We all love tulips! Can we grow them as perennials in warm weather climates? Yes! Can we force bloom annual tulips and enjoy them in the spring? Yes!  Are ALL tulips perennials in warm climates? No.

The truth is, most folks think of the Darwin hybrid tulips with their large cups and wide variety of color selections.  We see these in formal gardens, botanical gardens, or occasionally in home gardens. The blooms are spectacular, but those bulbs are pulled up and thrown away each year. There is a place for those tulips in our gardening lives, just like there is a place for pansies and other "color" plants that we change out each year.  We appreciate those tulips and even offer a few selections for sell.

We also focus on perennial tulips.  Yes, there are tulips that are perennials in warmer climates.  The heat is not what kills tulips in the summer time.  Normally, either the moisture causes tulips to rot or the varmints eat them (they are VERY tasty bulbs to animals).  So, the key to perennial tulip success lies in 1) the proper selection of bulbs and 2) planting those bulbs in elevated areas that drain well and are high in clay/rock content (i.e. varmints can't dig their way or tunnel their way to them). 

The proper selection of bulbs generally includes more species selections, such as Tulipa clusiana or Tulipa praecox. The naturally occurring soil conditions for perennial tulip success are typically the prairie backland clay soils, like the types we find in Waco down to Austin or in parts of Mississippi. These were traditionally great cotton growing soils.  Have fun browsing our selections, and make sure you note the difference between annuals and perennials in our descriptions.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call us at 888-285-2486 or email at info@southernbulbs.com!

Tulipa bakeri 'Lilac Wonder'


Contact info@southernbulbs.com to be on the waiting list for this product. 'Lilac Wonder' tulip displays soft pink petals with a strong yellow base in a combination that will take your breath away. It hasn’t been as tough as the other...

Gift Kit - Tulip Forcing Kit (Small)


  Tulips Forcing Kit! (1 Bulb in a Terracotta Pot) We love these gift sets because they brighten up the house or patio the second they arrive and are planted. Visitors will say "I love that pot, where did you get it?"  A few weeks later, as...

Tulipa clusiana var. Tubergens Gem


'Tubergen's Gem' is a jewel of a flower with a velvet like dark yellow and red yellow combination of petals. The Tubergen’s is another mid-to-late March bloomer along with the other tulips. Perhaps it has only a slightly different form and style from...

Tulipa clusiana 'Lady Jane'


  'Lady Jane' blooms in mid-March with a bold impact on the landscape shouting spring. It is one of our most sought after bulbs, and is normally thought of as a species tulip although its exact classification is not with the rest of the species...

Tulipa 'Van Eijk'


Dark pink-to-red mid-spring bloomer is sure to add "pop!" to your garden. Makes a terrific border or stand-alone display. Provides a lovely, single- year bloom (not perennial). Pre-chilled bulbs!   Contact info@southernbulbs.com to be on the...