11 summer bulbs - names, characteristics and photos

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When the temperatures begin to rise it is time to plant the bulbs that bloom in summer, a wide range of beautiful flowers that will give life and color to our gardens, terraces and homes.

If you want to learn how to plant summer bulbs, join us in this Green Ecologist article, in which we will see 11 summer bulbs, their names, characteristics and photos.


Native to South and Central America, the Hippeastrum x ackermannii is one of the most elegant bulbous plants. Up to two flower stalks emerge from its bulb, appearing even before the leaves. Only the lower half of the bulb is buried, leaving the rest on the surface of the soil or substrate. You don't need a lot of light, and in a cool corner your flowers will last longer.

Here you can learn about the care of the amaryllis plant.


The Lilium candidum, also called lily, is actually a whole genus with more than a hundred species under its belt. They are found in both America and Europe and Asia, and are characteristic for their fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers, which smell especially intense and pleasant at night, although not all their varieties share this aroma. They bloom between late spring and early summer.

Tuberous begonia

Between the summer flower bulbs is also grouped tuberous begoniaAlthough its beautiful, warm-colored flowers can actually appear during any season when the climate is warm enough or close to tropical. It is a plant that prefers shade or semi-shade and is planted in early spring.

In this other post we detail the care of begonia.


Known as water lily it is another of the most appreciated summer bulb plants. It originates from South Africa and stands out for its funnel-shaped and usually white flowers, highly valued perfume. The sheets of the coves They are green, large and fleshy, arrow-shaped, and prefer shade or semi-shade.

In this other article you have details about Calas care.


With more than 30 recognized species, this genus of plants native to Mexico are quite a spectacle for their striking flowers, with very vivid colors and varied shapes. Already in ancient times, the Aztecs used them to decorate their events and festivities. Dahlias are bulbous summer plants that multiply very easily by division of tubers and need abundant light.

The care of dahlias you can know them with this gardening guide.

Dondiego at night

The Mirabilis jalapa, Dondiego at night or pedritos It is a plant whose flowering lasts from June until well into October. Its flowers are trumpets of warm or white colors, with very intense tones, although they are not its only attraction: its leaves, also very striking green, give shape to a bush of great contrasts and aesthetic value.

We tell you about the Dondiego plant care at night in this guide.


Gladioli They are a whole genus with around 250 species, typical of Asia, tropical Africa, South Africa and the Mediterranean area. They stand out for their flower spikes, traditionally used in the decoration of gardens and in the making of bouquets and arrangements, since they can be of a great variety of colors. Some species and varieties reach and even exceed heights of one and a half meters.

Learn about the care of gladioli here.


The Sinningia speciosa, glixinia or siningia, is actually a tuberous plant even though it is commonly called gloxinia, a genus of plants that are rhizomatous. It is a plant less than half a meter tall, with fleshy, flown leaves that form a rosette around the flower stem. The very pretty and decorative flowers appear in summer and fall and are bell-shaped. It needs a lot of light, but not direct.


Also called crocosmia, it is a genre with 6 species of bulbs actually, all from South Africa. They reach heights of up to 80 cm, with pretty orange flowers and ribbon-shaped leaves. They bloom between late spring and early summer, and it is very common to see them planted to form borders.


The scientific name of the nard is Agave amica, although it is also known as lily, amole or rod of San José. This bulbous can grow up to 1 meter in height, with elongated ribbon-like leaves and a beautiful spike-shaped inflorescence with 8 to 12 white flowers of great aroma.


Also known as harlequina, this is actually a genre with 12 species of bulbous originating in South Africa. They are small plants with very showy flowers with a yellow center and a white, orange or red exterior, with 6 petals. They need sun or semi-shade, with very well drained soil.

Summer bulb plant care

For plant the summer bulbsYou must first check what species you have and make sure that you are going to plant them at the right time, since although most are planted in spring, it is not like that for everyone.

Plant the bulb with the pointy side up, which is where it will grow. Depending on the size of the bulb, you will need a depth between 5 and 20 cm. It is important to have loosened the soil before, which must offer good drainage and be rich in nutrients. We recommend using a mixture of equal parts peat, worm castings and coconut fiber, with an addition of vermiculite and perlite. The bulbs to be planted must be hard and dry to the touch: the opposite usually implies that they are rotten.

Choose a location based on the plant's light needs and water by spraying after planting, providing moisture to the soil but always without flooding. Most summer bulbs are especially sensitive to excess moisture, which makes them sick and kills.

Learn more about these types of plants by reading our articles on What are bulbs and How to preserve bulbs.

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