Garden Guide: Hyacinth

March 24, 2014

The weather in Atlanta today feels more like early February than almost April, but I’m glad to have this pretty purple hyacinth to share with you! I love the modern containers Michelle is dreaming up for these illustrations, don’t you? Don’t forget, you can grab this print in Michelle’s shop here. Read on for more about this fragrant flower.



Hyacinths are small, fragrant little flowers, grown from bulbs. You’re supposed to plant hyacinth bulbs in the fall, before the ground freezes so they can start developing roots before chilling out for the winter. They’re great for containers indoors or as accents outdoors. You can also force hyacinths in early winter, by keeping them in the fridge for about 10 weeks, and then placing them in a warm spot or sunny window.

Sun: Hyacinths will be okay with a little shade, but bright sunlight is best
Soil: Sandy and silty soil, also known as loam
Water: Water well at first planting and if it’s a dry season, after that they’ll be fine with rainwater
Prune:  don’t worry, they’ll pop up for a few weeks in spring and then fade away
Size: less than a foot tall

See last week’s garden guide illustration here.

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