Sunday, March 08, 2009


In a continued series on potted bulbs I wanted to elaborate on Hyacinths. I generally grow several pots of Hyacinths a year strictly for their fragrance. Nothing is more welcoming than a pot in full bloom located by the front door were guests enter. Plus, I get to enjoy the flowers fragrance every time I go by too. Hyacinths (Hyacinthus orientalis), along with tulips, are often grown as annual because they regularly don't match the vigour they have in their first year. So, at my garden after they finish blooming the bulbs are discarded into the compost pile making room for summer colour in those same pots.
The above pictured hybrids are H. orientalis 'City of Haarlem' (yellow) and H. orientalis 'Gipsy Queen' (peach). I really don't have any recommended favorites when it comes to Hyacinths generally choosing what every is available at the local garden center.

amarissimus - meaning very bitter
plants with this word - Salvia amarissimus


Shady Gardener said...

Hi Bob! I'm so glad you're finding time to post again! :-) So, my question is... do you find your compost pile beautifully sprouted with any of these hyacinths the following Spring??

Shady Gardener said...

I also meant to add that I love the idea of potted hyacinths by the door. My hubby cannot tolerate highly fragranced blossoms indoors, so outdoors (right by the door!) would be a great idea. (And even if you feed the bulbs, they wouldn't return as vigorously the next year??)
too bad.

Bob said...


Sometimes, especially for grape hyacinths with I will be posting about in the near future. Glad you liked the idea with these fragrant beauties placed by the door.
As always I love it when you stop by. Thanks!

It always nice to know people are reading the blog and hopefully getting ideas.

Take care, Bob

Catherine said...

I Love Hyacinths~Love their fragrance, form, & the lovely blues you can get! They are my favorite Spring flower!
Nice pics!

lisa said...

It's always seemed a waste to me, discarding bulbs as annuals. But I have never gotten anything but pitiful blooms from hyacinths, no matter how much I fertilize them. Their fragrance is worth the effort for sure!

KC MO Garden Guy said...

Great ideal Bob! Haven't though about putting them by the door. Do you have any special tips on how to force the bulbs or do you just leave them in the pots outside and let nature do its thing?

Bob said...

Cliff, I let them do there thing and leave them outside.

Nate said...

Bob, nice hyacinths you've got there. You live in the seattle area? I wanted to buy my mom a potted hyacinth, maybe two, but I've been having trouble finding one. Any idea where I might be able to get some already potted hyacinths before sunday?
I live just north of seattle. Any help would be appreciated.


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