In many parts of the world hyacinths are coveted for their heady fragrance and grown for use in the production of perfumes. You may not choose to go into the fragrance business, but may still wish to take full advantage of this outstanding scent. Plant hyacinths near where you will walk or sit come springtime. Pot up several handfuls. When the stems of colorful bells are just beginning to open, whisk the containers indoors. Then breath deeply. You've just grown your own home perfume. Nice, huh?
This truly remarkable hyacinth is a rich beetroot purple with petals that shade to maroon. The overall effect is a rich burgundy that has to be seen to be believed. Add to this the delightful scent of these enchanting blooms, and you’ve got a winner for pots, bowls and borders alike.
Find a location where the soil drains well. If there are still water puddles 5-6 hours after a hard rain, scout out another site. Or amend the soil with the addition of organic material to raise the level 2-3" to improve the drainage. Peat moss, compost, ground bark or decomposed manure all work well and are widely available. While hyacinths aren't fussy about soil, they will not survive in soggy soil or standing water.
Site your hyacinths where they will get full day sun. In the hottest areas, a little afternoon is appreciated.
Dig holes and plant the hyacinths bulbs 7-8” deep and 6” apart. The bulbs are round, larger than a golf ball and have papery skins. Plant them with the pointed end facing up.
After planting, water hyacinths well to settle the soil around the bulbs. Roots will form in the autumn.