The Q&A Archives: Let God do the watering

Question: Which bulbs would do best in our windy southwest, where watering is not geneally done?

Answer: Yours is a good question. There are many spring flowering bulb plants which should be used here. Many of these plants are native to similar climates in the Middle East, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Turkestan, and Afganistan.

Some tulips will serve as annuals or short-lived perennials because they don't tolerate our heat. Other tulips, especially the species types rather than hybrids, should naturalize and persist as perennials. Daffodils naturalize well over most of the state, and there are many other bulb plants which will also do well. Siberian Squill, Galanthus, some of the ornamental alliums, grape hyacinth, crocus, and others should be used more over much of our state.

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