A wide and diverse range of plants comes under the moniker of summer-blooming bulbs. Most are grown for their flowers, but many also have standout foliage. Some are true bulbs, while others may officially be corms, rhizomes, or tubers. Whatever their botanical correctness, this is a group of plants that no garden should be without. To learn about selecting, using, growing, and caring for them, visit the Web site of the Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center.
Bulbs for the Summer Garden
Although there are scores of books on bulbs, the best one focusing on the bulbs of summer is Summer-Blooming Bulbs: 60 Spectacular Bloomers for Your Summer Garden, edited by Beth Hanson (Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 2001; $9.95). Besides an encyclopedia section, there also is information on year-round care, propagation, garden design, naturalizing, container growing, and pests and diseases.