When daffodils and other spring-blooming bulbs start popping up in the garden, it’s time to order summer bulbs for planting in March. Here are some favorites:
– Blade foliage and small lily-like flowers on 2-3 foot stems; ‘Lucifer’ is scarlet red, ‘Citronella’ is pale yellow with a dark eye.
(Pineapple Flower) – Tall spikes covered with dozens of petite white flowers tinged with purple or pink are topped with a tuft of green bracts. Seed capsules on spent spikes are pretty in autumn. Graceful green leaves can have dark blotches.
(Fairy Lily) – Grass-like foliage and cupped flowers that resemble crocus. Color choices range from pure white to pinks and bright yellows. May rebloom. Good in rock gardens or front of borders.
– Naked lady relatives with tall trumpet flowers on thick stalks. Very fragrant. Strappy foliage dies back for some species. Colors include solid red, white and pink and stripes.
(Spider Lily) – Fantastical flowers have crinkled petals and long “eyelashes” (stamens) that inspired the common name. Flower stalks appear after blade-like foliage dies back.
(Tuberose) – Intensely fragrant white flower spikes rise up to 3 feet above grassy foliage. Popular with perfume makers for centuries. ‘The Pearl’ is a popular double-flowered variety.