Muscari – Bulb of the Year

Who doesn’t love
spring flowers? Summer blooms are great, and flowers that persist into fall are
also beautiful, but nothing beats those early flowers that emerge sometimes
even before the snow has melted. And one of the best, easiest ways to get
spring blooms? Plant bulbs. Even beginners can do this, and there are so many
options, like the striking Muscari spring flowering bulbs. Here’s what you need
to know about them to get started.

What is Muscari?

Hyacinth is a
popular type of spring-blooming bulb. These early flowers produce spikes of
pretty, clustered blooms and have a delightful, perfume-y fragrance. Muscari,
on the other hand, also known as grape hyacinth, is a different plant but one
that can be every bit as popular and beautiful.

The flowers on Muscari
are purple, small, and round, resembling clusters of grapes. In fact, the
flowers on this plant include two types: on top are sterile, lighter colored
flowers, and on the bottom, you’ll see the dark purple blooms that are fertile.
While purple is the most common color seen in grape hyacinths, they come in
many shades of blue and white and pink too.

Muscari in the Garden

This is a great
bulb for anyone but especially beginner gardeners or anyone who has never
worked with bulbs. Unlike some other bulbs, animals like squirrels and voles
are uninterested in chomping on Muscari while they overwinter. And they’ll
multiply where you plant them and return year after year, with no intervention
on your part, other than some fertilizing not and then.

Use Muscari bulbs
anywhere you have full sun. They look especially nice contrasted with some of
the yellow daffodil varieties that come up in the spring. Muscari are also
great for naturalized plantings in lawns and other areas, as they tend to spread.
They even do well in containers.

Looking for an
interesting Muscari packing some real flower power? Give Mountain Lady grape hyacinth
bulbs (Muscari ‘Mountain Lady’) a try. These very unusual, individual flowers
are white on top turning to blue farther down the stem. Hardy in zones 4-9,
they’re ideal for borders, rock gardens, naturalizing or companion planting
with tulips or daffodils. Like other Muscari bulbs, they’re also container
friendly and the pollinators love them too.

Planting and Caring for Muscari

This gorgeous
spring flower is easy to grow. Plant the bulbs in fall, to a depth of three to
four inches (7.6 to 10 cm). Just make sure the pointy end is facing up in the
ground. Plant the bulbs in a sunny spot where the soil drains well.

They won’t need
much maintenance once established, and be sure to leave the foliage on plants
until it starts to yellow. The bulbs need those leaves to produce the energy
for making next year’s blooms. If your flowers get crowded after a few years,
you can dig up bulbs after they’ve bloomed in late spring and re-plant them
somewhere else in the garden.

To learn more
about Muscari and other types of spring flowering bulbs, check out the information
at Flowerbulbs.com. Here you’ll find
a lot of great resources and everything you need to know to get into bulb
gardening.

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