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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.
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
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 YELLOW, OPHIR, 1827?        Web-Only & Rarest
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. Chart & care.
HY-48
1/$18.50
3/$50.50
Limit 3, please.
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
GRAND BLANCHE IMPERIALE, 1798        Rarest
The oldest traditional hyacinth we’ve ever offered, this blush-white relic appeared in the catalog of New York’s Linnaean Botanic Garden nursery by 1830, and in 1894 Garden and Forest magazine was still praising its “large thick bells” of “a charming rosy or blush white.” By the 1950s it was thought to be extinct, but it survived in a small botanic garden in Lithuania and after the fall of the Iron Curtain a few bulbs made their way to our friend Alan Shipp – and eventually here. 10-12”, zones 5a-7b(9bWC), from England. Chart & care.
HY-45
1/$10
3/$28
Limit 3, please.
GRAND MONARQUE, 1863        Rarest & It’s Back!
The embodiment of spring’s silvery blue skies, this heavenly hyacinth is old enough to have been grown by Florence Nightingale and Charles Dickens. Lost to us years ago when it went “commercially extinct” in the Netherlands, it has been preserved by our good friend (and former potato farmer) Alan Shipp of the British National Collection of Hyacinths. 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from England. Chart & care.
HY-17
3/$14
5/$22
Limit 5, please.
GYPSY 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
Limit 25, please.
LADY DERBY, 1875        
This grandmotherly soft pink mingles happily with everything in the garden, and it’s so easy to force that everyone should try it. Our impossibly easy, paper-bag-in-the-fridge instructions will show you how. 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. Chart & care.
HY-20
3/$7.50
5/$12
10/$22.50
25/$50.50
50/$94
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