Bulbs that flower at summer time include Eucomis autumnalis with cylindrical spikes of green, cream or purple flowers and a ‘topknot’ of leaf bracts, giving rise to their everyday name of pineapple lily. They make an attractive and unusual grouping under trees.
The umbels of rose-coloured flowers of the March lily (Amaryllis belladonna) appear in late summer and early autumn before the leaves. This is a true bulb that resents disturbance and may not flower for several seasons after transplanting. Nerine bowdeni, with tall stems of pink flowers is best planted in groups with bulbs just below the surface of the soil. Only divide and replant when clumps become overcrowded, as the plants take a while to settle down.