One of the best ways to break your garden out of the summer doldrums is to plant colorful summer-blooming bulbs and tubers, such as gladioli and tuberous begonias. Typically planted in the spring, these warm-weather bloomers usually don’t survive cold winters if the bulbs are left in the ground. However, one notable exception is Crocosmia.Despite its tropical origin, this vigorous perennial is hardy down to zone 5 and can stay in the ground year-round in all but the harshest climates, reliably blooming season after season. The lily-like flowers—in blazingly bright shades of red, orange and yellow—light up summer garden beds and borders and are especially irresistible to hummingbirds. Even when Crocosmia are not in bloom, their fountain-shaped clumps of spiky foliage offer contrasting form and vertical interest.