Large spikes of powerfully scented, wax-like flowers are crowded onto sturdy stems in spring.
From the time the first deep blue buds are seen until the last flower fades Hyacinths will work hard for their place in the spring spotlight. Sturdy and low growing, this lovely plant is ideal for exposed gardens and will grow well in seaside areas where the glossy, strap shaped leaves will shrug off salt winds. A classic cottage garden plant that has been grown for generations, Hyacinths are very versatile and can be grown in a sunny border or in a bed on their own for a more formal look. The flowers cleverly link spring into summer and are always at home in containers. Why not plant in a window box or place a container full near a door where the scent can be enjoyed?
A versatile spring bulb with an upright shape and heady scent that works well in containers and small spaces.
Plant Type: Spring Bulb
Hardiness: H6: Hardy - Very Cold Winter (-20C to -15C)
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): 30cm x 10cm (Mature age: 2 Years)
Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: Blue
Fragrant Flower: Yes
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Hazardous / Poisonous Information: Harmful if eaten/skin irritant
Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Loam, Sandy
Soil Drainage: Moist but Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun
Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Flower Beds & Borders, Containers, Courtyard Garden, Gravel & Drought Resistant Garden, Rock Garden
Season of Interest: Spring
Flowering (from - to): March - April
Hyacinths grow best in a sunny position and in well drained soil. Either remove the pot and plant into well prepared soil by digging a hole twice the size of the pot or simply plunge the pot into a border or larger container and remove it once the flowers have been enjoyed. Allow the flowers and leaves to die back naturally. Plant bulbs during autumn in holes 2-3 times the depth of the bulb. Because Hyacinths die back after flowering (known as 'summer dormant') they require very little watering but keep containers watered in dry weather whilst they are flowering. Hyacinths will slowly increase each year but the bulbs are best replaced after several years as the plants will produce smaller flowers over time.