Bulbs are beloved. Nothing heralds the coming of spring more than the first pop of a pale pink crocus or bright yellow daffodil working its way out of the cold, hard ground.

But when it comes to planting, bulbs require a little forethought. Spring-blooming bulbs like tulips, hyacinth, crocus, and daffodil must be planted in the fall before the ground freezes. But summer-blooming bulbs go into the soil in springtime, ideally after the last threat of frost passes. So now’s the time! Here are 5 summer-blooming bulbs to consider planting this spring.

1. Anemones

The showy, long-stemmed, and deer-resistant anemone flower, also known as windflower, can make a cheerful summer-blooming addition to a garden bed, container, or cut flower arrangement. Only some anemone varietals are planted in spring for the summer bloom, so be sure to check with your local garden store to select the right one for your growing zone.

2. Begonias 

Beautiful, shade-loving begonias are known for their large blooms and spectacular variety of color. Grown from tuberous roots, begonias should be planted directly into the ground in the late spring, with blooms from summer through fall. Want to see your blooms a little earlier? Start your begonia tubers up to 8 weeks early inside your home (look for a warm, sunny spot) using a small container and some potting soil.

3. Canna lily

For adding some tropical drama to your garden beds, nothing is better than the canna lily, with its sizable, bright green, deep maroon or even striped foliage and equally giant, iris-like blooms that come in vibrant shades of orange, red, or yellow. Cannas are considered annuals in regions with cold winters, but in warmer climes, these rhizomes will act like perennials, blooming year after year with little help from humans. Plant canna lilies in full sun, after the last spring frost.

4. Dahlias

Coming in virtually every color of the rainbow, the majestic dahlia is a joy of the mid-summer garden. Blooms come in an array of hues, shapes, and sizes, from tiny pom-poms to flat blooms the size of pancakes. Dahlias don’t like cold soil, so plant tubers after ground temps register a minimum of 60 degrees. Dahlias love morning sun and rich, well-drained soil. Avoid tubers that appear wrinkled or rotten  and remember to plant them whole, with their “eyes” pointing upward.

5. Gladiolus

The elegant gladiolus can make a colorful, vertical counterpoint to any garden or cut flower arrangement (gladiolus can grow up to 6 feet tall, though they might need support or staking). Because of their height, gladiolus look great at the back of a garden. Check your local frost dates and plant gladiolus bulbs after the soil has warmed considerably, preferably in an area that gets full sun.

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