Every garden should have some of these early season sensations. 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. In gardens or pots they are easy companions for tulips and daffodils.
Dense racemes of bright, blue flowers on dainty stems. They open early in the season and are a welcome sight for gardeners and pollinators. They can be picked for indoor display – even the seed heads look good in a vase.
A well drained humus rich soil is ideal but they will cope in poor soils as long as they have good drainage. Plant Grape Hyacinths in a full sun to part shade position, they can flower with just four hours sun a day, and in strong, filtered light. 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. Adding some general purpose fertiliser as the flowers are forming will 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 musk. They are native to Mediterranean Europe and South Western Asia.
This is our recommendation for the best display, keeping in mind bulbs look best when planted nice and close together.
14cm/6” = 15 bulbs
20cm/8” = 30 bulbs
25cm/10” = 50 bulbs
See here for more hints and tips:
Top Ten Tips on How to Plant your Spring Bulbs in Pots
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Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade