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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

  • Everyone knows lawn clippings, dead leaves and vegetable scraps can be tossed on to the compost pile to ultimately become rich organic matter for enhancing garden soil. But did you know there is a long list of other materials that will enhance a compost pile? Try tossing the following organic recyclables onto the compost heap:
    • dryer lint (especially from cotton towels, sheets and clothing)
    • dog or cat fur (great for owners of golden retrievers!)
    • cereal and cracker boxes (take out the wax paper liner, rip cardboard into strips and moisten before adding to compost pile)
    • shredded newspaper
    • ground corn stalks
    • wood chips
    • sawdust
    • rinsed seaweed
    • guinea pig or hamster manure (plus natural-material bedding)
    Never compost dog or cat waste, bones, oil, grease, fat, invasive weeds, wheat with seeds or wood ashes.