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Wind Flowers. These have come back this year. They have a hard time getting through the magnolia litter, but that may be what's keeping them through the summer. Usually, you wouldn't expect to see them survive our hot summers. And last year was particularly hot and dry.
These tulips "clusiana" are one of the few that can survive in the south. This is their second year in my yard and are very healthy. I'd recommend these. "Lady Jane" They're sometimes called "wild" tulips in catalogs. http://www.colorblends.com/Wild-Tulips/