Tulips, crocus, hyacinth, daffodils...Place bulbs shoulder to shoulder across the surface of the soil, leaving no space between them. top off with more potting soil so the bulbs are just slightly below the surface. Water each container thoroughly. finish with a layer of mulch. Leave pots outdoors for winter chilling. The more exposure to cold the better they’ll bloom.

Tulips, crocus, hyacinth, daffodils...Place bulbs shoulder to shoulder across the surface of the soil, leaving no space between them. top off with more potting soil so the bulbs are just slightly below the surface. Water each container thoroughly. finish with a layer of mulch. Leave pots outdoors for winter chilling. The more exposure to cold the better they’ll bloom.

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Cool Blues Bulb Mix  This collection combines two outstanding garden colors in a Tulip and Muscari.

Cool Blues Bulb Mix This collection combines two outstanding garden colors in a Tulip and Muscari.

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What has to be considered in planning these displays?      Timing: bloom time (early, mid and late).  Color: Bright colors with dark, hot colors with cool, echo colors.  Size: Arrange heights for best advantage at bloom time.

What has to be considered in planning these displays? Timing: bloom time (early, mid and late). Color: Bright colors with dark, hot colors with cool, echo colors. Size: Arrange heights for best advantage at bloom time.

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Potted spring bulbs: Try this vibrant combination of contrasting tulips, 'Cafe Noir', 'Don Quichotte' and 'Cairo'. See our five favourite tulip combinations at http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/features/flowers/five-stunning-tulip-combinations/5073.html Photo by Sarah Cuttle.

Potted spring bulbs: Try this vibrant combination of contrasting tulips, 'Cafe Noir', 'Don Quichotte' and 'Cairo'. See our five favourite tulip combinations at http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/features/flowers/five-stunning-tulip-combinations/5073.html Photo by Sarah Cuttle.

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Bulbs that you force into bloom starting at this time of the year keep summer around a little longer and excite our souls with the promise of the upcoming spring.  Forcing bulbs indoors in the winter months is very simple and always worth the tiny amount of prep time they require.  Click through to find out how!

Bulbs that you force into bloom starting at this time of the year keep summer around a little longer and excite our souls with the promise of the upcoming spring. Forcing bulbs indoors in the winter months is very simple and always worth the tiny amount of prep time they require. Click through to find out how!

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