Gar­den Shop Plant Hunter

Three match­less mus­cari cho­sen by plant hunter Lark Han­ham

The Daily Telegraph - Gardening - - Notebook -

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

M. ne­glec­tum

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

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