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Some Summer Bulbs for Cut Flowers

During the early summer months many kinds of bulbs that are suitable as cut flowers begin to bloom. Here are just a few for cutting gardens.


Arum

This is one of those rare bulbs that deserve more popularity as a cut flower. The blossoms resemble those of jack-in-the-pulpit, which is a relative. The stems reach 1½ feet in height.

During the early summer, the blossoms emerge. These are perfect for summer floral designs.

If the stems aren’t cut, these will produce lovely bunches of shiny orange-red berries crowded together towards the top of the stalk. These make a striking floral as well.

This plant is hardy for zones five through nine. It will grow in full sun and partial shade. Arum needs to be kept evenly moist, and is resistant to deer.


Camassia

Also known as Indian hyacinth or Indian lily, this has tall flower stems that reach three feet in height. The regal spikes are crowded with hundreds of ruffled, delicate looking florets. Star shaped, they can be white or purple. Sometimes, they are semi-double. Some kinds have very colorful stamens.

These are hardy to zones three through nine. They are suitable for full sun and partial shade, and resists deer. The plants are native to some areas of the country.


Mountain lily

Also known as Siberian lily, this bears fragrant, trumpet-shaped blooms in early summer. These are clustered together in umbels mostly at the tops of the stems, which are 1¼ feet tall. The lilac blooms are up to 1½ inches wide.

This plant is hardy in zones five through nine. It does best in partial shade to full sun. Native to western Asia and Siberia, mountain lily is unbothered by deer.


Summer snowflake

These tiny, white, bell-shaped blooms resemble those of lily-of-the-valley though they bloom some months later. They make an excellent cut flower, lasting for about a week.

They dangle from the top of the flower stems, which are almost a foot in height.

Opening in early summer, summer snow flake is hardy to zones four through nine. These can be grown in full sun to partial shade. They are resistant to deer.

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