By: Mitchell Knapp on August 4th, 2014
There are many perennial plants that have adopted well to extreme weather conditions in New Jersey, especially those that can still boast of the elegance of their blooms amidst the summer heat. Many of these are flowering bulbs utilized by creative NJ landscapers to ensure color and freshness during the hottest season of the year.
In horticulture, flowering bulbs refer to any flowering plant that grows from fleshy underground organs. The “organs” grow to form fleshy leaves that store food when water is unavailable, and bloom when the conditions are right.
Most bulbs blossom in early spring and in summer. Many are best planted in the fall, as their hardy properties allow them to survive through the winter with the nutrients they have stored up. The flowering bulbs you will likely see in New Jersey during the summer include hyacinths, daffodils, tulips, and lilies. Lilies, in particular, are favorite summer blooms, as identified by researchers from NC State University.
“Lilies (Lilium spp.) are excellent bulbs for the summer garden. There are about 80 species and several hundred cultivars available. They range in height from 2 to 8 ft. They are available in white, yellow, red, pink, orange, maroon, and various bicolors.”
Lilies can very well survive hot temperatures, as they feed from sunlight to grow straight upward. When the temperature soars, the depth with which their bulbs are planted serves to protect them from excessive heat. The same goes with another flowering bulb called tuberous begonia.
“Tuberous Begonias are one of the most spectacular of the summer flowering bulbs. Colors range from soft pastels to brilliant and electric solid colors. They can be used as bedding plants, in hanging baskets, or simply as flowers around trees in home lawns.”
The method and care for planting different bulbs vary, but expert NJ landscape designers, such as those in Scenic Landscaping LLC, are well-versed on these. You can rely on these professionals to replant your garden with these annuals at the right time, and with the right conditions, to ensure they bloom in summer when you want them. If you are uncertain about which blossom to grow, you may make your selection from the nursery of these reputable companies.
(Source: Summer and Fall Flowering Bulbs for the Landscape, ces.ncsu.edu)