For maximum impact, partner them with flowers in a contrasting colour such as a pool of blue grape hyacinths
You need to plant plenty of bulbs as grape hyacinths
are small plants, so the more you plant the more of an effect you will have.
Calla Lily Lily of the Valley Wild Ginger May Apple Jack in the Pulpit Bloodroot Spring Beauty Dutchman's Breeches Grape Hyacinth
Pepper Root Jacob's Bleeding Heart Iris Lupine Primrose Solomon's Seal Toad Trillium Pansy Pussy-Toes Columbine Coralbells Oriental Poppy Shooting Star Lavender Peony Ladder Buttercup Coreopsis Dianthus Dead Nettle Armeria
Enjoy such pleasureful combinations as daffodils between the plants in a strawberry bed or grape hyacinths
put down in the gaps in a vinca bed.
And, when I get round to it, the pots surrounding the front door, which have done well packed with summer colour, will be prepared for next year with a selection of dwarf bulbs such as Iris reticulata and Muscari, the grape hyacinth
Although grape hyacinth
, Muscari botryoides, can become invasive, it is a most amenable bulb, seeding itself graciously in corners where nothing else grows.
FUSS-FREE FAVOURITE The grape hyacinth
, Muscari botryoides, is well known to most gardeners due to its colonising habits.
(Muscari), Snowdrops (Galanthus), Chionodoxa, Wood Hyacinth, the Scillas, the flowering onions (Allium), and Dutch Iris are usually left alone.
THE grape hyacinth
, as it is also known, is one of the most popular and widely grown spring-flowering bulbs, creating spectacular bedding displays and providing a pint-size focal point planted in single colours in containers.
Other bulbs that were in the running were Narcissus "Avalanche", a multi-headed variety with white-petalled flowers with lemon-yellow cups, and Muscari armeniacum, a delightful and reliable grape hyacinth
which produces deep blue, long-lasting fragrant flowers in mid-spring and looks great in a pot mixed with the dwarf Tulipa "Red Riding Hood", or planted as a solo species in one or more pots, to give a burst of blue.
The bride carried a bouquet of blue hydrangea, stephanotis, gardenia, grape hyacinth
, and green roses hand-tied with monogrammed ribbon.
Bulbs are a particular favourite of mine, especially dwarf narcissi, cyclamen, tulips, grape hyacinth
and, of course, crocus.
or scilla and crocus, winter aconites, snowdrops, bluebells and early maturing daffodils are useful for planting in established gardens as they all tolerate the dry, shady conditions found beneath trees and shrubs and will grow to look like a carpet.
Dwarf narcissi such as February gold and tete-a-tete brighten up spring planters as do snowdrops and grape hyacinth
THIS grape hyacinth
is one of the most popular and widely grown spring-flowering bulbs.