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