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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

  • Don’t prune early spring-flowering woody plants like lilacs, forsythia, winter hazel, weigela, spiraeas and viburnums in the fall. If you do, there will be few if any flowers next spring since you will have pruned off the newer growth with developing flower buds. The general rule of thumb is to wait until the plant is finished flowering to prune.