlias: These are the brightest colors in the summer garden. Stake the tall varieties; smaller dahlias have been hybridized specially for window boxes.

Cannas: The tallest, boldest foliage in the garden. The flowers are hummingbird magnets.

Calla lilies: Grow your own bridal bouquet: the creamy white flowers are extraordinarily elegant, but many other colors are available.

Caladiums: Its magnificently variegated leaves, in white, green, and shades of pink, give shady gardens a touch of tropical class.

Elephant’s ears: Great big leaves are especially fun for kids. If you have a lot of them, you can use the leaves as placemats for garden parties.

Eucomis: Their strappy leaves look terrific at the front of a flower bed or in a pot; the bottle-brush flowers have a distinctive, fanciful tuft at the top.

Gloriosa lily: This summer vine climbs a trellis in the garden or in a pot on a patio. The frilly  crimson flowers, edged with yellow, seem to flutter in the air.

Oxalis: Grow your own four-leaf clovers. Most have pink flowers and bloom through the summer at the front of a flower bed.

Tuberous begonias: The silky-petaled flowers are as ruffled as a cowgirl’s petticoat. Great for hanging baskets.
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Gardening Tip of the Day

  • Many novice gardeners make the mistake of sowing long carrots in a heavy clay soil resulting in forked, malformed roots. The trick to growing carrots is selecting varieties best suited for your garden’s particular soil conditions. The long, slender carrots require a soil so deep, smooth, and friable that only a lucky few can grow them successfully year after year.

    Unless you’ve prepared a soil that’s light, loose, and free of all obstructions, select shorter varieties of carrots like ‘Nantes Half Long’, ‘Sweet Treat Hybrid’, ‘Sweet Sunshine’, and ‘Red Cored Chantenay’. If your soil is extremely heavy, try ‘Short ‘n Sweet’, which can grow in just about any soil. These are the best carrots for the patio garden as they can be planted in window boxes or any container at least six inches deep.