The season of renewal has sprung, bringing with it fresh beginnings and new life. With the warmer weather rolling in, gardeners excitedly head outside to begin highly anticipated garden projects, like planting their favourite summer-blooming flower bulbs. Dahlias, Zantedeschia, Gladioli, Amaryllis and Hemerocallis are all popular flowering plants, each requiring a specific planting process and care regimen. Will you plant any of these fragrant beauties in your spring garden? If so, follow our tips below for a sensational season of growth, and colourful summer ahead! (Explore our range of flower bulbs here.)
Dahlias are so full of life – the perfect representation of this time of year! We love them for their vast array of colours and full, pom-pom like blooms. And with over 30 varieties to choose from, it’s no wonder they are a favourite in South African gardens. Browse our selection of Dahlia bulbs online.
You should plant your Dahlias in late spring, in an area of your garden that receives full sun. Be sure to plant them in sandy soil that drains well, as the tubers tend to be susceptible to root rot. Take a look at our blog all about Dahlias where we break down the seven-step planting process for you.
Dahlias need very little care prior to sprouting. In fact, it’s best to avoid watering them completely until you notice the little green shoots starting to surface. At this point, you can water them liberally about three times a week. Click here for in-depth Dahlia care tips and fertilising recommendations.
Luscious and delicate-looking Zantedeschia blooms are a stunning addition to flower beds. But we love them most as cut flowers – their vase life extends up to two weeks! Shop Zantedeschia bulbs now.
Plant Zantedeschia bulbs in early spring, in cool areas of your garden that receive full sun to partial shade. Make sure the spot you choose has plenty of moist, nutrient-rich soil so the bulbs can grow optimally. Ready to plant some Zantedeschia bulbs? Here’s how:
Once your Zantedeschia bulbs are established, you’ll want to make sure they are properly cared for. Follow these tips for promoting healthy growth:
We’re always glad to see Gladioli in flower beds and vases! We love their cheery colours and impressive displays, especially when paired with complementing flowers of other species. Click here for flower arrangement inspiration.
Gladioli need plenty of sunshine and grow best in well-draining, nutrient-rich soil. We recommend adding a layer of compost to the soil before starting the planting process, as follows:
Gladiolus bulbs require special care to grow into vibrant flowering plants. Keep these tips in mind when caring for yours over the spring and summer months:
The Amaryllis, or ‘Christmas flower’ is as merry and bright as its name suggests. We love its over-sized, colourful blooms, especially in shades of red and cream during the festive season. Explore our range of Amaryllis bulbs online.
Amaryllis plants need well-draining soil and sunshine. Adding a little compost to their flower beds will ensure they grow into lush and lively flowering plants. If you’re keen to grow some bulbs, follow these simple steps for planting Amaryllis outdoors:
Like all flower bulbs, Amaryllis need a little TLC to keep them blooming and looking beautiful. If you plant yours in pots, remember to move them into a spot that receives full sun throughout the day – and be sure to keep them out of drafty areas. Click here for Amaryllis care tips for glowing seasonal stars.
We love a fiery splash of floral colour, and the yellow, orange and burgundy blooms of the Hemerocallis sure are hard to miss! Even though the flowers only bloom for a day, they appear in abundance throughout the summer months – so you’re guaranteed a constant display.
Sunshine and well-draining, nutrient-rich soil are important for healthy Hemerocallis growth. Ensure the spot you choose for your Hemerocallis bulbs receives at least six hours of direct sunlight per day, and plant them as follows:
When it comes to Hemerocallis bulb care, mulch is a must! Adding a layer of bark and straw to the flower beds after watering will aid in the soil’s water retention, allowing the bulbs to receive adequate moisture while preventing weed growth. Interesting to note, Hemerocallis plants do not require fertiliser – just a yearly douse of compost. Learn how to create a compost heap in your backyard.
Have we inspired you to grow your own flowering plants for a colourful season ahead? Visit our online store to shop all your favourite summer-blooming bulbs, and get ready for a summer like none other!