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Here you’ll find our VERY rarest bulbs along with late finds and others we simply couldn’t squeeze into our print catalog.

Those marked “Web-Only & Rarest” are sometimes in such short supply that they sell out within days — and some years we can’t offer them at all — so if you see one you like, we recommend you order it now!


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GRACE DARLING, 1910Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! ‘Grace Darling’ is named for the brave young daughter of a lighthouse keeper who rowed out with him in a raging storm to rescue shipwreck survivors. Her story captured the imagination of the Victorian age and before long people everywhere were singing songs and hanging lithographs of Grace on their parlor walls. Her namesake hyacinth is a lovely blue-purple, soft but vibrant (how fitting!). Though its date of introduction is unclear, Alan Shipp of the UK National Collection assures us it is “very old.” Zones 5a-7b(9bWC), from England. Chart and care.

HY-43
1/$9
3/$25.50
5/$40.50
Almost gone! Limit 5.

GRAND BLANCHE IMPERIALE, 1798Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! 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. Chart and care.

HY-45
1/$8
3/$23
5/$36
10/$68
Almost gone! Limit 10.

MULBERRY ROSE, 1946Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! The unusual, old-fashioned color of this rare hyacinth sets it apart. It’s a misty puplish-rose, deeper in the center of the petals, paler at the edges, like raspberry ice cream swirled with raspberry sorbet. 8-10”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from the UK National Collection of Hyacinths. Chart and care.

HY-34
1/$8
3/$23
5/$36
10/$68
Limit 10, please.

BISMARCK, 1875Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! 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. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

HY-11 1/$10 3/$28.50 5/$45 10/$85 25/$200 SOLD OUT

DOUBLE YELLOW, OPHIR, 1827?Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! 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 and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

HY-48 1/$18.50 3/$52.50 5/$83 10/$157 25/$370 SOLD OUT

double DREADNOUGHT, 1899Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! 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 and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

HY-42 1/$9.50 3/$27 5/$42.50 10/$80.50 25/$190 SOLD OUT

GRAND MONARQUE, 1863Rarest & Web-Only

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 and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

HY-17 1/$9 3/$25.50 5/$40.50 10/$76.50 25/$180 SOLD OUT

KING OF THE BLUES, 1863Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! 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 and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

HY-19 1/$10.50 3/$30 5/$47 10/$89 25/$210 SOLD OUT

L’INNOCENCE, 1863Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! A favorite for almost 150 years, this warm white is one of the most perennial hyacinths in our garden and extra easy to force. Our impossibly easy, paper-bag-in-the-fridge instructions will show you how. 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from the UK National Collection. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

HY-21 1/$8.50 3/$24 5/$38 10/$72 25/$170 SOLD OUT

MARIE, 1860Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! Our customers send us love-letters about ‘Marie.’ A deep, rich indigo purple, it was one of the oldest traditional hyacinth varieties grown in Dutch bulb fields until 2016 when it went commercially extinct. Lucky for us, Alan Shipp was able to get his hands on a few bulbs and now we're able to offer them to you! 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from the UK National Collection. Chart, care, and learn more. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

HY-25 1/$8.50 3/$24 5/$38 10/$72 25/$170 SOLD OUT

MENELIK, 1911Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! Black is beautiful, and this astonishing hyacinth – named in honor of the Victorian king of Ethiopia – is an intense indigo-purple shading to absolute BLACK. Although it went commercially extinct in Holland in 2001, most years we get a handful of bulbs from Alan Shipp of the UK National Collection. 10-12”, zones 5a-7b(9bWC), from England. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

HY-27 1/$10.50 3/$30 5/$47 10/$89 25/$210 SOLD OUT

PERLE BRILLIANTE, 1895Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! A shimmering, silvery blue-purple like antique pewter — or pearls — this Victorian relic was last harvested in the Netherlands in 2000. To preserve it, we sent a boxful of those final bulbs to Alan Shipp, holder of the UK National Collection, and now you can enjoy the happy fruits of our partnership! Learn more. 10-12”, zones 5a-7b(9bWC), from England. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

HY-26 1/$9.50 3/$27 5/$42.50 10/$80.50 25/$190 SOLD OUT

QUEEN OF THE BLUES, 1870Rarest & Web-Only

It’s back! Although this soft, silvery blue charmer went “commercially extinct” in 2009, our friend Alan Shipp of the UK National Collection has been nurturing a small supply of it for us ever since. You’ll be glad you helped him save it! 10-12”, zones 5a-7b(9bWC), from England. Chart and care. If you’d like to be notified when it’s back in stock, sign up for an email alert.

HY-29 1/$8.50 3/$24 5/$38 10/$72 25/$170 SOLD OUT

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