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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

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. Although we hope to offer this again for fall 2015, availability of ‘Hollyhock’ can’t be confirmed until July.

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! Hyacinth care.

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

COF-02
1/$14.50
2/$28
3/$39.50
4/$51
5/$62.50
BLUE GIANT, 1935        
“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). Although we hope to offer this rarity again in 2015, availability may not be confirmed until July. Please check back or subscribe to our email newsletter for an alert.
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 & care.
HY-12
3/$10.50
5/$16.50
10/$31
25/$71
50/$131
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 & care.
HY-01
3/$8.75
5/$14
10/$26
25/$59
50/$110
double DREADNOUGHT, 1899        Web-Only & Rarest
With long outer petals that swoop back and curl like those of a turk’s-cap lily, and shorter inner petals crimped into a squiggly rosette, this is one of the most interesting — and rarest — of the Victorian doubles. 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from the British National Collection. Chart & care.
HY-42
1/$6.50
3/$18
5/$28
10/$52
Limit 10, please.
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 & care.
HY-15
3/$10.50
5/$16.50
10/$31
25/$71
50/$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 & care.
HY-16
3/$8.75
5/$14
10/$26
25/$59
50/$110
double HOLLYHOCK, 1936        
Small and cute, with double, pug-faced florets of vivid rose, ‘Hollyhock’ is unmistakably antique. Always last to bloom, it extends the fragrant season. 8-10”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. Although we hope to offer this rarity again in 2015, availability may not be confirmed until July. Please check back or subscribe to our email newsletter for an alert.
KING OF THE BLUES, 1863        Web-Only & Rarest
Although most hyacinths today are a bit stout, this fabulous ‘King’ retains the narrow, pillar-like shape that was the norm long ago. Its amazing color, though, is what has preserved it — a deep, rich, dark purple that’s as satisfying as the darkest chocolate. 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from the UK National Collection. Chart & care.
HY-19
3/$14
5/$22
10/$41.50
Limit 10, please.
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