Garden Notes


2005 August 6
by mike

The hyacinth was originally native to the Middle East and was purportedly first cultivated by the ancient Greeks and Romans. The hyacinths grown in ancient times were far less showy than modern versions. Dutch hybridizers transformed the early sparse-flowered hyacinths into garden-worthy showpieces over a period of centuries.

The hyacinth blooms in relatively early spring, with its fragrant flowers available in a multitude of colors: red, blue, yellow, white, pink, and purple, to name a few. During their first year, the flowers are packed thickly around its central stalk. As the years go by, though, the flowers become less densly packed.

Hyacinths need well-drained soil and benefit from a sunny location. However, if they are being treated as annuals, they can be planted in a shadier location since the bulbs won’t need to recover for another season’s flowering.


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