An easy how to guide to planting bulbs in May for vibrant spring displays in the garden.
Easy to grow in pots and gardens, spring-flowering bulbs are a mix of true bulbs, corms, rhizomes and tubers.
Bulbs are sold singularly or in packs at nurseries, from 25 cents to $3 for rarer types.
Mail-order companies tend to have a wide range, including rare types for collectors. C
hoose plump, well-formed ones without signs of mould and store in a cool, dry place.
Spring bulbs tend to suit cooler climates, including tulip, daffodil and hyacinth, but there are some for warmer areas, such as babiana, jonquil, freesia, snowflake, Spanish bluebell and grape hyacinth.
Some like freesia self-seed so don't plant near the bush.