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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


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DOUBLES DELIGHTSampler

Bursting with extra petals, double hyacinths were once the most prized. Rediscover their antique charms with this sampler of 4 unique jewels (clockwise from top left): ‘Madame Sophie’, ‘Chestnut Flower’, ‘General Kohler’, and ‘Hollyhock’. Save the Doubles! For zones 5a-8a(10bWC).

For 2, 3, or more of each, order additional samplers. Hyacinth care.

COF-35
1/$14
2/$27
3/$38.50
4/$49.50
5/$60.50

EASTER BASKET HYACINTHSSampler

Sample the rich colors and fragrances of these under-appreciated treasures. Easy to force and great in the garden in zones 5a-8a(10bWC). We’ll send five different singles, our choice, all terrific!

For 2, 3, or more of each, order additional samplers. Hyacinth care.

COF-02
1/$14.50
2/$28
3/$39.50
4/$51
5/$62.50

ANNA LIZA, 1972Rarest

Mauve? Lavender-pink? Soft rosy violet? Although ‘Anna Liza’s color may be hard to describe, it’s distinct and beautiful. And though it’s not very old, true stock is increasingly hard to find – so here it is! 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. Chart and care.

HY-54
3/$7
5/$11
10/$21
25/$47.50
50/$88

BLUE GIANT, 1935

“Blue giants” are the brightest stars in the universe, and the radiant, pearly-blue flowers of this Depression-era classic make it a worthy namesake. We’ve also found it extra easy to force. 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. Chart and care.

HY-39
3/$6.50
5/$10.50
10/$19.50
25/$44
50/$81

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 (learn more), today only a handful survive – and ‘Chestnut Flower’ is one of the best. 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. Chart and care.

HY-12
3/$9.50
5/$15
10/$28
25/$64
50/$119

CITY OF HAARLEM, 1893

The wonderfully 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. 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. Chart and care.

HY-01
3/$7
5/$11
10/$21
25/$47.50
50/$88

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. Once discarded as freaks, double hyacinths rocketed into vogue in the early 1700s and remained the world’s most popular bulb for 150 years. 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. Chart, care, and learn more.

HY-15
3/$10
5/$16
10/$29.50
25/$67.50
50/$125

GRACE DARLING, 1910Rarest

‘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/$10
3/$30
5/$50
Limit 5, please.

GRAND MONARQUE, 1863Rarest

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.

HY-17
1/$10
3/$30
5/$50
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 how it “naturalizes effortlessly” in his dry, zone-6a Santa Fe garden. 10-12”, zones 5a-8a(10bWC), from Holland. Chart and care.

HY-16
3/$7
5/$11
10/$21
25/$47.50
50/$88

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