The fragrance of Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis), like some Oriental and Orienpet lilies, can either cause you to swoon or gag. Some find the fragrance intoxicating – others find it overpowering. Hyacinth is one of the longest-lived spring blooming bulbs. They come in all colors from white, cream, pink, deep purple, lavender, apricot, cobalt blue and wine red. ‘Woodstock’ has breathtaking beet red flowers held on dark stems. Depending on the zone, Hyacinths bloom in early to mid-spring.
There are three commonly sold varieties of Hyacinth:
Single Hyacinths : These are the most commonly available – the classic Hyacinth. ‘Gypsy Queen’ is a head-turner with huge warm coral flowers.
Double Hyacinths : These blooms are very dense, composed of double-petaled florets. ‘Blue Tango’ has soft blue/purple flowers.
Multiflora Hyacinths: Unlike the above two varieties, these are airier and less formal, plus there are numerous stalks per bulb. ‘White Festival’ has up to 20 stalks per bulb.
Hyacinths can be easily forced to enjoy inside during the winter months. You just need to purchase pre-cooled bulbs for this purpose. Brent and Becky’s Bulbs offers numerous gorgeous selections (as well as the varieties featured here)
Hyacinths flower best in full sun and well drained soil. They are hardy in Zones 4 – 8 and deer resistant.
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