Hyacinth Bulbs

Heavily fragrant flowers, you can often smell these wonderful bulbs before you see them. Popular for pots and framing borders, the scent will fill the air as you sit in the garden appreciating the spring display your garden has to offer. Carnegie White Hyacinth Bulbs are a popular choice for cottage garden themes, whilst the Woodstock Hyacinth Bulbs will add a bold boost of colour. These are bedding hyacinths and are suitable for outdoor planting.

 

Like everything we supply here at Boston Seeds, we pride ourselves on supplying professional quality - and for flower bulbs, that means BIG! Our bigger bulbs produce bigger, better and bolder flowers. Choose from our exciting range of varieties - Mixed Hyacinth Bulbs (Bedding), old favourites, garden classics as well as striking new lines for 2021.

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Bulb Planter
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Making bulb planting easier, quicker and cleaner, our bulb planter is the ideal tool for helping you plant your s...

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Highly scented the Anastasia Hyacinths appear with 4-5 stems per bulb giving out a great colour with their deep v...

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Aqua Hyacinth Bulbs
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True to name, the Aqua blue flowers of this hyacinth variety are absolutely stunning, whether planted in bulk or ...

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Cobalt blue flowers, the Blue Jacket is a popular hyacinth and ideal as cut flow...

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Outdoor planting Hyacinths create the heavenly scent and therefore are a popular...

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Primrose yellow blooms, these hyacinths have always been a popular pick for the ...

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Beautifully scented deep blue hyacinth bulbs suitable for planting outdoors in beds and borders.

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Fondant Hyacinth Bulbs
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Strongly scented with soft pink flowers, these gorgeous flowers are a popular choice when wanting colour and mid-...

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Uniquely coloured hyacinth, the Gipsy Queen opens to reveal beautiful soft apric...

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Jan Bos Hyacinth Bulbs
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Deep scarlet red flowers, these are suitable for outdoor planting and are a real head-turner. In amongst other sp...

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Mixed Hyacinth Bulbs
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These mixed hyacinths are suitable for containers or planting in beds or borders. These hyacinths are a great add...

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Such stunning deep purple flowers are sure to add a deep pop of colour to your s...

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A popular variety, this lilac lavender bloom is ideal for adding into part of a ...

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Beetroot blooms, this bold hyacinth appearing early spring will add that boost of colour you have been waiting fo...

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Our bulb planting essentials pack has been put together for the ease of ensuring...

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Bulb Fibre
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Specifically designed to help bulbs establish in pots, without the risk of the bulbs rotting, providing an open a...

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Daffodil Bulb Fertiliser
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Whether you are establishing in pots, hedgerows or large landscaped areas sprinkle a small amount into each hole ...

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Hyacinths: How to grow them (and why!)

Hyacinths are a popular choice for bulbs, and there’s plenty of reasons why! Some are drawn to its charming spikes of flowers, growing in a beautiful bell shape and a variety of soft colours. Then there’s its distinctive and sweet scent, which makes them an ideal indoor-blooming flower- in fact, some hyacinth bulbs are prepared specifically for this purpose, and can even brighten up a house in winter months! All in all, it’s a highly versatile flower for every occasion.

 

Fun Facts

I’ve been obsessed with flower symbolism lately - especially with how they’re used in fiction. In this case, you may expect to see purple hyacinths in particularly mopey scenes: they’re typically seen as a symbol of sorrow or regret. This likely comes from Greek mythology, where many potential stories of the flower’s origin have involve a man named Hyacinth being killed by accident by the gods in an attempt to win his friendship. On a happier note, many other colours of hyacinth have meanings that are much more hopeful: Ostensibly, the flower relates to feelings of sincerity; white hyacinths represent a prayer and a red hyacinth symbolises playfulness and flirtation.

 

How to Grow

In this case, how you grow hyacinths is largely dependant on where it is you want to grow them. Outside, bulbs should be planted in early Autumn; 10cm (4 inches) deep and 7.5cm (3 inches) apart. Hyacinths thrive in full sunlight and with well-drained soil, so they should be fine as long as you don’t overwater them- if you have them in a container, it’s recommended you use bricks or similar items to give them breathing space and ensure they don’t become too waterlogged. Indoor displays, on the other hand, require special ‘prepared’ bulbs. These bulbs typically require planting in September, and they’ll hopefully bloom in time for Christmas!

Before you buy, just be aware that handling hyacinths can sometimes lead to skin irritation- try to handle them with gloves where you can.

 

Species & Styles

There are many different colours of hyacinth available. Many bloom in a standard pastel palette, but two species that break the mould in this regard are the ‘Gypsy Queen’, which has peculiar and pleasing peach-coloured blooms, and the rich, near-black ‘Midnight Mystic’. Another one that’s particularly nice is the ‘Woodstock’- unlike other hyacinth’s shades of cool bluish-lilac, Woodstock bears rich plum purple petals.

As strongly-scented flowers, hyacinths are perfect flowers for pollinators, but also excellent for planting at the forefront of your garden where their delightful aroma can be best appreciated!