Thursday, September 14, 2017

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda Planted - Grape Hyacinths (Muscari)

Muscari armeniacum

Come spring, lots of folks slap themselves on the forehead saying, "I woulda, coulda, shoulda planted ____." You fill in the blank. If only they had planted those flower bulbs in fall, they would be enjoying them in spring. Here is one of my favorites that you should plant now.

Muscari armeniacum, also known as grape hyacinths, are native to Asia Minor. They are wonderful little plants that are very easy to grow and highly adaptable. Muscari are excellent for bulb gardens, perennial gardens, container gardens, rock gardens, mass plantings, or naturalized areas. They look best when planted in large groups. Flowering is mid spring.

Name(s): Muscari armeniacum, Grape Hyacinth.

Flower Color: Blue.

Bloom Time: Mid-spring

Foliage: Herbaceous.

Height/Spread: 10 inches x 5 inches.

Climate Zones: Hardy in zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade.

Soil Condition: Organic, well-drained, pH 6.1 to 7.8.

Planting Depth: 3 inches to 5 inches.

Features: Abundant flowers.

Uses: Bulb gardens, rock gardens, mass plantings, naturalizing, container gardens.

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