Today's Hours: Wednesday 9:00am - 6:00pm Tel: 604.882.1201
  LoginCreate Account 
Directions  | Contact Us
Monday, March 10, 2014
Posted By: in Bulbs

Summer flowering bulbs are easy to grow and provide a big impact in your flower garden. The most commonly available are:

  • Lilies
  • Gladiolus
  • Calla Lily
  • Canna Lily
  • Dahlias
  • Begonias

I use the term ‘bulb’ loosely because most of what you will find packaged at Art's Nursery this spring are technically corms, rhizomes and tuberous roots, along with ‘true’ bulbs.

True Bulbs

A true bulb’s rounded form is made up of modified leaves called scales. The pointed top is where leaves and flowers will grow. These sit on the flat ‘basal plate’ where roots are formed. The wonderful thing about true bulbs is they reproduce by offsets or daughter bulbs and are easy to pull off and propagate.

beverlys dream lily

Commonly known true bulbs are lilies, alliums and amaryllis. One lily that I am loving this year is call Beverly’s Dream. It is an oriental trumpet lily that has been known to get to up to eight feet tall after a few years of maturing in optimal conditions. It has a paintbrush of red inside stark white with a little yellow in the center. Beverly’s Dream will make a bold statement in your garden along with an intoxicating strong fragrance.

Corm

A corm looks very much like a true bulb on the outside but it doesn’t have scales. Instead the inside is made up of a fleshy modified stem. The plant uses up the entire corm in a season but produces copious offsets. Examples of corms are gladiolas and freesias. My favorite gladiola this year is called ‘Velvet Eyes’ and has a deep, dark, almost smoky purple. I’m looking forward these cut flowers.

gladiolus_velveteye.jpg

Rhizomes

Rhizomes are modified stems that grow sideways just under the surface of soil. Each break (or growing point) in the rhizome will put out roots hairs and grow another stalk. This makes dividing easy. Examples are iris, canna lily and calla lily. One calla lily that I’m considering planting this year is called ‘Captain Safari’ and is a two tone beauty with an antique rose-red, fading into an orange center.

calla lily rhizomes

Tuberous Roots (or Tubers)

Tuberous roots look like ordinary roots that have been dug up. They don’t give offsets but get bigger ever year and can be divided as long as there previously was a stem attached. A piece of root itself will not grow into a plant. When lifting in fall, store in peat moss or coco fiber with a little sulphur dust directly on the roots to ensure no mold.

dahlia tubers

The most familiar tuberous roots are peonies and dahlias. I have been growing dahlias since childhood and my garden wouldn’t be the same without one. This year I’m excited to grow the ‘Babylon Red’ giant dinnerplate dahlia. With 10” flowers, this variety will provide vivid color in my garden that is a true fire engine red.

Planting Summer Bulbs

Plant your bulbs when danger of frost is gone. This is usually late March or early April in Metro Vancouver. It is best to wait a little longer for some of the more delicate ones, like Dahlias.

Some, like Calla or Canna lilies should (or need!) to be dug up and stored in a cool, dry indoor area in peat moss or coco fiber for winter. Keep plants in the ground that are hardy to your zone but make sure they are in well drained soil as they are prone to rotting. They will all benefit from a generous amount of bone meal at planting.

When you’re visiting Art's Nursery this spring, keep a look out for a few of these varieties and the many others I didn't mention. I’m all about the bold bright colors this year and my picks definitely reflect that.

Summer Blooming bulbs are typically available from late February through early April. Best selection is in early March. drop by Art's Nursery and check out our selection of gorgeous, easy to plant summer blooming beauties.

Rebecca van der Zalm

Rebecca van der Zalm

Rebecca is an owner and the ‘Plant Boss’ of Art’s Nursery Garden & Home, a large family owned garden centre in Surrey. Fueled by her passion for plants and the occasional grande vanilla latte, Rebecca strives to share her love of gardening at every opportunity. The goal: to offer more service, more selection and more fun.
Tel:604.882.1201
Email:rmrazek@artsnursery.com
Web:http://www.artsnursery.com
Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/artsnursery
Twitter:http://www.twitter.com/artsnursery


Sponsored Advertisement

Blog Profile

arts nursery logo
Art's Nursery is a 10+ acre retail and wholesale garden centre located in Surrey, a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. We've been in business at this same location since 1973 and we're proud to serve you today!

We carry an incredible selection of plants, shrubs, trees, annuals, perennials, vines, groundcovers, roses and much more. Soils, bulk materials, pottery and a variety of garden accents are also available.

Our plant selection is so large that you can actually drive a golf cart while you shop!

We pride ourselves on providing high quality plant, expert advice and an exceptional gardening experience.

Blog Search

Recent Posts

Friday, June 16, 2017
Plant Something BC Contest

It's your last chance to enter the Plant Something BC contest. Here's how to enter:

Friday, June 16, 2017
Plants for a Tropical Paradise

With summer just around the corner, now is a great time to add a touch of the tropics to your garden...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Strawberry Growing Basics

If you ask people what their favourite summertime berry is… odds are they will say Strawberry. These...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
New Flower Bulbs For 2017

Is it possible that Christmas comes again in March? Every year, new summer blooming bulb varieties a...

Thursday, March 16, 2017
16 Stunning Hellebores for 2017

Hellebores are one of our favourite flowers for the later winter and early Spring. Given our never e...

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
November 2016 In Your Garden

Well this is turning out to be an interesting month and that’s even without mentioning politics! Fas...

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
10 Favourite Plants for November Gardens

November can be a tough month for gardens. In our case, we've just been pummelled by nearly 30 days ...

Friday, October 7, 2016
7 Unique and Rare Bulbs for 2016

The other day our bulb grower mentioned that they had a number of exceptionally unique and rare bulb...


Tag Cloud

plantsomethingbc contest bcplantstropical tropical plants outdoor tropical palm trees palms banana plants jasmine monkey puzzle tree phormium new Zealand flax agapanthusstrawberries strawberry strawberry care strawberry varieties day neutral strawberries june bearing strawberries alpine strawberries everbearing strawberries growing strawberries types of strawberriesbulbs flower bulbs new bulbs dahlias lilies canna calla florissahellebore helleborus spring series hellebore Lenten rose Christmas rose perennial shade perennials annas red pennys pink winter jewels series gold collection hellebores winter dreams helleboreswinter gardens november november garden calendar winter garden tasks gardening plants winter plants garden gardenings november gardens winter interest plants plants with winter interest unique bulbs rare bulbs unique flower bulbs allium narcissi corydalis snow crocustulips tulipa Canadian celebration tulips tulip Canadian celebration Canadian bulbs red and white bulbs white tulips red tulips patriotic tulips hyacinths colourful companions bulb planting daffodils September fall fall gardening September gardeningsucculents echeveria crassula pachyphytum kalanchoe lifesaver plant huernia haworthia portulaca aeonium zwartkop firesticks tender succulentsjune gardens summer to-do list cannas papyrus gardenia silk tree fig treehydrangea shrub deciduous shrubs growing hydrangeas hydrangea basics how to grow hydrangeas hydrangea macrophylla mophead hydrangea lacecap hydrangea pannicle hydrangea oakleaf hydrangea smooth hydrangea pruning hydrangeas reblooming hydrangeas endless summer hydrangeasroses growing roses rose tips types of roses rose rose plants hybrid tea grandiflora floribundaspring mothers day garden calendar may garden calendar may to do listfeature plants new plants unique plants unusual plantswinter planters winter containers container gardening christmas planters doorway planters festive planters festive containers November garden to do list

Blog Roll

Other interesting gardening blogs that we follow include:

Blog RSS Feed

Keep in touch by subscribing to our RSS/Atom News Feeds


Subscribe Via FeedBurner

 Subscribe in a reader

Copyright (c) 2017 Art's Nursery Ltd.  | 8940 192nd Street, Surrey, BC, Canada, V4N 3W8  | tel: 604.882.1201  | SiteMap  | Privacy Statement |