Enjoy Sweet Fragrance and Color with Spring Hyacinths

Hyacinths are probably the most fragrant of the spring flowering bulbs and the wide range of color makes them a must for the spring garden. This is all about growing hyacinths outdoors, but prepared bulbs are sold by garden centers for indoor use so that their scent can be enjoyed even when the weather keeps you inside. This article by Linda Hagan covers general information about these plants as well as instructions on planting and aftercare. There are also ideas on the best ways to incorporate hyacinths into your garden. I found this on the Garden Design Magazine website.

Hyacinths are one of the easiest spring bulbs to grow. Although hyacinth plants are small, they pack a big punch of both color and fragrance in their clusters of blooms. There are many varieties available in several colors, including purple, white, yellow and pink.


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Generally 3-9, with some winter protection needed in zones lower than 5 and pre-chilling in fall required in zones higher than 7. (For tips on pre-chilling, see When to Plant in Care Tab)


6 inches to 1 foot tall, 3 to 6 inches wide


Full sun to light shade

Bloom Time:

March – April

Flower Color and Shape:

Single, double and multiflora blooms in shades of white, peach, orange, salmon, yellow, pink, red, purple, lavender, and blue.




In this mixed border hyacinths are combined with other spring bloomers including muscari, anemone and tulips. Photo by: RM Floral / Alamy Stock Photo.

Here are some ways to incorporate hyacinth flowers into your garden:

  • Due to their small size, hyacinths are best planted in groups in beds, borders, or rock gardens.
  • Their small shape and spiky stalks mix well with other spring bulbs, providing contrast to taller tulips and daffodils.
  • Plant them near walkways, entries, or patios to enjoy their scent.
  • Container planting is also ideal due to their compact size. They can be planted closer together in a pot – almost touching, as they do not need room to spread.
  • Plant them in pots outdoors and then bring inside just before blooming to provide a natural, indoor air freshener.

See more at Garden Design Magazine

Feature photo: Wiert Nieuman / Alamay Stock Photo

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