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Summer Sizzles with Tropical Bulbs

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Difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 2-4 hours


Canna lilies in the garden

Tropical flowers add beauty and vibrancy to our summer gardens. Lively lilies, delightful dahlias, enormous elephant ear and colorful cannas all like it hot! That’s why summer-blooming tropical flowers are planted in spring, once the soil is warmed. These tender bulbs rot in frozen soil.

Create professional-looking container combinations using the successful thrillers-spillers-fillers method. Thrillers add height, spillers hang over the edge, and fillers are everything in between.

Simply plant bulbs according to directions, sprinkle in fertilizer and then cover with soil. Most tropical bulbs prefer well-drained soil. Cannas and elephant ears are exceptions, however. Keep them moist.

How to create Tropical Bulb Container Combinations:

  1. Plant five to seven thrilling cannas with bright orange flowers with ornamental peppers.
  2. Mix coleus, fancy-leaved begonia and upright elephant ears for a simple but dramatic look.
  3. Cannas make great upright elements that also add color. Pair with coleus for filler and select impatiens as a spiller.
  4. Pair upright elephant ears with colorful caladium for a designer look.
  5. Plant stunning dahlias with flowering sage for a look that not only stuns, but also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
  6. Combine tall, blue and white lilies in large pots for stunning patio decor. Stake to keep from toppling over.

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