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Bulbs are an easy way to add color to your yard with little work from you. Dig a hole, and you’re pretty much set for pretty flowers with almost zero maintenance. Seriously. While you may have planted spring-blooming bulbs such as daffodils and tulips last fall, other bulbs can be planted in the spring for blooms later this season. So, it’s not too late to fill your garden with summer flowers.

As you’re shopping for bulbs, you’ll see other botanical terms that are similar, such as corms or tubers. These are other types of storage adaptations that allow plants to reproduce and come back next year. But don’t worry; bulbs, corms and tubers are all planted the same way, no matter what they’re called (though you should read the plant tag or description to know how deep to plant each type).

When planting, wait until all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed up, which can be as late as May or early June in some parts of the country. And pay attention to your USDA Hardiness zone (find yours here). Some summer bulbs are considered “tender perennials,” which means they cannot survive freezing temperatures. For these, lift, or dig them up, before the ground freezes, and store indoors in a cool, dark place until the ground warms again next spring when you can replant them.

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Ready to get growing? Here are the best bulbs to plant in the spring:

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1. Canna Lily

  • How Much Sunlight It Needs: Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight per day)
  • Why We Love It: Dramatic foliage, exotic blooms in bright colors, tropical flair
These attractive perennials are fast-growing and deer resistant, plus they attract pollinators with their striking late-summer flowers. Canna Lillies look equally stunning at the back of borders or in large containers to provide privacy for a patio or deck. In climates colder than zone 8, dig them up and save for next spring.

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2. Caladium

  • How Much Sunlight It Needs: Part shade; morning sun OK
  • Why We Love It: Heat lover, striking foliage
Gorgeous, heart-shaped foliage in shades of hot pink, red, green and white make these a fun addition to any garden. Caladiums love, love, love the heat, so wait until the soil has warmed up to plant your tubers outdoors. Or plant indoors in pots about 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost for a head start. Dig tubers up before a frost in zones 7 and colder to save for next year, though many gardeners treat them as annuals. Smaller varieties can be brought indoors as houseplants over the winter.

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3. Anemone

  • How Much Sunlight It Needs: Full sun
  • Why We Love It: Exquisite blooms, attracts butterflies, deer resistant
Anemones can be planted in the fall in warm climates (zones 8 and warmer), but plant these corms in the spring in colder climates. They look best when planted in large drifts for maximum drama. They make gorgeous, long-lasting cut flowers, making them a prime pick to include in cutting gardens.

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4. Dahlia

  • How much Sunlight It Needs: Full sun
  • Why We Love It: Attracts pollinators, hundreds of sizes, colors, and varieties
Dahlias are amazing flowers that come in every size from teeny pom-pom types to giant dinner-plated sized ones. They bloom from late summer to early fall and make stunning long-lasting cut flowers. In cold climates, lift the bulbs before a frost to save for next year.

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5. Crocosmia

  • How Much Sunlight It Needs: Full sun
  • Why We Love It: Easy-to-grow, attracts pollinators, blooms from midsummer to fall
Hummingbirds love this beautiful flower! Crocosmia can reach 48 inches tall, so keep them in the back of borders. Lift the corms before a frost in cold climates.

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6. Daylily

  • How Much Sunlight It Needs: Tolerates part shade but blooms better in full sun
  • Why We Love It: Super-tough, low maintenance perennial
If you can’t grow much of anything, try daylilies. These beautiful midsummer bloomers come in almost every color, from pale pink to lemon yellow to deep burgundy, and they attract butterflies and hummingbirds. However, they’re also a favorite of deer, so avoid planting these if Bambi is a regular visitor to your garden.

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7. Elephant Ear

  • How Much Sunlight It Needs: Part shade, though morning sun is OK
  • Why We Love It: Dramatic foliage with tropical flair
If you’re looking for a real statement-maker, elephant ears belong in your garden. The gigantic leaves (which look like elephant ears, of course) can reach 6 feet tall, depending on the variety. They need consistent moisture throughout the summer, or they’ll wilt. In cold climates, dig the tubers up before a freeze and save for next year.

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8. Asiatic Lily

  • How Much Sunlight It Needs: Full sun but will tolerate a little shade
  • Why We Love It: Low-maintenance; cold-hardy to zone 3
Asiatic lilies bloom in early summer and come in a variety of gorgeous shades from pale pastels to hot pink to eye-popping orange. They’re not strongly scented and are the shortest of the lilies, so plant them at the front of borders.

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9. Oriental Lily

  • How Much Sunlight It Needs: Full sun
  • Why We Love It: Strong fragrance, low maintenance, cold-hardy to zone 3
These fragrant lilies begin to bloom in mid-summer to late summer after the Asiatic lilies are wrapping up their show. They’re a taller type an can reach up to 4 feet in height, so keep them at the back of borders.

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10. Begonia

  • How Much Sunlight It Needs: Part sun to full shade
  • Why We Love It: Easy-to-grow, long-lasting blooms from summer to frost
Begonia tubers can be planted outdoors after the last frost or indoors to give them a head start. They’re low maintenance plants that come in an astonishing array of colors and sizes. Bring the plants indoors as houseplants over the winter, or dig up the tubers in cold climates to save and replant next spring.

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11. Peacock Orchid

  • How Much Sunlight It Needs: Full sun
  • Why We Love It: Late summer blooms, fragrant
Striking white flowers with burgundy centers top long, elegant stems on these late summer bloomers. They’re lovely in mixed borders and make an excellent fragrant flower for cutting gardens. Lift the bulbs before winter in zones 5 and colder.

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