In horticultural circles, the term bulb is used universally for flowers that are planted using an underground vegetative portion of a plant, such as a bulb, corm, rhizome, root, or tuber. Because these plants regrow year after year, they are technically perennials. However, they are unique in their growth and culture. Consequently, they are treated here as a separate category of plants.
Bulb flowers are popular because they bring the very first color of spring following the colorless cold of winter. However, enjoyment of bulb blooms is not limited to early spring. Some varieties and species of bulbs bring color to the garden during summer and fall.
Bulbs can be used to create interest in any landscape. They can be successfully mixed with annuals, perennials, and shrubs. They mix well with rocks, fences, hardscapes, and other permanent landscape features. Some bulbs are effective in naturalized landscapes and are able to compete with other plants in an uncultured situation.
In these pages you will find quality, helpful information on selecting, planting, and caring for bulb flowers.