06/27/2013 08:38 am ET Updated Aug 27, 2013

7 Tropical Bulbs For A Summer Garden That Wows


Traditional bulbs may wither in the heat of summer, but that's when bulbs from the subtropics really shine. They're useful for adding bold and dramatic colors and patterns to gardens anywhere; in temperate regions they can be dug up in fall and replanted in spring, and in warmer climates they can be left in the ground indefinitely as returning perennials. They also make great replacements for gardeners in warmer climate zones, who can't grow typical springtime bulbs like the crocus or daffodil. Most of the plants listed here are technically known as corms, rhizomes and tubers, but they're grouped together as bulbs for simplicity's s