Hyacinth bulbs are planted in the fall and bloom in the spring. The Victorians revered hyacinths for their sweet, lingering fragrance, and carefully massed them in low beds, planting in rows of one color each.
Hyacinths come in a variety of colors—from bright pink to soft blue. Grape hyacinths (pictured above) are related to regular hyacinths and have nearly the same care requirements, but belong to a separate genus (Muscari).
The loose-to-dense racemes of strongly fragrant flowers are closely packed single or double flowers. As well as growing in the ground, colorful hyacinths are excellent for forcing in containers and some can even be made to flower early indoors.