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Grape hyacinth

By: Garden Gate staff
If you’ve ever planted grape hyacinth in fall, you know that they sprout leaves in just a few weeks after planting.

Grape hyacinth

grape hyacinth muscari armeniacum

If you’ve ever planted grape hyacinths in fall, you know that they sprout leaves in just a few weeks after planting. This startles some gardeners the first time; they think they’ve planted them too early and all is lost now. It’s not; that’s just what they do. Grape hyacinth leaves are evergreen, sprouting in the fall and lasting until after their spring flowering.

Because the flowers are small, you’ll get the greatest impact by planting a mass of bulbs. Plant them along a path or front edge of a flower bed; anywhere you can enjoy their sweet fragrance. Grape hyacinths can also be planted in containers with other bulbs or annuals.

TYPE Bulb SIZE 6 to 8 in. tall BLOOM Midspring LIGHT Full sun to part shade SOIL Well-drained PESTS None serious HARDINESS Cold: USDA zones 4 to 8 Heat: AHS zones 8 to 1

Published: April 15, 2008
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