If you put on a pair of ‘rose-tinted glasses’, you’ll see love and warmth without noticing the nuances. It’s a nice way to feel relaxed and content. Yet pink comes in many variations: baby pink, powder pink, greyed pink, lilac pink, purple pink, fuchsia pink, hot pink, or neon pink. All of these colours add warmth to your garden. Summer bulbs are available in every pink imaginable. When you plant them in the spring, you’ll be rewarded with a real explosion of pink flowers in the summer.
Familiar pink flowers
Dahlias are definitely the most familiar summer bulbs and have the widest variety of pink among all the summer bulbs. Another plus: they produce countless flowers. As long as you keep removing their spent flowers, these plants will continue providing buds until the first frost. Other popular summer bulbs include lilies (Lilium), callas, gladioli (Gladiolus) and begonias – all available in pink. Choose ones in a range of shapes and heights to create a playful look.
Certain summer bulbs are less well-known. Nevertheless, these lesser-known but stunning gems make a perfect addition to your garden. Good examples are the unusual Tiger Flower (Tigridia), elegant Tulbaghia, fuzzy Blazing Star (Liatris), tropical-looking Pineapple Lily (Eucomis), charming Spider Lily (Nerine) and the stately Swamp Lily (Crinum). All are sun-worshippers, available in pink, and a great way to enhance the look of your garden.
Do you already have some pink-flowering summer bulbs? If so, it’s time to plant them in the garden. Do this in the spring once the soil is no longer frozen. Follow these four steps to create a pink statement in your garden.
- Locate a sunny spot in the garden. This is because summer bulbs will produce the most flowers under the summer rays of the sun.
- Break up the soil to loosen it thoroughly and remove any weeds and small stones.
- Now plant the summer bulbs in the soil. An easy way to know how deep to plant most of them is to remember ‘twice as deep as the bulb is tall’. The two exceptions are dahlias and begonias that should be planted just beneath the soil surface since the warmth of the sun will accelerate their growth.
- Water the summer bulbs thoroughly to get them off to a quick healthy growth.