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The perfume of blooming hyacinths is as symbolic of early spring as lilacs are to the late-spring garden. Hyacinth plants consist of chubby, succulent leaves arranged around a central flower spike. Florets pack the flower column in tight clusters. Bulb hybridizers have been busy pushing the envelope on hyacinth color ranges and flower forms. Hyacinth hybrids are now available in almost every color except black. The double forms have rosettelike flowers that add intriguing texture.
Hyacinths thrive in any well-drained soil in full to partial sun. Many varieties -- usually the ones with the most robust flowers -- will force easily indoors in soil or damp pebbles if planted and chilled until sprouts appear.
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Hyacinthus orientalis 'Carnegie' bears columns of snow-white flowers in early spring. The plant grows 12 inches tall. Zones 4-9
'China Pink' hyacinth
Hyacinthus orientalis 'China Pink' offers soft-pink flower spikes that are sweetly perfumed, scenting the early spring air. The plant grows 12 inches tall. Zones 4-9
'City of Haarlem' hyacinth
Hyacinthus orientalis 'City of Haarlem' is a standout for its soft-yellow, scented blooms. It grows 12 inches tall. Zones 4-9
Hyacinthus orientalis 'Hollyhock' is noted for its exceptional fragrance and double flowers in a rich shade of carnation pink. The variety grows 12 inches tall. Zones 4-9
'Peter Stuyvesant' hyacinth
Hyacinthus orientalis 'Peter Stuyvesant' produces deep blue-purple flowers in early spring. This variety grows 12 inches tall. Zones 4-9
'Sky Jacket' hyacinth
Hyacinthus orientalis 'Sky Jacket' rewards gardeners with steely blue flowers in early to mid-spring. The plant grows 12 inches tall. Zones 4-8
Hyacinthus orientalis 'Woodstock' is one of the most distinct varieties with its deep maroon flowers in early spring. It grows 12 inches tall. Zones 4-9