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All About Hyacinth Flowers

Hyacinths are spring-blooming bulbs with richly colored flowers and an incredible fragrance that can perfume your entire garden. They bloom in mid-spring at the same time as daffodils and early tulips, and come in a rainbow of colors including white, cream, pink, rose, apricot, lavender, cobalt blue, deep purple and wine red. Like other spring-flowering bulbs, hyacinths are easy to grow. Just plant the bulbs in fall to enjoy beautiful flowers the following spring.

Hyacinths bloom
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START WITH A BETTER BULB

When you compare two hyacinth bulbs side by side, it’s easy to see differences in quality. The bigger bulb on the left contains more stored food energy for the emerging plant. This means you will get a stronger stem and bigger flowers. Longfield Gardens supplies large, 15/16 cm hyacinth bulbs so you can enjoy the biggest, brightest blooms.

High angle flower pot of hyacinth Free Photo
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PLAN FOR SUCCESS

Sun or Shade: For the largest flowers and straightest stems, plant your hyacinths in full sun. The bulbs will also flower in light shade or half-day sun.

Hardiness Zone: Hyacinths are winter hardy in growing zones 4-8. In warmer climates, the bulbs need to be pre-chilled before planting. Learn more here: How to Grow Spring Bulbs in Warm Climates. Don’t know your growing zone? Reference the USDA Hardiness zone map here.

Soil Conditions: Like most spring-blooming bulbs, hyacinths should be planted in good soil that has a loose texture and is well-drained.

Tools and Hyacinth flowers pots
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WHERE TO PLANT HYACINTHS

Perennial Gardens: Hyacinths bloom when most gardens are still waking up. Planting groups of hyacinth bulbs at the front of a perennial garden will provide a welcome burst of color and give you an early start on the season.

Flower Beds and Walkways: Planting hyacinths near a doorway or along a walkway will let you enjoy their fragrance every time you pass by. For a knockout display of early spring color, mix and match hyacinths with daffodils, emperor tulips, early double tulips, and Muscari. 

Cutting Gardens: Plant extra hyacinths an area where you won’t mind cutting the flowers. This way you can enjoy their fragrance indoors as well as out. Hyacinths are long-lasting in a vase and look lovely on their own or mixed with tulips and other early spring blossoms.

Containers: Hyacinths are a great choice for pots and planters. As the bulbs come into bloom, you can move the containers to a prominent location where it's easy to appreciate the beauty and fragrance of the flowers.


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