Planted in fall, hyacinths bloom in mid-spring, filling the garden with a burst of pastel colors just as most of the garden is just waking up. Their scent is so intoxicating that they are called “nature’s perfume”. Like most perennial bulbs, they are easy to grow and keep coming back year after year! Hyacinths are also great for pot gardens. Here is a guide to growing and caring for hyacinths.
About hyacinths and grape hyacinths
Hyacinths (Hyacinthus): Originally a light blue or purple flower, hyacinths now come in a rainbow of colors including lilac, pink, white, cobalt blue, cream, apricot and even a crimson hue. Each hyacinth bulb generally produces a flower stalk that is 8 to 10 inches tall. Hyacinth’s loose to dense clusters of highly fragrant flowers can be densely packed single or double flowers.
Grape hyacinths (muscari) are not directly related to true hyacinths, but they also flower in mid-spring and have the same care requirements. This little wonder has small clusters of bell-shaped cobalt blue flowers.
Because hyacinths are one of the first to bloom, they look best at the front of a perennial garden, near the front door, along a walkway, or in mixed borders. These beauties are also great choices for pots and planters. Hyacinths also make wonderful cut flowers and look stunning in bouquets. Since the flowers are famous for their fragrance, you can bring the sweet scent of spring inside!
The Victorians revered hyacinths for their sweet, lingering fragrance and planted them carefully in low beds in rows of one color at a time. In general, hyacinths are said to symbolize playfulness, sport and recklessness, although the meaning is color dependent. Learn more about the meaning of flowers.