Squeeze a few summer-flowering bulbs into your garden, they take up very little space and reward you with bursts of colour until autumn!

Begin to plant summer flowering bulbs in borders and containers in early spring, just as the weather starts to warm up.

Most bulbs should be planted at 3 times their depth. Space them approximately 2 to 3 bulb widths apart.

The majority of bulbs prefer well-drained soils (as they are susceptible to rotting) and they grow best in soil mixed with compost.

Summer bulbs are usually on sale from early spring. How to choose them? Healthy bulbs will feel firm and show no signs of mould or damage. Choose bigger bulbs, they will produce bigger blooms.

Aim to plant dry bulbs directly after purchase. Summer bulbs generally like a warm, sunny position and are ideal for growing in patio containers. These can then be lifted in winter and stored.

There are plenty of summer bulbs to choose from: Gladioli, Dahlias, Oriental Lily, Peony, Crocosmia, Polianthes, Agapanthus, Begonia, Freesia, Scadoxus, Daylily and Bearded Iris.