5 of the best mus­cari to grow

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M. azureum AGM Bees love this non-in­va­sive va­ri­ety, a Turk­ish grape hy­acinth with bell­shaped flow­ers that are pale blue with just a hint of a dark stripe. Height: 4in (10cm).

M. lat­i­folium Two-tone blooms fea­ture an al­most black bot­tom with a tuft of bright blue at the top. These ster­ile flow­ers ap­pear over a long pe­riod, from March to April. Height: 6in (15cm).

M. ar­me­ni­acum ‘Saffier’ AGM ‘Saffier’ has ster­ile, mid-blue flow­ers that last for weeks and make good cut flow­ers. Its leaves ap­pear in au­tumn and it won’t take over your gar­den. Height: 8in (20cm).

M. botry­oides ‘Al­bum’ This white beauty isn’t a fast grower like M. ar­me­ni­acum. With neat flow­ers on tall, slen­der stems in April and May, it’s a great choice for pots or bor­ders in full sun. Height: 8in (20cm).

M. aucheri ‘White Magic’ A good op­tion for a small gar­den as it is less vig­or­ous than many mus­cari. The white, rounded flow­ers ap­pear in April and have a strong fra­grance. Height: 5in (12cm).

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