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How to Grow Summer Bulbs in Containers

Planting summer flowering bulbs in containers brings colour and life to any outdoor space! Whether you have a small balcony or a large garden, planting bulbs in containers is a great way to add interest and variety to your outdoor decor.


In this blog post, we'll cover the benefits of planting summer flowering bulbs in containers, some of the types of bulbs that are best for container gardening, and some tips for planting and caring for your bulbs.



Why plant summer flowering bulbs in containers?


One of the biggest advantages of planting summer flowering bulbs in containers is the flexibility it offers. With container gardening, you can easily move your plants around to different locations, allowing you to experiment with different light and shade conditions. This is especially helpful if you have limited space or live in an area where the weather can be unpredictable.


Container gardening also allows you to control the soil conditions, which is important for many types of bulbs. You can choose the type of soil and the amount of water your bulbs receive, which can help ensure that they grow healthy and strong.


Another benefit of container gardening is that it allows you to add colour and texture to your outdoor space without committing to permanent planting. If you decide that you don't like the look of your bulbs in a certain location, you can simply move them to a different spot.


What types of summer flowering bulbs are best for container gardening?


There are many types of summer flowering bulbs that are suitable for container gardening! Some of the most popular include:

  1. Dahlias - These large, showy flowers come in a wide range of colours and can grow up to four feet tall.

  2. Gladiolus - These tall, elegant flowers are available in a variety of colours and can grow up to six feet tall.

  3. Lilies - Available in a wide range of colours, these fragrant plants can grow up to three feet tall.

  4. Begonias - These compact plants have large, colourful blooms and are great for small containers.

  5. Caladiums - Their large, heart-shaped leaves and are perfect for adding texture to your container garden.


Gladiolus are cutting garden classics, always the stars in summer flower arrangements, and they're equally effective when planted in a large container!


Tuberous begonias are ideal container plants for shady gardens, patios, porches and patios. Choose upright or cascading forms, depending on the type of container you want to fill.


How do I plant and care for my bulbs?


When planting summer flowering bulbs in containers, it's important to choose a container that is large enough to accommodate the bulbs and has good drainage. Fill the container with a good quality potting soil and plant the bulbs according to the instructions on the package.


Once your bulbs are planted, water them thoroughly and place them in a location that receives the right amount of sunlight. Most summer flowering bulbs need at least six hours of direct sunlight per day.


To keep your bulbs healthy and strong, make sure to water them regularly and fertilize them with a good quality fertilizer every few weeks. You should also deadhead any spent blooms to encourage new growth.


Time to get planting!


Planting summer flowering bulbs in containers is a fun and easy way to add colour and life to your outdoor space. By choosing the right bulbs and following a few simple tips for planting and caring for them, you can create a beautiful container garden that will brighten up your summer days. We've got an amazing selection of summer flowering bulbs in-store right now, so stop in to choose your favourites, and get growing! :)

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