Best bulbs for Christmas flowering – 6 blooms to spread joy

1. Amaryllis

Amaryllis is one of the easiest bulbs to plant for Christmas flowering and, like many tropical plants, are best grown indoors. 'It is likely that bulbs bought as a boxed set (i.e. with bulb(s), pot and fiber included) will come with instructions.

2. Hyacinth

One of the best spring bulbs, hyacinths can also be grown for Christmas blooming. 'Hyacinths are a deliciously scented flower to have in the house in late winter,' says florist Jess Lister of Aesme Studio. 'Use them either as cut flowers tucked into the center of bowl arrangements, or leave them growing as bulbs in pots or vases. If you’re growing your own you can often find some really special, nuanced colors from bulb suppliers, from pale creamy yellow to apricot and salmon,' says Jess.

3. Narcissi Paperwhite

One of the easiest bulbs for Christmas flowering, Paperwhite Narcissus differ from other bulbs in that they have minimal preparation requirements. 'Paperwhite Narcissus do not need chilling and can simply be grown on a warm sunny windowsill,' explains Mick Lavelle.

4. Snowdrops

One of the best bulbs for Christmas flowering, snowdrops can be grown both indoors and outdoors. In milder climates, snowdrops can bloom in December. Opt for Very Early or Early varieties which will bloom earlier than traditional varieties. Snow varieties including 'Earliest', 'Earliest of All', and 'November Merlin' are all good choices.

5. Crocus

Available in an array of colors from bright whites to vibrant purples and pinks, crocuses are some of our favorite bulbs for Christmas flowering. As with any bulbs for Christmas flowering, it is important to note the flowering times of individual varieties: species crocuses bloom before the larger Dutch types. Crocus sublimis 'Tricolor' is one of the earlier varieties. If you are hoping to plant crocus, then it's important to know when to plant crocus – especially if you're hoping for late December blooms.

6. Winter Acconite

With their cheery yellow faces, Winter Acconites are one of the best winter flowers. Best grown outdoors, they can tolerate zones 4-9.

'Winter aconite bulbs produce golden, cup-shaped flowers surrounded by a green collar of leaves. In fact, they look just like buttercups, except they flower in the depths of winter. They love moist soil and a shady position, so they're perfect for planting among trees,' says experts at Gardening Express.

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