- Botanical name: Hyacinthus orientalis
- Common name: Hyacinth
- Plant type: Bulb
- Features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers
Hyacinths are a popular choice for growing in pots indoors for a burst of colour and fragrance in spring. But they are equally valuable as outdoor plants, planted in autumn as with other spring-flowering bulbs.
Hyacinthus orientalis bears purple, pink or white blooms throughout late March and early April. It has a rich fragrance. It looks particularly good planted in the spring border where it combines well with spring-flowering primulas and pulmonarias.
Hyacinth bulbs can irritate the skin, so wear gloves when handling them.
- Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
- Aspect: South facing, West facing
- Position in border: Front
- Hardiness: Hardy
- Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist
- Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers
Effects:Irritates skin, Harmful if ingested