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.
The Creative Gardener