Planting bulbs in pots and containers gives everyone an opportunity to enjoy dazzling blooms in brilliant colours. They suit any garden, however big or small - even if your growing space is limited to a windowsill, balcony or doorstep.
Watch our video guide to planting bulbs in pots.
An advantage of growing bulbs in containers is that they can be a moveable feast, bringing pots that are at their peak to the fore, while discreetly moving the pots that have gone over out of sight. You can even enjoy a mini garden on a table top, with small bulbs - snowdrops, crocus and scillas.
If your garden is shady, concentrate on bulbs that enjoy shade, including woodland anemones, scillas, narcissi and snowdrops.
Here are Carol Klein's recommendations for bulbs to grow in pots.
How to plant: September to October. Try three bulbs to a 9cm pot.
Other varieties to try: All reticulata and histrioides varieties. 'Cantab' is pure blue; 'Natascha' is icy white.
Cram the corms in and you will be rewarded with a sea of flowers in February or March.
How to plant: Plant in October, in any pot, 1-2cm apart.Varieties to try: Any chrysanthus variety, such as the subtle 'Cream Beauty' or 'Gypsy Girl'.
Narcissi grow well in pots and bring cheer in early spring. Narcissus 'W.P Milner' is dainty but robust. Plant in September or October for flowers from March to April.
How to plant: Lot of bulbs in large containers make a real show. Plant closely.
Other varieties to try: Any triandrus variety, such as 'Ice Wings' or 'Hawera'.
Scillas produce vivid blue flowers in March to April. They are especially distinctive when grown in pots.
How to plant: Plant in September to October, three to five bulbs to a litre pot.
Varieties to try: Scilla bifolia has attractive crimson stems. Scilla peruviana has superb heads; it needs a deep pot.
There are many stunning varieties of muscari (grape hyacinth), flowering from March to April.
How to plant: Plant from September to October. Try three bulbs to a 9cm round pot.
Other varieties to try: All of the 'Magic' series - Blue, Ocean or White. 'Valerie Finnis' is a pretty pale blue.
Anemones are easier to grow in pots - they can be supported to prevent bent stems. They provide beautiful blooms from March to April.
How to plant: Soak the corms overnight before planting in September or October. Plant up to 10 in litre pots.
Others to try: Anemone coronaria 'De Caen Group' or 'Bordeaux'.
All tulips love the sharp drainage they get in containers, so if you can't grow them in your garden soil, this is a great way to grow them. Just make sure they have a sunny spot. They will flower in April or May, depending on the variety.
How to plant: October to November. Cram into clay pots for maximum impact.
Varieties to try: Darwins or other strong-stemmed types. Species tulips are shorter but look lovely, too.
Alliums look dramatic and architectural in pots - Allium schubertii in particular. They flower from May to June. Cut off the leaves when they start to shrivel or disguise behind other pots.
How to plant: Plant in deep pots in September to October.