Some bulb species require chilly winters in order to produce the best blooms. Gardeners with a little fridge space to spare can pre-chill bulbs and still get good blooms, but there are also several great bulb species and varieties that will thrive in warmer climates without cold treatment.

Many daffodil and narcissus varieties are quite happy to flower after warm winters. Try these warm- climate winners:

Yellow daffodils: Dutch Master, Jetfire, February Gold, Tahiti
White daffodils: Ice Follies, Thalia, Mount Hood
Narcissus: Avalanche, Erlicheer, Bridal crown

Daffodils are surprisingly tolerant of warm weather. Not sure if your favourite cultivar will grow in a warm climate? Check in with us.

Tulips don’t do as well in warm climates, but you can overcome this by pre-chilling the bulbs. Give it a try! You’ll be the envy of your neighbours. If you’re feeling very generous, you can share your little trick with them.

Dutch Iris
You can really get creative with Dutch Irises in warmer climates. Choose a mixture or get intense blues, rich purples, golden yellows or white cultivars for a more formal look. You can even leave them in the ground during dormancy.

These sweetly-scented blooms can cope with warm winters if pre-chilled. Most people think of hyacinths as being blue, white or pink, but we’ve got some unusual options like ‘Woodstock’ (rich beetroot-purple), ‘Yellow Queen’ and ‘Gipsy Queen’ (soft orange).

If you live in one of the warmer climate zones, you’ll be able to grow gorgeous Amaryllis bulbs outdoors – something your upcountry neighbours can’t do at all. Amaryllis are naturally adapted to warm climates, so you’re sure of success.

Ixias or African Corn Lilies come from South Africa and don’t need cold weather to produce a stunning riot of color in spring. You’ll love all the colors in the mixture and it’s great fun trying to spot new color combinations and shades as the blooms open.

If you’ve never grown Alliums before, you’ll discover what a treat you’re in for when they begin to bloom. There’s a stunning range of flower colors and growth forms and they’re all completely happy without any special treatment in warm climates.

The traditional snowdrop (Galanthus) doesn’t do all that well in warmer climates, but the very similar-looking Leucojum thrives and can even naturalize in your garden with ease. The flowering time is similar too, so you’ll hardly notice the difference, particularly if you choose the giant flowered, elite cultivar ‘Gravetye Giant’.

Arabian Starflower (Ornithogalum arabicum)
Great for the warmer zones, the Arabian starflower is perfect for adding a distinctive touch to beds, borders and rockeries. The pretty white blooms make good cut flowers too.

As you can see, there’s no need for gardeners in warmer climates to despair of having a gorgeous show of flowering bulbs. Many of the species that wouldn’t normally do well can be cold-treated and there’s also an excellent selection of bulbs that won’t need any special care to give you a stunning display of blooms.