Be sure to allocate at least a small corner on your site for these delightful plants. Unlike bulbous primroses, which bloom at the very beginning of spring, these beauties will delight you with their flowering almost all summer long, attracting the eyes of passers-by.

Acidantera

A distinctive feature of acidantera is spectacular white or light pink flowers exuding a delicate aroma (for which the plant is often called fragrant gladiolus). They are quite large (8-10 cm in diameter), somewhat reminiscent of stars. By the way, the African beauty herself is not a baby at all. Her bushes in height can reach 150 cm!

The unobtrusive beauty of acidantera has long been appreciated by landscape designers, interspersing it everywhere in flower arrangements and using it as an accent plant. If you decide to plant this exotic beauty in your garden, remember that this plant is extremely thermophilic. Acidantera bulbs can be planted in open ground only after the soil has warmed up well. And before the onset of the first autumn frosts, the bushes need to be dug up right with the leaves, dried, the bulbs are separated and stored until spring in a cool, dry place.

plant height

120-150 cm

Landing time

end of April — May

flowering period

Aug. Sept

Place

sun, light shade

Babiana

The flower got its unusual name thanks to baboons (monkeys from the genus of baboons), who love to dig up and eat its bulbs.

Babiana is a very compact and elegant flower. The height of the bushes rarely exceeds 30 cm, so the plant is perfect for small beds and for growing in containers. Several racemose peduncles are formed from one bulb at once, however, it is best to plant baboons not one by one, but in small curtains — this is how you will achieve the most spectacular flowering.

In addition to the usual lilac color, there are also forms with inflorescences of white, blue and pink flowers. And then there are baboons with a darker middle of the flowers — they look just magical, especially if they are planted next to discreet ground covers.

Like the acidantera, this southern beauty suffers from our frosty winters. Therefore, babiana bulbs are not left in the open field for the winter. In autumn, they must be dug up and stored until the next season in the basement or cellar.

plant height

20-30 cm

Landing time

mid-April – May

flowering period

beginning of August — end of September

Place

sun

Besser

This plant will not give you any trouble! Besser is one of those few flowers that can boast a combination of spectacular appearance and undemanding growing conditions. Great option for weekend getaways!

All care for her comes down to rare watering and fertilizing with mineral fertilizers at the beginning of growth. And this will be quite enough so that in August the bushes are strewn with red, orange or purple flowers, collected in apical umbrellas.

IMPORTANT ! Besser does not tolerate organic matter. Therefore, for top dressing, use exclusively mineral fertilizers.

Besser is a very plastic plant. She feels equally good both in a flower bed and in street planters. And if you want, you can grow it as an indoor or greenhouse plant. There is only one caveat: poor frost resistance. Therefore, for the winter, the bulbs must be dug up.

plant height

40-50 cm

Landing time

April May

flowering period

August-October

Place

sun, partial shade

Gomeria

This plant appeared in our gardens quite recently, but very quickly won the love of flower growers. And no wonder. After all, gomeria is completely unpretentious. It doesn’t matter where you plant the bulbs — in the sun or in partial shade — they will still start growing very quickly and will delight you with yellow or orange flowers in June-July.

Are you in the country only on short visits? No problem! Gomeria does not suffer from a lack of moisture at all. It needs to be watered only during a prolonged drought. And you can plant bulbs in various parts of the garden — in flower beds, among the lawn, along paths and borders, at the base of trees and bushes, etc.

NOTE: To achieve the best decorative effect, gomeria bulbs should be planted in dense groups.

However, like all previous species, this African beauty is afraid of frost. Therefore, the bulbs, together with the children that have grown over the season, must be dug up and stored until spring at a temperature of about 4 ° C (for example, in the refrigerator).

plant height

30-40 cm

Landing time

April May

flowering period

May-July

Place

sun, partial shade

Zephyranthes

Charming, delicate flower! A kind of belated crocus that fills the garden with spring freshness in summer.

Zephyranthes does not require any special care. It is enough to plant the bulbs in warm soil in the spring (the best option is light, humus-rich soil), and as they grow, periodically water and feed the plants with complex fertilizers. If possible, choose a sunny place, then the zephyranthes will show itself in all its glory.

The plant has one special «trick»: it develops flower stalks very quickly. Once they appear on the surface of the soil, and after 1-2 days flowers bloom on them. True, they live only a couple of days, but new ones immediately appear to replace them. Therefore, the flowering of zephyranthes continues almost all summer.

In autumn, the bulbs should be dug up (at the same time when gladioli are dug up), dried and stored until spring at room temperature. And you can transplant the bushes into pots. Then they will continue to delight you with flowering throughout the winter.

plant height

up to 30 cm

Landing time

April May

flowering period

May-September

Place

sun

Ixia

Charming African, worthy of taking pride of place in your garden. However, achieving bright fireworks of flowers from ixia is not so easy. Several conditions must be met:

  • plant bulbs in an open sunny place, located away from garden trees;
  • water regularly, preventing the soil from drying out in the root zone;
  • feed every 2-3 weeks with complex mineral fertilizers;
  • in September, dig up the bulbs, dry them, disinfect them in a fungicide solution and store until spring in a well-ventilated room with a temperature of 8-10 ° C.

But trust me, you won’t regret your efforts. Indeed, in return, you will receive a whole bouquet of fragrant star-shaped flowers that will decorate your garden for 3-4 weeks.

plant height

50-70 cm

Landing time

April May

flowering period

June August

Place

sun

Ismene

Despite the very exotic appearance, this plant is completely unpretentious, grows well and blooms profusely even in cool summers. Most often on sale you can find ismene with a white and yellowish color. But there are also specimens with pale pink flowers.

If you bought large healthy bulbs, you can admire the first flowers in early June. The rest of the plants bloom later — in July-August. However, remember, ismene is far from being a miniature plant. With good care, flower stalks, bearing from 3 to 6 fragrant flowers, can “swing out” up to 70 cm. Therefore, the place for the plant should be chosen appropriately so that it is comfortable for both the change and the crops growing nearby.

Well, do not forget about the autumn digging of bulbs. Do this as early as possible, without waiting for the yellowing of the leaves on the bushes and the first frost.

NOTE : It looks very nice in street planters. For planting, choose spacious, stable containers, and plant the bulbs themselves closer to each other to achieve the best effect.

plant height

45-70 cm

Landing time

April May

flowering period

June August

Place

sun, openwork shadow

Crocosmia (montbrecia)

This flower can hardly be called exotic, because. for many «advanced» gardeners, crocosmia has long been a favorite and often grown crop. However, it also deserves your attention. After all, crocosmia is the only plant from our list that can winter in the ground. But, again, subject to certain conditions:

  • the choice of winter-hardy species and varieties (Mason’s crocosmia, small-flowered mixtures, as well as the Lucifer variety are considered the most frost-resistant);
  • mulching plantings for the winter with sawdust (breakage of at least 20 cm), shelter with spruce branches and other materials.

When growing crocosmia, remember that this plant is quite photophilous; when planted in the shade, you will not wait for flowering. She also needs regular watering (at least once a week) and top dressing (every 10-14 days after the second one appears).

If you planted large-flowered crocosmia, be prepared for regular autumn digging and subsequent spring planting, because. these plants are not adapted for wintering in the middle zone.

plant height

40-90 cm

Landing time

April May

flowering period

July-September

Place

sun, partial shade

Ranunculus

Someone, seeing unopened ranunculus flowers, takes them for peonies, and to someone they resemble roses. Fully opened flowers (especially red and pink) resemble poppies to many. Here he is — the many-sided ranunculus.

In fact, this intricate name hides an ordinary garden buttercup, the wild species of which can be found almost everywhere in our country. Garden forms and varieties of ranunculus have a delicate aroma and can be of a wide variety of colors (from white and pale pink to bright yellow, scarlet and purple).

Unlike wild counterparts, garden ranunculus does not tolerate frost. Therefore, its tubers are planted in late spring — early summer in well-warmed soil, and in the fall, before frost, they dig, wash, divide if necessary, and then dry and store until spring in a frost-free cellar or basement.

plant height

25-50 cm

Landing time

end of April — May

flowering period

June August

Place

sun, partial shade

Sparaxis

Be sure to plant this graceful plant if you want your garden to shine with all the colors of the rainbow in June. Planted in a dense curtain, openwork flowers of sparaxis resemble continuous Arabic script. Admirers of the East will appreciate!

Sparaxis prefers areas that are well warmed by the sun, but at the same time protected from the wind. But in the shade and in the lowland, where cold air accumulates, the plant should not be planted. Also make sure that the flower does not fall under frost. Plant the bulbs after the threat of a return spring frost has passed and dig them out before the fall frost sets in.

When planting bulbs in the ground, the plants will bloom only in August. But if you want to get flowering specimens in early to mid-summer, plant the bulbs in a pot in early April, and transplant the grown plants to a permanent place in the garden in mid-May.

TIP : It is best to plant them in large curtains. If you “smear” the bulbs all over the flower bed, the plants will simply be lost on it.

plant height

15-60 cm

Landing time

April May

flowering period

June July

Place

sun

Tigridia

For lovers of large spectacular inflorescences, we recommend taking a closer look at tigridia. Its flowers, similar to bright tropical butterflies, can reach 10-15 cm in diameter.

Plants prefer open sunny areas. Of course, they can take root in partial shade. They even bloom. But their stems will be thin and weak, and without a garter to a support, they will simply lie on the ground.

There is no need to rush into planting bulbs. The optimal time for landing tigridia in the middle lane is mid-May. But in the fall, dig them out early so that the plants do not fall under the first frost. The procedure for working with bulbs is usual: drying, storage in a cool, frost-free room, spring planting in the ground.

NOTE : Tigridia bulbs are very small and dry out quickly. Therefore, for winter storage, it is recommended to sprinkle them with peat.

plant height

40-50 cm

Landing time

May

flowering period

July-September

Place

sun, light shade

Freesia

Previously, this flower could only be seen in bouquets and was grown exclusively in industrial greenhouses. But now freesia is increasingly found in our gardens. Yes, and how can you resist and not try, when breeders have bred such a huge number of beautiful varieties:

  • lemon yellow Double Yellow,
  • terry orange Double Orange,
  • intense red double red,
  • snow-white Double White and many, many others.

Although it must be said that this beauty is rather capricious. In order for the freesia to bloom, daylight hours must be at least 12 hours, and the temperature should be within 15-20 ° C. Only under such conditions will it be possible to obtain properly developed flowering plants. But this is not a reason to refuse cultivation. Try it — and you will surely succeed!

Here are some useful tips to help you when growing freesia:

  • planting bulbs in mid-April — early May, when the soil at a depth of 20 cm warms up to 10-15 ° C;
  • soil for plants should be loose, moisture-intensive and nutritious, you can use a special soil mixture for roses;
  • freesia is a rather fragile plant, use supports;
  • regularly cut faded inflorescences;
  • after flowering, begin to reduce watering;
  • dig up the bulbs before the autumn cold snaps.

plant height

40-50 cm

Landing time

April May

flowering period

July August

Place

sun, partial shade

Eucomis

Do you want to plant a beautiful exotic plant in your garden, but are not ready to spend a lot of time caring for it? Then eukomis is what you need!

The plant is perfect not only for growing in a flower bed, but also in street planters. The main flowering occurs in June-July, but some types of eukomis bloom in August. Plant care is easy. Just remember to water them regularly and feed them every 10-14 days with a complex mineral fertilizer.

And one more nice bonus: even after the flower brush wilts, the eukomis does not lose its decorative appearance. Therefore, you do not have to puzzle over where to transplant and how to disguise it after flowering.

When the leaves turn yellow on the plant, stop watering and start digging up the bulbs. You need to store them in a cold, frost-free basement or on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator.

plant height

25-100 cm

Landing time

end of April — mid-May

flowering period

June August

Place

sun

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