Best of the bunch

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

Hy­acinth Th­ese gor­geous spring bulbs are famed as much for their heady fra­grance as their colour­ful showy spikes of flow­ers in shades rang­ing from white to deep pur­ple.

Among the best blue flow­ered va­ri­eties is Hy­acinthus ori­en­talis ‘Blue Jacket’, which bears waxy deep blue flow­ers with pur­ple veins, and ‘Carnegie’, which is white.

Plant them in early au­tumn for March or April flow­er­ing - but avoid touch­ing the bulbs with your bare hands as they can cause al­ler­gic re­ac­tions - in deep, well-drained fer­tile soil in sun or par­tial shade, 10cm deep and 7.5cm apart.

You can plant them closer to­gether in con­tain­ers and they look amaz­ing in large shal­low bowls in sin­gle colours.

Make sure you place them close to the pa­tio door or an open win­dow which will al­low you to in­hale their fra­grance on spring days. Plants can be lifted once the fo­liage has died down and stored in a cool, dry place un­til ready to be planted again in au­tumn.

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