Is it a crocus? Is it a daffodil? Sternbergias are, in fact, neither of these. They’ll flower soon after autumn planting, growing close to the ground but capturing attention with their vibrant blooms. And despite being among the lesser-known flowering bulb species, there’s nothing special you need to know before you grow them. They’re tough, tolerant and perfectly happy to grow like perennials, popping up, flowering, and then returning to dormancy before they repeat the entire process. They’ll give you their best at a time when most flowering plants are preparing for the winter, adding a much-needed touch of fresh colour when gardens tend to be rather dull!