Garden Shop Plant Hunter
Three matchless muscari chosen by plant hunter Lark Hanham
Enjoyed in the garden for hundreds of years, grape hyacinths are bulbous perennials that you can plant and literally forget. Their hardiness and adaptability has seen them become a muchloved ingredient for the spring garden, offering vibrant early colour and a delicious scent. They appear in shades from
Ideal for filling sunny areas of the garden with giant rivers of colour, this specimen balances finesse and vigour. Its ink blue/black flowers have a contrasting white band to the rim, and they appear in April and May. Height 12in (30cm). pastel blue to almost-black navy, and last from March to May. They look spectacular when allowed to naturalise and self-seed in informal settings. Their short anti-flop stems and numerous tufts of densely arranged flowers make them ideal for plugging gaps or for skirting along semi-shaded pathways.
M. comosum (leopoldia)
A striking plant that’s rarely seen in Britain. Its 20in (50cm) tall stature and peculiar appearance sees it is known as the grape tassel hyacinth thanks to its pendulous dishevelled blooms. In flower from May to July, it arrives later than most.
M. aucheri ‘Ocean Magic’
The long-flowering ‘Ocean Magic’ transforms to create a three-tiered colour effect. Slower to establish than most, its scent is incredible and its beauty breathtaking. Flowers March to May. Height 8in (20cm).
How to buy
Buy 15 bulbs for £5.49, the collection of 45 (15 of each) for only £10.98 or the collection of 90 (30 of each) for only £17.99. Plus p&p £4.95. Supplied as 5+/8 sized bulbs in 14 days. Order at gardenshop.telegraph.co.uk/ musc or call 0333 772 0325. Contract for supply of goods is with Hayloft Plants Ltd. Offers subject to availability. Offer closing date November 29 2016.
Call 0333 772 0325 or visit Gardenshop. telegraph.co.uk