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SAVE THE HYACINTHS! – Hyacinths are the most endangered garden bulbs. In 1886, D. M. Ferry offered 135 – twice the number of tulips and ten times the number of daffodils. But today you’ll find very few in most catalogs and gardens. What a loss!

Fragrant and quaint, hyacinths bring a rainbow of color into the garden well before tulip time. Wind a drift through your perennial border or force a few indoors and see if you don’t agree that they’re just too wonderful to let go extinct.


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Even Rarer Hyacinths

Every year we get a handful of spectacular bulbs that are so rare we offer them WEB-ONLY. For an alert the moment they go on sale, subscribe to our free, monthly email newsletter.

DOUBLES DELIGHT        Sampler
Bursting with extra petals, double hyacinths were once the most prized. Rediscover their antique charms with this sampler of 4 unique jewels. Save the Doubles! For zones 5a-8a(10bWC).

For 2, 3, or more of each, order additional samplers.

COF35SOLD OUT1/$152/$293/$414/$535/$64.50
Sample the rich colors and fragrances of these most-neglected bulbs. Easy to force and great in the garden in zones 5a-8a(10bWC). We’ll send five different singles, our choice, all terrific!

For 2, 3, or more of each, order additional samplers.

COF02SOLD OUT1/$14.502/$283/$39.504/$515/$62.50
“Blue giants” are the brightest stars in the universe, and the radiant, pearly-blue flowers of this Depression-era classic make it a worthy namesake. We’ve also found it extra easy to force. 10-12”, zones 5-8a(10bWC). Chart to compare.
HY39SOLD OUT3/$85/$12.5010/$2425/$5450/$100
double CHESTNUT FLOWER, 1880
The starry, overstuffed florets of this Victorian double are a lovely “dawn pink.” Though double hyacinths were once the most sought after, today only a handful survive. 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
HY12SOLD OUT3/$10.505/$16.5010/$3125/$7150/$131
The soft, soft, baby-chick yellow of ‘City of Haarlem’ makes every hyacinth rainbow lovelier. Named for the bulb district’s grandest city, ‘Haarlem’ has been a favorite for well over a century now. 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
HY01SOLD OUT3/$8.755/$1410/$2625/$5950/$110
double GENERAL KOHLER, 1878
The opulent, lavender-blue bells of this rare double look as if they’ve been sculpted out of Bavarian sugar-frosting. Although originally scorned, double hyacinths rocketed into vogue in the early 1700s and remained the world’s most popular bulb for the next 150 years. 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
HY15SOLD OUT3/$10.505/$16.5010/$3125/$7150/$131
GIGANTEA, 1859        Rarest
Extinct? That’s what the experts thought. But then Alan Shipp of the UK National Collection got a surprise phone call from the Lithuanian ambassador’s wife and before long a box full of old hyacinths arrived that had been preserved by a botanic garden behind the Iron Curtain, including this Victorian beauty. With a “large truss of delicate rose,” ‘Gigantea’ — which no longer seems very giant — was the most expensive single hyacinth in the 1870 catalog of the Olm Brothers of Springfield, MA. Last offered in 2007, zones 5a-7b(9bWC), from England. Chart to compare.
HY44SOLD OUT1/$7.503/$20.505/$32.5010/$60
“If I could grow only one hyacinth,” wrote Rand Lee in The American Cottage Gardener, “it would be this.” He praised its “luminous” apricot color, the “melon undertone” of its “considerable fragrance,” and “best of all” how it “naturalizes effortlessly” in his dry, zone-6a Santa Fe garden. 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. Chart to compare.
HY16SOLD OUT3/$8.755/$1410/$2625/$5950/$110
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