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PRINSES MARIA CHRISTINA, 1948

Last offered in 2004 when it went “commercially extinct” in the Netherlands, this pastel princess has been nurtured for us since then by Alan Shipp of the UK National Collection. Although we sell a ton of ‘Gipsy Queen’ every year, the ‘Prinses’ is even prettier — a unique mix of peaches and honey, ripe apricots with a shimmer of gold. 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from England. Last offered in 2013. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.


PRINS HENDRIK, 1910

Last offered in 2004 when the last Dutch farmer quit growing it, this charming little prince is finally available again thanks to Alan Shipp of the National Collection of Hyacinths. Smaller and more buttery yellow than ‘City of Haarlem’, it glows warmly and smells lovely. Very limited supply, 8-10” Zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from England. Last offered in 2013. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.


QUEEN OF THE BLUES, 1870

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. Last offered in 2016. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.


ROMAN DARK BLUE, 1597

Just a bit darker than the blue Romans we get from the Hortus, with slightly wider petals and an almost chocolate-colored stem, this fragrant, steadily multiplying charmer comes to us from Alan Shipp of the UK National Hyacinth Collection. A bit less cold-hardy than regular hyacinths: zones 6a-8a(10bWC), 8-10”. Last offered fall 2018. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.


SNOW WHITE, 1950

Fairy or multiflora hyacinths were developed in the 1940s by crossing Roman hyacinths with traditional hyacinths to yield something in between: varieties like ‘Snow White’ that bloom with multiple stalks of informal, loosely-arranged flowers. Like Romans, they bloom earlier (making them popular for Christmas forcing), multiply vigorously, and look utterly natural in the garden. Early spring blooming, 10-12”, zones 5b-8a(9aWC), from the Hortus. Last offered in 2008. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.


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