The florist amaryllis (Hippeastrum) is a popular potted plant to grow in time to flower for Christmas to Valentine's Day in North America. Other plants that grow from bulbs are also in the amaryllis family, known as Amaryllidaceae. They may be grown in pots for indoor display or, if the climate is appropriate, outdoors as permanent parts of the flower border.
Daffodils (Narcissus spp.) are native to Europe and northern Africa, and over the last hundred years have been bred and selected to provide an array of flower shapes, colors and flowering times from late winter to mid-spring. The bulbs are planted in fall and are exposed to winter chill in the soil. They can be planted outdoors in the ground or in pots and exposed to cool temperatures and then "forced" by bringing them indoors to sprout and flower.
Native to South Africa, clivias (Clivia spp.) bear evergreen leaves that are strap-like and grow outdoors where no winter frost threatens. Depending on species, these bulbs yield their orange to yellow flowers any time from winter to midsummer. In cold winter regions, clivias are grown as potted houseplants and watered in a way to mimic their natural habitat to get them to produce their flowers. The bulbs' roots are best never disturbed.
Some people simply call spider lilies "crinum lilies" (Crinum spp.). These tropical plants, many native to South America, grow from large bulbs that produce evergreen leaves that look like swords. Their flowers are typically pure white and are held on long stalks. Each blossom in the flowering cluster have long slender petal and long stamens, making them look spider-like. Only the smaller-sized spider lily species, those that never grow taller than 2 to 3 feet tall, are best grown in pots indoors.