A great-looking container planting is an artful combination of plant habit, foliage texture, and color. You also want a collection of plants that will go the distance and look as good in August as they do in May.
Summer-blooming bulbs can help you create pots and planters that are big, bold and refreshingly different. Most summer bulbs are also heat lovers that thrive in hot, humid weather. In fact, these bulbs typically reach their peak when most other container plants are winding down.
We have put together some planting combinations to help you visualize what it looks like when you add summer bulbs to a planter. Each example combines one or more summer-blooming bulbs with one or more annuals. Happy planting!
TIP: We find it's best to give summer-blooming bulbs a head start before putting them in a mixed container. Grow the bulbs in gallon pots for 4 to 6, keeping them in a warm, sunny place where there’s no danger of frost. Once the bulbs have sprouted and are actively growing, it will be much easier for them to compete with other plants in the container.
(Below) Fountain Grass, Dahlia 'HS Romeo', Lantana 'New Gold', Petunia 'Red Wave'
(Below) Canna Lily 'Orange Magic', Verbena 'Babylon Red', Lantana 'New Gold'
(Below) Caladium 'Gingerland', SunPatients 'Compact Red', Creeping Jenny
(Below) Dahlia 'HS Flame', Superbells 'Lemon Slice', Mexican Heather
(Below) Canna Lily 'Star View', Coleus 'Lime Frills', Begonia 'Maxima Switzerland', Creeping Jenny
(Below) Elephant Ears 'Black Stem', Verbena 'Homestead Purple', Zinnia 'Yellow Profusion'