If Hyacinthoides non-scripta is a plant new to you, imagine a cluster of 6–12 deep blue flowers on an arching 10–12″ stem. They thrive in sun or shade and well-drained, woodsy soil, to which they will respond with clouds of fragrant flowers in May and June and a steady increase in numbers. If your dreams include a Bluebell wood, dream no more. 25 bulbs cover 3 sq ft.
Formerly included with Scilla, Hyacinthoides is a small genus of spring-blooming bulbs from Europe and Asia. Its members are some of the most versatile and valuable because of their extraordinary willingness to prosper and bloom in sun to shade (some shade is required for satisfactory performances in the South). They thrive in a wide range of climates and well-drained soils, although a site with ample moisture early in the growing season is the key to abundant flowers. They will spread discreetly but steadily, making a cheerful community, then disappear by midsummer. Because Hyacinthoides are later bloomers, they are useful in the transition from early-spring bulbs to the first June perennials.
For more information on the growing and care of Hyacinthoides, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
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Cape Cod mom from Cape Cod, MA
We recently moved to a house whose landscaping could only be described as tragic. I was looking to start a shade garden quickly, and had no experience with shade plants at all. I ordered both these and the emerald isle hosta collection, and I couldn't be happier. Everything came up, and the color and sturdiness of the plants was fantastic for year one. My neighbors are planning to do the same for their side of the line, too- the truest compliment.
Bulb size: 10-12 cm
Hyacinthoides loves open deciduous woods in the South and full sunlight in the North. Plant 4–5″ deep, 4″ apart (8 per sq ft). These shade-tolerant bulbs often naturalize. Please note: It is not unusual for blue-green penicillin mold to grow on the surface of hyacinthoides bulbs. The mold does no harm, and it dies as soon as you plant the bulb. If the bulb is firm, you can plant with confidence.