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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold-hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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!

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