Summer-blooming bulbs and packaged perennials has arrived, and selection is at its absolute best right now. These showy beauties - including Dahlias, Gladiolas and Lilies - should be planted in the next two months for gorgeous summer blooms. Other fun and colorful summer-blooming bulb choices include Callas, Cannas, Freesia, and Ranunculus, as well as Tuberous Begonias, which are due in early February. Now is also a great time to buy certain perennials in packaged bareroot form, at almost half the cost of their containerized counterparts later in the year. These include Astilbes, Bleeding Hearts, Clematis, Hostas, Peonies (herbaceous and tree types), and Japanese Iris. The best part? All of these summer-blooming bulbs and perennials do well in our mild-winter area - no digging up, chilling or replanting is necessary. Provided with decently-draining soil, regular water, occasional fertilizer, and (of course!) gopher protection, they should reappear reliably for years.