muscari valerie finnis, fall planting BULBS
The densely packed florets and soft blue shade of this classic grape hyacinth 'Valerie Finnis' lends itself well to use as an edging for borders or as a feature in rockeries. Its compact growth and sturdy flower stems make it equally useful for pot-forcing or as a shorter-stemmed cut flower. Plant in well-drained soil. two-toned muscari feature sultry, blue-black bells adorn
This nice soft blue Grape Hyacinth is excellent for pots and containers but also for mass plantings. Height 6-8 Inches. Bulb size: Topsize 8/+ cm
Premium Variety Muscari Atlantic ® is a genetically compact and sturdy variety. Its leaves do not continue growing in length, it produces no noses on the bulb, and it displays a slow growth rate:
Planting Depth: 4" (10cm) Spacing: 2-3" (5-7.5cm) Bloom Duration: 3-4 weeks
Grape hyacinths: small is beautiful Grape hyacinths – the essence of early spring – appear around March/April depending on the variety. Although the deep blue ones are the most familiar, there are other kinds as well. They can also be white, lilac, purple, violet, pink, bicoloured, or various shades of blue. The flower stem of this attractive grape hyacinth bears tightly packed clusters of blue flowers followed by decorative seed pods. Planting is easy The best time to plant them is in October and November. Make planting holes and plant at least 50 bulbs at the same place for a good visual effect. If you bury them under about 4" of soil, success is assured. Once planted in a favourable spot – a sunny to semi-shaded location that stays fairly dry during the winter – they can pop back up year after year. If this naturalising is what you want, choose a variety such as Muscari latifolium. Most of the Muscari varieties are great for naturalizing! Food heaven Grape hyacinths are highly reliable early-flowering bulbs that have an average height of around 6 to 10". Especially during these first days of spring, when few other flowers are in bloom, these plucky little gems are eagerly visited by insects like bees and bumblebees. They provide so much nectar that they are sometimes called ‘nectar filling stations’. Scented grape hyacinths Varieties with extra fragrance include the sweetly scented Muscari armeniacum, Muscari botryoides ‘Album’ white and Muscari ‘Golden Fragrance’. Worth a closer look These little jewels are really worth taking a closer look at. This way, you can see all their little details. And/or pick a few to put in a little vase. Simply beautiful!
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Plant bulbs about 3” deep and 3” apart in fall. Flowers emerge in early spring. Keep ground moist during the spring growing season, but reduce watering after foliage begins to die back. Although plants of this species go dormant in summer, they produce new leaves in autumn. Naturalizes well by both bulb offsets and, under favorable growing conditions, self-seeding.
Muscari armeniacum, commonly called grape hyacinth, is an early spring-blooming bulbous perennial that is native to southeastern Europe (including Armenia). It features conical racemes of slightly fragrant, tightly packed, deep violet blue, urn-shaped flowers atop scapes rising to 8” tall in early spring. Each bulb produces 1-3 scapes with 20-40 flowers per scape. Each flower has a thin white line around the rim. Dense inflorescence purportedly resembles an elongated, upside-down bunch of grapes, hence the common name. Scapes rise up from somewhat floppy clumps of narrow, fleshy, basal, green leaves (to 12” long) that appear in autumn and live through the cold St. Louis winter to spring when the plants flower.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Provides spectacular drifts of color when massed in open areas, around shrubs, under deciduous trees, in the rock garden or in the border front. Also mixes well with other early blooming bulbs. Popular container plant. Also forces easily for winter bloom.
Common Name: grape hyacinth
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 0.50 to 0.75 feet
Spread: 0.25 to 0.50 feet
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Royal blue with a thin white rim on each bell
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Flower: Showy, Fragrant, Good Cut
Tolerate: Deer, Clay Soil, Black Walnut
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