Keep up to date with
Garden Gate
Keep up to date with
Garden Gate

Special Gift Offer
Share Article:

12 bulbs for gardeners in every region

By: Garden Gate staff
No matter where you live, learn which plants will flourish in your garden.

Not sure where to plant bulbs? Look through our gallery to see some tough spots and difficult situations you might encounter and which bulbs to plant where.

Ready to buy some bulbs this year? Check out our shopping tips and Best mail-order web sites!

Cold winters

Live in USDA 3? These bulbs take cold winters in stride!

  • Crocus Crocus vernus (in photo)
    Cold zones 3 to 8, heat zones 8 to 1

  • Glory-of-the-snow Chionodoxa lucilae
    Cold zones 3 to 9, heat zones 9 to 1

  • Siberian squill Scilla siberica
    Cold zones 2 to 8, heat zones 8 to 1

Dry soil

Here are bulbs that can take periods of drought and still bloom beautifully.

  • Allium Allium spp. and hybrids
    Cold zones 3 to 9, heat zones 9 to 1

  • Grape hyacinth Muscari armeniacum
    Cold zones 4 to 8, heat zones 8 to 1

  • Spring starflower Ipheion uniflorum (in photo)
    Cold zones 5 to 9, heat zones 9 to 1

Warm winters

Tulips need to chill so can be difficult to grow in some areas, but these bulbs are more tolerant of warm winter temperatures.

  • Freesia Freesia laxa
    Cold zones 8 to 10, heat zones 12 to 1

  • Persian buttercup Ranunculus asiaticus (in photo)
    Cold zones 8 to 11, heat zones 12 to 1

  • Spanish bluebells Hyacinthoides hispanica
    Cold zones 4 to 9, heat zones 9 to 1

Wet soil

Most bulbs do best in dry areas. But these will tolerate moist to wet soil.

  • Checkered lily Fritillaria meleagris
    Cold zones 4 to 9, heat zones 9 to 1

  • Quamash Camassia quamash (in photo)
    Cold zones 4 to 10, heat zones 10 to 1

  • Spring snowflake Leucojum vernum
    Cold zones 4 to 8, heat zones 8 to 1

Cold winters

Live in USDA 3? These bulbs take cold winters in stride!

  • Crocus Crocus vernus (in photo)
    Cold zones 3 to 8, heat zones 8 to 1

  • Glory-of-the-snow Chionodoxa lucilae
    Cold zones 3 to 9, heat zones 9 to 1

  • Siberian squill Scilla siberica
    Cold zones 2 to 8, heat zones 8 to 1

Warm winters

Tulips need to chill so can be difficult to grow in some areas, but these bulbs are more tolerant of warm winter temperatures.

  • Freesia Freesia laxa
    Cold zones 8 to 10, heat zones 12 to 1

  • Persian buttercup Ranunculus asiaticus (in photo)
    Cold zones 8 to 11, heat zones 12 to 1

  • Spanish bluebells Hyacinthoides hispanica
    Cold zones 4 to 9, heat zones 9 to 1

Dry soil

Here are bulbs that can take periods of drought and still bloom beautifully.

  • Allium Allium spp. and hybrids
    Cold zones 3 to 9, heat zones 9 to 1

  • Grape hyacinth Muscari armeniacum
    Cold zones 4 to 8, heat zones 8 to 1

  • Spring starflower Ipheion uniflorum (in photo)
    Cold zones 5 to 9, heat zones 9 to 1

Wet soil

Most bulbs do best in dry areas. But these will tolerate moist to wet soil.

  • Checkered lily Fritillaria meleagris
    Cold zones 4 to 9, heat zones 9 to 1

  • Quamash Camassia quamash (in photo)
    Cold zones 4 to 10, heat zones 10 to 1

  • Spring snowflake Leucojum vernum
    Cold zones 4 to 8, heat zones 8 to 1

Share Article:

Explore by Tag

bulbs drought-tolerant wet-soil

Related Articles


You Might Also Like…