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Tips on How to Plant Bulbs Now for Summer Blooms

Renee Valdes
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Dahlia, Summer Bulbs | The Home Depot's Garden Club

Dig in and learn how to plant bulbs, such as dahlias and elephant ears, for summer blooms. Get beautiful, long-lasting color in your space with spring-planted bulbs.

Spring is the best time to plant bulbs, whether in flowerpots and window boxes or simply in the ground. 

For sunny spots or shade, find out how to plant bulbs where they will thrive in your outdoor space. Many types of spring-planted flowering bulbs and non-flowering bulbs last until first frost.

Going deep: How to PLant Bulbs for Summer flowers

Infographic: How to Plant Summer Bulbs

Get the most out of your bulbs

  • Plant Thomas Edison dahlias indoors six weeks before the last frost or plant outside in full sun to part shade. Dahlias make great cutting flowers.
  • Colorful Caladiums thrive in hot, humid weather in part or full shade. Plant in late spring when soil temperatures reach 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Carefree Blazing Stars attract butterflies. Plant in areas with full sun to part shade in early spring as soon as soil can be worked. These perennials return again and again.
  • Fragrant Stargazer Oriental Lilies come with six or more blossoms per stem. Plant as soon as soil can be worked in areas with full sun to part shade.
  • Giant Upright Elephant Ears add an exotic look to your outdoor space. Plant indoors two months before the last frost or outside in full sun or part shade after soil temperatures reach 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Light up your space with Picotee Tuberous Begonias. Start indoors two months prior to the last frost or plant after frost in part shade to full shade. 
  • With so many options, check out the full selection of flowering and non-flowering bulbs and determine which is right for your outdoor garden or containers. 

Stargazer lily

Get more tips on planting and caring for your spring-planted bulbs for a summer filled with blooms. For detailed, step-by-step planting information, check out the steps for planting summer bulbs. Also, read up on tropical bulbs that add spice to your garden.

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