Bulb Plants That Bloom All Summer

Many gardeners equate bulbs with spring flowers, but there are many bulbs that will flower through the summer. These summer blooming flowers can make your garden plot last and look nice longer. Planting bulbs for summer flowers is all about choosing the right combinations and the right flowers for the job.

Rain Lily

Rain lily, or Zephyranthes grandiflora, is a perennial that is good for containers or indoor use, as well as shady spots outdoors. Rain lilies have single maroon buds on 7-inch stems that flower into pink 3-inch-wide blooms. Leaves are grasslike and about 10 to 12 inches long. Plant rain lily bulbs in moist, well-drained soil or in full sun or part shade. Propagate via offset division in spring from the bulb.

Ginger Lily

Ginger lily, or Hedychium coronarium, is a fragrant perennial of the ginger family that is fast growing and will attract butterflies to the garden. The plant gets 3 to 7 feet tall with 8- to 24-inch-long lancelike leaves and 6- to 12-inch clusters of white flowers. Plant the ginger lily in partial shade or full sun in rich soil. Propagate via root cuttings.


Dahlia is a fragrant perennial from the aster/daisy family that is good for cut flower displays and containers. The plant gets 4 to 6 feet tall, depending on the variety, and has feathery leaves and 2- to 10-inch-wide flowers. Flowers are white, yellow, orange, red, pink, purple or mixed in color. Plant the dahlia bulb in full sun and a well-watered, well-drained soil. To propagate the dahlia, do spring tuber division or sow seed.

Cape Lily

Cape lily, or Crinum x powellii, is an evergreen perennial that is very easy to grow. Leaves are 3 to 4 feet long and straplike, with 4-inch-long funnel-shaped flowers. Flower color depends on the cultivar. Plant the cape lily bulb in rich moist soil and full sun or partial shade. Propagate the plant via division every three to five years in the fall season.

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About this Author

Tina Samuels has been a full-time freelance writer for more than 10 years, concentrating on health and gardening topics, and a writer for 20 years. She has written for "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living," and "Mature Years," as well as online content. She has one book, “A Georgia Native Plant Guide,” offered through Mercer University; others are in development.