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Tulip, single early hybrids - ok for zone 8, likes part sun and sun, bulb, spring bloom, fragrant, good for containers, low maintenance.
Shasta Daisy, Crazy Daisy. Frilly summer perennial, great for cut flowers. Huge daisies, 3" across, frillier than anything ever seen before. Dozens of petals twist and turn, with no two flowers exactly the same. Blooms in summer and makes an excellent cut flower.