Growing the Queen of Bulbs: Hyacinthus
Sometimes known as the Queen of Bulbs, the bright and cheerful colours of the hyacinth make it a valuable subject for early bedding and nothing adds more to the attractiveness of the spring garden than a fine display of such fragrant beauty. Rather more expensive than most otherfor bedding, they can be interplanted with low-growing plants such as aubrietas, dwarf forget-me-nots, or early flowering pansies which will not only economise on the number of bulbs to be used but produce a charming effect. In addition, the foliage of the other plants will prevent the hyacinth blooms from becoming splashed with soil.
like a well-drained soil in any open sunny position, preferably where the ground has been well dug and enriched with manure, although where this is not available bonemeal may be used. Plant from September to early December and cover them with about 3 in. of soil. A little sand around the bulbs will ensure the best results.
Faded flowers should be removed before the seed pods form; the leaves should not be cut off but allowed to wither. The bulbs will then ripen naturally and flower again the following year, especially if when the foliage has died down, the bulbs are lifted, dried and spread out in trays in any airy place where they can be stored until next planting time.
Among the bedding hyacinths the following are first class in every way and may be depended upon to give a good show. Princess Margaret, light pink; La Victoire, large, red; L’Innocence, white; Bismarck, sky blue; King of Blues, dark blue; and City of Haarlem, yellow.