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To help gardeners understand which plants will grow well for them, the entire USA has been segmented into ‘Plant Hardiness Zones’. Knowing your zone number is helpful when shopping for plants because:

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Jewels of the Spring Garden: Grape Hyacinths

Grape Hyacinths

Like most Spring-Blooming Beauties, Grape Hyacinths create a show-stopping display of color and are fabulously easy to grow. We wanted to highlight a few reasons why we love these hardy, vigorous bulbs and also share a few of our favorite varieties with you.

Grape Hyacinths, also known as Muscari, create a true carpet of color in the late spring garden and are gorgeous planted in clumps. These beauties are also ideal companions for taller spring-blooming Bulbs or spring-flowering Shrubs such as Lilacs. Growing to be about 6-12 inches depending on the variety, Grape Hyacinths are fairly short and should be placed in the front of the garden. These easy-to-grow Bulbs are deer resistant and true perennials, returning year after year.

 

Fun Facts About Grape Hyacinths:

  • Muscari means musk in Greek, which makes sense for these scented beauties!
  • In Holland at the Keukenhof Gardens, there is an area called "Blue River." There are thousands of Grape Hyacinths planted so closely together, the area resembles a river.

Many picture traditional blue blooms when they think of Grape Hyacinths. Although the true blue blooms are a bold and cool look in the spring garden, there are many other colors to brighten up your space. Grape Hyacinths Pink Sunrise delight with light pink blooms and are lovely grouped with the white variety Album and the traditional, true blue variety.

Looking for something unique? Try the Giant Grape Hyacinths, the Delft Blue Mix, or Cotton Candy.

Whether you're planting a small space urban garden or have acres of land, Grape Hyacinths are a true staple in any spring garden. What experiences do you have growing Grape Hyacinths? Please share in the comments below or on our Facebook Page.

Happy Gardening!

2 thoughts on “Jewels of the Spring Garden: Grape Hyacinths”

  • Charlene

    When blooms are spent, and grass grows among them, what to do?
    If I pull the grass, I pull the little bulbs too!
    Do I do?

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    • Jenny

      Hi Charlene, that is a tricky scenario! I have a slightly wacky suggestion for you, which may or may not work depending upon the size of your area. If your area is small, you can actually cut the grass blades to the ground with scissors, preventing them from accessing sunlight and growing stronger. This works well when multiple seeds sprout in a single cell of a seed-starting tray. If you pull one seedling, you're likely to accidentally remove them all if their roots are growing close to one another. If this is too time-consuming, I would pull all, making sure that the grass is completely removed, and then re-plant the bulbs. Best of luck and happy gardening - Jenny

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