Hyacinths are spring-flowering bulbs with long, narrow leaves that are folded lengthwise. Hyacinth Bulbs are highly fragrant flowers that bloom in dense clusters. So grow at least a few hyacinths, so you can pick them. You know, they are looking very prettier indoors in vases, where they can perfume the room than they do in gardens.
The leaves, which seem to stick around forever, are quite unsightly, and even the flower heads, look rather lumpy among the more dainty shapes of the other bulbs. But grown with something to soften them, such as a sea of forget-me-not or blue flowering periwinkle; they are not hard to take. The flower heads become less thick as years go by improvement.
There is Hyacinthus you can grow beside Hyacinthus orientalis, from which the big Dutch cultivars are commonly derived. Try Roman hyacinth (H. o. albulus) in blue, pink and white. Roman hyacinth has a looser cluster but more stems per plant. The common hyacinth is hardy, you can still try it north of there if you give it some winter protection and the plant is frilly deep.
If you want to grow Hyacinth Bulbs then in the north plant Hyacinthus as early as in fall. However, in warm areas refrigerate the bulbs for a few weeks and plant in late fall. They like a sandy loam of moderate fertility that is moist but very well-drained. Grow in full sun or light shade. Plant the large bulbs 5 inches deep and 6 inches apart, and try to create the effect of natural groupings to offset the rather stiff bearing of the leaves and flowers. Varieties of Hyacinths are as below.
Single Hyacinth Bulbs: The full heads on these classic hyacinths look good in the garden or when forced into pots. The Blue Giant is one of the largest singles which has sky-blue flowers with dark blue veins. Double Hyacinths: Fluffy whorls of colorful flowers are arranged on 10-12 inch stems. Hollyhock is an outstanding variety that features dark pink blooms. Multiflora Hyacinths: Each bulb produces a number of flower stalks with loose arrangements of flowers. These are less formal than singles and doubles.