Killer Combinations: How Bulbs Bring Unexpected Thrills to Summer Containers

Killer Combinations: How Bulbs Bring Unexpected Thrills to Summer Containers

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Add a Touch of Excitement to Your Summer Containers with Summer Flowering Bulbs invites gardeners to transform their summer container gardening experience by incorporating a vibrant array of bulbs that promise delightful surprises all summer long. Bring container design to the next level with these two new design trends, perfect for both seasoned gardeners and beginners alike.

Garden Trend Nr. 1 – Thriller, Filler, Spiller, and Killer! Adding bulbs to containers elevates the “Thriller, Filler, Spiller” design trend to new heights. The bulbs grow up between the other plants, adding height and a bright pop of color. They’re killer! After they bloom, you can cut them back. It’s more than ok to use bulbs as annuals since bulb prices are comparable to annuals. Our Favorite Killers Combo’s Include – Crocosmia, lilies, Gladiolus and Dahlias.

Garden Trend Nr. 2 – A Movable Feast of Color Plant pots full of the same summer flowering bulbs for a floral explosion. As each variety comes into bloom, move them to a prominent location to add some “Wow Factor” to any front door, outdoor décor, or party space. Nothing impresses like masses of the same flowers. After the display winds down, move them to a less conspicuous location, or empty the pots, and move your next flowering bulb creations to the forefront. Our Favorite Portables – Canna lilies, lilies, calla lilies, dahlias, gladiolas, Ranunculus.

Garden Trend Nr. 3 - Sowing Sunshine: Embrace the Tropical Vibe Embrace the allure of the tropics with favorites like Canna lilies, whose bold, exotic foliage adds drama to any space. Pair them with the intricate patterns of Caladium leaves for a dynamic contrast that evokes the lush foliage of the islands. Introduce the elegant blooms of lilies and calla lilies to infuse your oasis with a touch of sophistication and tropical flair. Our Favorites for a Tropical Look – Canna lilies, Caladium, lilies and calla lilies

In many cases, it isn’t practical to overwinter bulbs in containers. Limited space can be an issue for many. In some cases, gardeners want to reuse pots for winter decoration. And for others, time, know-how, or cold climates can be an issue. In most cases, it’s easiest to grow them as annuals, and there is no shame in taking this sensible approach.

Pro Tip for Container Gardening:

  • Choose the Right Container: The bigger the pot, the better. More soil means the pots won’t dry out as quickly. For a movable feast, choose lighter pots. Make sure they have good drainage.
  • Purchase Good Quality Potting Soil: Never use garden soil. Good quality potting soil will include some fertilizer to get the plants off to a good start. Then fertilize regularly after that.
  • Consider Light Conditions: Choose plants with the same light preferences.
  • Water Regularly: Pots, especially terra cotta pots, dry out quickly in the summer. Be prepared to water almost daily.
  • Fertilize Regularly: Containers don’t hold nutrients because of their size and frequent watering. Be sure to fertilize per the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Overwintering: The rule of thumb for overwintering bulbs or other plants in a container outside, is that they need to be two zones hardier than the zone you live in. For those reasons, consider using the bulbs in the same way you use annuals.

Planting bulbs in containers offers many advantages that make it an excellent gardening strategy for seasoned and beginner gardeners. Container gardening facilitates mobility in terms of placement. Gardeners can strategically position containers to create visually appealing displays in the garden or on patios and balconies. As neighbors and guests marvel at the captivating displays, summer bulb containers become a source of wonder and conversation, making each day a delightful discovery in your outdoor oasis. is a promotional agency for the flower bulb sector. Their goal is to educate and inspire new and experienced gardeners. They do not sell flower bulbs; they encourage consumers to visit their local retailer. High-resolution images are available royalty-free when citing as the source. Visit for more information.

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