What bulbs will return in zone 7b?

lma84April 21, 2013

Hello Carolinians!

I am working on my first garden this year and was wondering if I could get some advice about my zone (7B). I want to try layering bulbs this fall and have heard that tulips will not rebloom here. Does anyone have some recommendations of reblooming bulbs? Since I am layering, I really don't want to have to dig up my bulbs at the end of each summer.


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Daffodils do fine.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 8:57PM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

gladiola do well also. elephant ear, hyacinth, crocus, grape hyacinth.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 7:39AM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

The tulips that Mom planted 30+ years ago still come up and bloom every year.

Her "Flags" as she called them, I think its actually Iris, have multiplied and reproduced every year too. I thinned them a few weeks ago and gave away about 150 of them.

She also planted some multiplying bulbs that keep coming back. I think they are paper whites, I'm not sure but they look like the same.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 1:17PM
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Take a look at some of the species tulips. They TEND to be longer lived than the general hybrid. There are exceptions to every rule, but our climate tends to favor other genuses than Tulipa. Most displays here in the southeast treat them as annuals then toss them in the compost. And even if they do perennialize, voles love them in my garden.

However, I have had good luck with all the bulbs listed before my post, as well as crocosmia/montbrettias, dahlias, amarcrinum, alliums and too many others to mention. Lots of possible combinations there!

This post was edited by kitfoxdrvr on Thu, Apr 25, 13 at 16:55

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 4:54PM
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I have tulips, daffodils, irises, gladiolas, Japanese and Siberian irises, hyacinths, grape hyacynths, Oriental and Asiatic lilies, dahlias, and don't know what else. I like to have something blooming all the time. But in my micro-environment, most elephant ears don't over-winter

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 9:03PM
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