Unlike most other plants, bulbs have a long dormant period when they need little attention from gardeners. This period is also when most (with the exception of bulbs like snowdrops and bluebells) which need to be planted when still in leaf, or 'in the green', are planted.
For early spring colour, the end of September is the perfect time to plant bulbs like crocus, daffodils, hyacinths, anemones and scilla, but wait until November before planting later bulbs like tulips.
If you fancy some extra colour and fragrance indoors this Christmas, bulbs like hyacinth and paper white narcissus can be forced indoors a couple of months beforehand and are usually planted sometime in September depending on type. Before planting bulbs always check that they are healthy and plump - don't bother with any that are soft, shriveled or damaged. If you can, plant bulbs as soon as possible after buying or they will soon start to sprout. Always make sure that the bulbs you buy have come from reputable sources and haven'Ât been dug up from the wild.