Grape Hyacinths and Daffodils
Create a colorful, diverse display of spring color with Hyacinths and Daffodils. Planted in fall, these two varieties complement each other well with bold, vibrant colors that pop up at the same time each year, and multiply each season. Hyacinths and Daffodils are also deer resistant, making them a great choice for those of you who struggle with hungry critters in your yard.
Hyacinths and Daffodils in Action:
As you can see, Daffodil Bulbs are larger than Grape Hyacinth bulbs and should be planted deeper. We refer to this layering technique as 'lasagna planting'; it can be done either in a container or directly in the ground. While these two bloom at the same time, you can also layer bulbs with different bloom times to ensure a colorful display throughout the entire season.
One of the reasons that daffodils and hyacinths are such a sure bet in your landscape, is that they follow one of art's safest color-combining strategies: using Complementary Colors. Yellow daffodils and purple hyacinths lie directly across from one another on the 'color wheel'. Of course, as you'll see below, rules are meant to be broken!
Grape hyacinths are another great choice for pairing with daffodils. Unlike their regular hyacinth 'cousins', these plants are part of the muscari family. Their tightly-packed blooms resemble a bunch of grapes; the name Muscari, however, comes from the Greek for musk, as these beautiful, small edging plants carry a sweet scent. But if you're looking for a strong and noticeable fragrance in your garden, choose regular hyacinths!
Daffodils & Pink Hyacinths
Another favorite choice for pairing with daffodils are any one of the multitude of colors available. Perhaps your garden would do better with a pop of pink or classic white? No problem! In the modern world of plant breeding, you're able to craft a color combintaion with your daffodils that speaks to your personality, design concept, or whim of the moment. Whatever you'd like to say, you can definitely say it with hyacinths!
Another great option is to plant a colorful mix! Instead of going for the classic combination with your daffodil planting, you can always choose to put in a hyacinth marriage made of many varied colors, all due to come into bloom at the same time.