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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.

HYACINTH HISTORY, EXTRA-EASY FORCING, & TIPS FOR SUCCESS

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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.

COF35Add to basket:1/$14.502/$283/$39.504/$515/$62.50
EASTER BASKET HYACINTHS        Sampler
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.

COF02Add to basket:1/$12.502/$243/$344/$445/$54
BISMARCK, 1875        Rarest
We were shocked when the last Dutch grower abandoned this great Victorian favorite, because in our garden it returns and reblooms better than any other hyacinth. Now thanks to Alan Shipp, the Noah of hyacinths, it’s back! 10-12”, zones 5a-7b(9bWC), from England. Although we hope to offer this rarity again in 2014, availability can’t be confirmed until June. Please check back then or subscribe to our email newsletter.
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.
HY12Add to basket:3/$115/$17.5010/$32.5025/$74.5050/$138
CITY OF HAARLEM, 1893
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.
HY01Add to basket:3/$85/$12.5010/$2425/$5450/$100
DOUBLE YELLOW, OPHIR, 1827?        Rarest & New
The rarest hyacinth we’ve ever offered, this extraordinary relic was preserved by a small botanic garden in Lithuania. Although its name was lost ages ago, it looks a lot like ‘Ophir’ pictured in Robert Sweet’s The Florist’s Guide and Cultivator’s Directory of 1827-32, and it’s tall and late-blooming like ‘Ophir’ was. “I can’t be 100% certain,” expert Alan Shipp told us, “but as yellow hyacinths didn’t appear until about 1770, and there were never more than a few double yellows, chances are this really is ‘Ophir’.” Whatever its name, we’re thrilled to have a very few to offer you! 11-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from England. Although we hope to offer this rarity again in 2014, availability can’t be confirmed until June. Please check back then or subscribe to our email newsletter.
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.
HY15Add to basket:3/$10.505/$16.5010/$3125/$7150/$131
GIPSY QUEEN, 1927
“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.
HY16Add to basket:3/$85/$12.5010/$2425/$5450/$100
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