Bulbs for hot summers

Max Withers maxwithers@gmail.com
Sun, 04 Nov 2012 21:01:21 PST
I will shortly move to Austin TX from Oakland CA, and am trying to imagine
gardening in an alternate universe. Many of my questions were answered by a
fantastic graph of monthly rainfall averages Lee Poulsen made:

Thanks Lee!

I do not think I will try to subject most most of my mediterranean climate
bulbs to the high summer heat and rainfall -- and Zone 8 winters. (Many of
them will end up on the BX, so keep an eye out next summer). There are a
few things I would like advice on.

Can Lilium candidum handle such hot wet summers? What about evergreen South
Africans? I'm considering bringing a few Cyrtanthus spp. in pots to keep
dry in winter -- can they handle summer heat if well-watered? Can
Tecophilaea handle zone 8 if I keep it somewhere cool in the summer?

I'm looking forward to Lycoris, Rhodophiala, Zephranthes, whatever Tony
Avent is selling. What other genera should I think about?

Max Withers

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