Hyacinths / Hyacinthus orientalis

hyablue (294x300)Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Delft Blue’ – This RHS Award of Garden Merit winner features classic porcelain-blue mid-spring flowers. When bringing forced hyacinths indoors try just a few, as more than 3 bulbs can create an overpowering fragrance. Hyacinths require an 11-14 week chilling period (35-48F) for forcing. Grows 8-12″ high. Hardy to zone 4.

102_6496 (297x300)Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Gypsy Queen’ (syn. ‘Gipsy Queen’) – An unusual colour in hyacinths with pale apricot-orange to salmon blooms (with subtle rose highlights) from March to April. This RHS Award of Garden Merit winner is also quite fragrant. Hyacinth bulbs are generally planted in the fall for flowers the following spring. Grows 8-12″ high. Hardy to zone 4.

102_6494 (296x300)Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Jan Bos’ – A popular hyacinth choice with intense crimson-red to reddish-pink blooms (from March to April) that really show well on those dull spring days and are fade resistant – lasting for about 3-4 weeks. One tip when planting hyacinths outdoors is to choose the smaller bulbs, as the blooms from large ones tend to fall over. Grows 8-12″ high. Zone 4.

hyacinthpink (295x300)Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Lady Derby’ – This hyacinth has softer pale pink flowers than most, with clustered single blooms being produced from March to April. It is an old cultivar and was introduced back in 1875 by V.H. Heen. Some people are allergic to hyacinth bulbs, so it’s best to wear gloves when planting to avoid skin irritation. Grows 8-12″ high. Hardy to zone 4.

102_6512 (296x300)Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Peter Stuyvesant’ – An eye-catching hyacinth with fragrant deep violet flowers (from March to April) with darker striping. It is absolutely gorgeous when planted with apricot-coloured winter pansies or violas. Hyacinths will naturalize quite well when given full sun with good drainage, and the foliage is allowed to die down before cutting. Grows 8-12″ high. Zone 4.

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