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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

  • A thoughtful, quick, and easy-to-make gift for gardeners is an herbal scrub. Use a wide-mouthed glass container and fill about 1/2 full of sea salt. Fill container with almond oil, olive oil, or jojoba oil so it covers the salt by about 1 to 1 1/2 inches. Add some drops of essential herbal oil like rosemary or lavender for a relaxing scent, or use essential oils with more energizing properties like lime, grapefruit, or peppermint and seal. Tie a ribbon or raffia around the top and attach an instruction card to use the scrub in the shower after a long day in the garden.