Answer: You're right, tulips don't do well here, nor do dahlias. Don't waste your money. Most bulbs will perform better with morning sun and protection from the hot afternoon sun. Cannas can be left in the ground year around, but they look a little "ragged" during the summer. Canna can be planted in the spring. Ranuncula and dutch iris should be planted in the fall (Oct-Nov) for spring bloom. Calla are starting to show up here in the nurseries, but they are a bit marginal for the low desert for my tastes. Definately they would need a protected location. Daylilies also need protection from hot afternoon and summer sun. Crinum would give you a similar bloom, but they seem to do better here. Again, they like protection. Another terrific bulb plant that you might want to consider is rain lily (Zephyranthes). It grows without fuss and will take sun. Bearded iris also do extremely well. Most bulbs are left in the ground here. Good luck!
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