Fragrant hyacinths

When forced, they spread their fragrant smell in our houses in winter.

After that, spring comes along and they are a pleasure to the senses with their colors and fragrance.

Hyacinth, a short story

Indoor hyacinthsHyacinths are native to West Asia, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon.

This flower has a powerful fragrance and is a symbol of peace, power and simplicity, too.

A poet, in his days, had compared the hair of his beloved to the elegant stature of hyacinths.

Today, the curly movements of petals that can be seen on garden hyacinths often are described using the word “locks”.

  • In gardens, they are planted directly in the ground in fall and bloom from April to June, depending on the variety and on the climate. They do best in humus-rich, well drained, light soil (add sand eventually).
  • They like sun, but can nonetheless bear a little shade, and are extremely hardy, down to 5°F (-15°C).
  • Once leaves have withered, they can be propagated easily by collecting the small bulbs. These smaller bulbs will be planted in fall, and will of course bear less flowers.
  • However, there is no point in planting bulbs that have bloomed for Christmas. They were forced in greenhouses, and would not survive the gap in the season cycle (ideally, they should be planted in spring a full year later).

To benefit from their intense perfume, plant hyacinths near your house, along walkways, under your windows…

Nice hyacinth bouquets

Hyacinths grow very well in our houses, balconies and terraces, and can be added to large pot arrangements.

They can also be purchased to make nice hyacinth bouquets. Most often, colors come in a range of white, pink and violet, with shades of blue.

Since hyacinths started being sold with their bulb still attached, their quality has greatly increased. Cut hyacinths are increasingly used in floral art. Their appealing colors make them perfect matches for all seasonal bouquets.