A bulb is created when a plant sends its energy and nutrients below ground at the end of the growing season, like charging a battery.
It stores them over winter while the plant is naturally dormant. The following year, the energy in the bulb is ready and waiting for the plant to regrow and flower again.
This means that the quality of its new growth and flowering is already determined in the bulb.
You should try to buy the biggest, healthiest looking bulbs possible. When the plants begin to die back, don’t remove any wilting or yellowing plant leaves. They are busy sending their nutrients back into the bulb for next year.
Everyone is familiar with the big four spring flowering bulbs: Tulips, Crocus, Daffodils and Hyacinths.
But there are lots of other bulbs to bring colour and interest to your garden all year round.
Bulb displays bring a welcome splash of colour in early spring when very few other plants are in flower. They grow extremely well in containers and can make a real statement in your house or on the patio.
Try a pot full of daffodils, hyacinths or tulips in the same colour for impact. Muscari look elegant in containers too. If you’re planting in the garden border, create a group of six or seven bulbs together for a bold display.
And remember to take the plant’s height into account: taller at the back, shorter in front.
Bulbs are famous for their spring displays, but there are also bulbs that flower throughout the year.