Dense racemes of bright, blue flowers on dainty stems. They open early in the season, a welcome sight for gardeners and pollinators. They can even be picked for indoor display.
Grape Hyacinths or Muscari are great for rockeries, pots, nooks and crannies, along pathways, drifts, grass plantings or at the front of beds. The flowers look brilliant by themselves or planted with Miniature Daffodils. They are great combination plantings with big bulbs too.
Plant Grape Hyacinths in a full sun to part shade position, they will flower with just four hours sun a day, and in filtered light. A well drained humus rich soil is ideal but they will cope in poor soils as long as they have good drainage. Water them in, then natural rainfall should take care of the rest. The grass like foliage emerges late autumn to winter.
Grape Hyacinth bulbs are best left to naturalise, where they will multiply to form nice clumps. Add some general purpose fertiliser as the flowers are forming and again as they are fading to ensure good growth in the coming year.
They are known as Grape Hyacinths because the florets resemble a bunch of grapes; they also have a very light fragrance which is similar to fresh grapes. They are native to Mediterranean Europe and South Western Asia.
Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade