During the Renaissance, artists began to depict plants in terms of their specific characteristics and the intricacy of their composition.
Learn about the tulips of the Netherlands, on this Focus on Flowers.
A flemish botanist took the bulbs to the Netherlands and they became a status symbol in the gardens of wealthy Dutch families.
Whether you prefer the large hyacinths that are synonymous with the Dutch, or the smaller ones beloved by the Brits, do plant some hyacinth bulbs this fall.
Many flowering plants were first cultivated because they were useful rather than decorative.
Everything you could ever want to know about the crocus... on this Focus on the Flowers.