Best of the bunch

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Hy­acinth Th­ese highly fra­grant bulbs pro­duc­ing showy spikes of blooms in shades pre­dom­i­nantly of pur­ple, pink and white, are par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive in con­tain­ers by the pa­tio door, so when you ven­ture out­side on spring days you’ll im­me­di­ately catch a waft of their heady scent.

I think they look best in sin­gle colours in con­tain­ers and are less likely to flop out­side than they are in­doors.

You can’t beat Hy­acinthus ori­en­talis for fra­grance - good va­ri­eties in­clude ‘Blue Jacket’ and ‘Carnegie White’, but you can get many other colours in­clud­ing prim­rose yel­low and apri­cot or­ange.

Ei­ther plant them on their own, 2-3cm apart, or space them out for room for other plants be­tween.

If you want a mass ef­fect, plant smal­l­er­grade bulbs densely, just 1cm apart. Hy­acinths can be grown in pots of any depth, pro­vided the bulbs are cov­ered with 3-4cm of compost and there’s at least 6cm of compost un­der­neath them.

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