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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 DREADNOUGHT, 1899        Rarest & Web-Only
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
25/$117
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
Although far from showy, this is the oldest traditional hyacinth available today. Sold in the US by 1830, it was praised in 1894 for its “large thick bells” of “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 Alan Shipp at the UK National Collection – and eventually here. 10-12”, zones 5a-7b(9bWC), from England. Although we hope to offer this rarity again for fall 2016 delivery, availability can’t be confirmed until June 2016. Please check back or subscribe to our newsletter for an alert.
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. 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from our English friend Alan Shipp, the Noah of hyacinths. Chart & care.
HY-17
3/$14
5/$22
10/$41.50
25/$94.50
50/$175
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
50/$110
KING OF THE BLUES, 1863        Rarest & Web-Only
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
25/$94.50
50/$175
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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