What bulbs can I plant that will bloom into flowers this summer/fall 2010 - Knowledgebase Question

Detroit, Mi
Question by boldensherr
April 7, 2010
What bulbs can I plant that will bloom beautiful flowers for early summer of this year through fall this year. I'm looking for something that will grow in partial sun, mostly shadey arears but will be really pretty with colors.

Answer from NGA
April 7, 2010


Most commonly grown summer and fall blooming bulbs need full sunshine but a few will grow in shade or partly shaded sites. Among those are:
Peacock Orchids (Acidanthera bicolor) The blossoms are white, shaped like a gladiolus, and have a rich deep purple center. They are fragrant. 2 to 3 ft July to August Full sun to part shade. Mulch well in winter.

Rain Lilies (Zephyranthes species) White or pink flowers bloom after rainstorms. 6 to 9 inches Summer and fall Good, moist, well-drained garden soil in partial shade.
Summer Daffodil (Hymenocallis species) Large, fragrant white flower with long petals above bold straplike leaves. 24 to 36 inches Early to midsummer Full sun or light shade. Rich, well-drained soil. Mulch well in winter.

Summer Hyacinths (Galtonia candicans) Long spikes with many white, fragrant flowers. 40-inch stems July to September Well-drained soil with some protection from the sun at midday.

Surprise Lilies or Naked Ladies (Lycoris species) Large clusters or spidery lavender pink or orange red flowers depending on species. There are no leaves present during bloom. 18 to 30 inches Mid- to late summer Partial shade in a well-drained, rich soil that stays a bit moist.

Swamp Lilies and Milk and Wine Lilies (Crinum species) Large trumpet-shaped fragrant flowers in white, pink or rose. Shiny green strap-shaped leaves. 24 to 48 inches Late spring into the summer Part shade or sun. Rich, moist soil is ideal. These bulbs are very adaptable and tough. Many will grow in standing water.

Tuberous Begonias (Begonia species) Colors range from soft pastels to brilliant and electric solid colors 12 to 24 inches All summer Partial shade. Evenly moist soil. Store after frost in dry peat moss at 35 to 41 degrees.

Best wishes with your new bulbs.

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