Bulbs are a great way to add a splash of color to your garden in the spring. Before you buy your annuals and before your perennials are ready to flower, bulbs have started pushing their pretty heads through the soil. Crocuses and daffodils are the heralds of spring and beds of tulips add all the colors of the rainbow to your garden. Bulbs are very popular and numerous hybrids of each flower exist. The ones here are just a sampling of what awaits you in the world of bulbs. Keep in mind that many bulb flowers are extremely poisonous. Don't allow small children or pets near them unsupervised.
Tulips (''Tulipa'' spp.) have been grown for hundreds of years. The name may originate from a mispronunciation of the Persian word for turban. There are scores and scores of cultivars available, in colors from snow-white to dark reddish purple. They are best suited to areas with cold winters.
''Narcissus'' spp. are the golden-headed harbingers of spring. Like tulips, they do best in temperate climates with cold winters. Some varieties have a sweet, beautiful fragrance, while others are almost fragrance-free. Unlike tulips, however, you can get daffodils in any color you want as long as it's yellow (or white). From crisp, clean paperwhites to deep saffron orange, daffodils are like sunshine in your garden.
Lilies make a statement without saying a word, and with more than a hundred different species, you'll be sure to find the one that says exactly the right thing! They do best in temperate and sub-tropical regions, and are lovely as borders or as patio plants.
Hyacinths are highly fragrant and long-lasting. They come in a variety of colors and are great in flower beds or as houseplants, but do best in areas with cold winters.
Because of its many possible colors, the iris takes its name from the Greek word for rainbow. If you live in a temperate climate, they would be a perfect addition to your garden. They are especially fond of moist areas and are often seen growing wild along rivers and ponds.