How To Grow Muscari In The Spring Garden

Muscari or grape hyacinth are members of the lily family and there are about 30 species of grape hyacinth, some hardy and some fairly tender. Luckily for us, most are from Asia minor and are quite hardy.


The bulb should be planted in full sun to partial shade to encourage good blooming (and the blooms come in blues, purples and white) in the mid to late spring garden.

The average height of muscari is 6-8 inches tall and the bulbs should be planted so the base of the bulb is 4 inches deep. Plant individual bulbs 2-3 inches apart.


Muscari armeniacum in mass planting

You're going to be able to use this plant in areas that are not waterlogged or where there is no standing water during the winter. If you do, the bulb is quite likely to naturalize and self-sow for you. (note that excessive water will rot the bulb).

Also plan on putting the bulbs in areas where frost and snow tend to stay around the longest. This bulb likes to get a fast start on the season and sometimes a late frost will "burn" foliage. The flowers are seldom damaged by late frosts but the foliage will look pretty ratty if frosted. Putting them in an area where the ground stays colder longer will keep them dormant until the frost season is almost gone in your garden.

Book cover spring bulbs

Ideal for mass-planting

Do mass plant muscari. The more you put in a single area, the more likely you'll wind up with a mass of color rather than a single clump. When the bulbs are mass planted, they form large beds of color that are simply gorgeous.

Put them in perennial borders or around shrubs for a dramatic spring statement. A minimum number in one area would be 25 bulbs for a dramatic effect.


Muscari armeniacum 'Saffier'

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