Garden and greenhouse enthusiasts have been told that they can kick-start spring by buying potted bulbs to be grown indoors or under glass.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, these can then be transplanted outside for an instant colourful garden when the warmer weather sets in.
These are readily available from garden centres, nurseries and supermarkets and can be ideal for brightening up windowsills or balconies until they are ready to be planted in the earth.
The plants should be acclimatised for a few days by being kept somewhere cold but dry before they are transplanted.
According to the online resource, hyacinths are perfect to locate near walkways and entrances due to their "heady fragrance".
Meanwhile, it also suggested that tulips and daffodils in bright colours can be the perfect way to bring some sunshine into your world.
In other news, neighborhoodnotes.com has revealed that Portland, Oregon, residents are able to attend free seminars on natural and safe gardening.