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.