If you want a change from daffodils and tulips or just something different to plant along side them you should consider growing some of the native bulbs. This group of plants are known as spring ephemerals because of their short growing season in their native woodland habitat. To learn more about these native bulbs read this article by Joyce Newman which I found on the Garden Collage website.

Before there was urban sprawl, suburbia, and triple-lane highways, there were lots of woodlands and meadows? home to a wide variety of native bulbs.
In early spring, before the big deciduous trees would leaf-out, lovely tiny flowers would blanket huge areas beneath the bare trees. Taking advantage of the sunshine and longer days, these bulbs had a small window of time in which to grow, flower, be pollinated, and produce seeds. By summer, most of the bulbs would be dormant. Thus, they are called spring ephemerals? here for a brief time, then gone.
We don?t get to see a lot of native ephemerals in the wild anymore, which may account for their growing popularity at native plant gardens, their protected status in woodland preserves, and new commercial trends towards more native plant nurseries. Still, if you take a walk through the woods in the next few weeks, you just might be surprised.

Go to the next page to see descriptions of these native spring flowering bulbs.