Monday, April 5, 2010

Grape Hyacinths




You always know that spring has come when the Grape hyacinths start to bloom in the garden. They always add that beautiful splash of blue, mixed in with the colors of the tulips and daffodils. Grape hyacinths or Muscari armeniacum bloom in my zone 5 garden in April. The foliage looks similar to grass and the plant grows from about 6 to 9 inches tall. It's the flowers that really draws attention to this little plant. The deep blue flowers look great in a mass planting, in rock gardens, woodland gardens, as a companion plants to other spring flowering bulbs or for naturalizing. They grow in zones 3-10. Grape hyacinths grow in full sun or light shade in locations with rich, well-drained soil. Plant the bulbs in the fall about 3 inches deep and 3 to 4 inches apart. Grape hyacinths will thrive if left undisturbed and will multiply rapidly.They will benefit from the addition of some 12-12-12- fertilizer. The bulbs can be purchased at garden centers, nurseries or from online nurseries.



Happy Gardening!
The Creative Gardener

6 comments:

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

So pretty little blue blooms.I need to plant some of them and crocuses too.

Laura Gardens in Desert said...

Beautiful photo! I love grape hyacinths. I really like the photo with the daffodils and hosta too.

Cameron said...

I haven't tried these muscari. I do grow the Spanish bluebells here.

Lovely color!

Janet said...

Hi Debbie, while I don't have any Grape Hyacinth, I really like it. Not sure why I never bought any. Maybe I will just have to change that.

Crystal said...

Muscari are really wonderful and I wish I had planted more of these last Fall. I planted a whole row of fragrant Hyacinths as "edging" around a front garden bed, and they bloomed only 1 week and were done before my Tulips bloomed. Of course, I love fragrance, but I think Grape Hyacinths have such good looks and tend to blend right alongside Tulips creating a nice effect.

Elspeth said...

I really like the white muscari and plant them a lot here (naturalised). I was inspired by seeing them in Keukenhof (near Amsterdam). Nice blog btw!

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