Hyacinths fill the spring garden with an intoxicating perfume. Start your bulbs in the fall, planting them 7-8” deep in soil mixed with lots of good organic matter. The planting site should drain easily, so the bulbs won’t rot in soggy soil or standing water. Mulch them if you live where the winters are very cold, or where the ground might freeze in spring. As with other bulbs, don’t remove the foliage when the flowers fade. Let it grow until it dies naturally, so it can store energy up for the next season’s flowers. Shown here: Hyacinth Blend 'Etouffee.'
A petite dining room makes a perfect breakfast room with light pouring in the wraparound windows. A built-in china and corner cabinet provide extra storage in the small space and beautiful wood details and print curtains add country charm.
The sitting room of this Point Lorna, California, villa home features a central fireplace under a hearth lined with cylindrical vases. The vases' curved edges complement overhead lighting; rings of minimalist candelabras mounted with lanterns hang down. Below, a low marble coffee table is arranged with lavender flowers and candles, the flora complementing decorative pillows on four plush wingback chairs which fill the room.
With the clever use of pre-fab bookshelves and kitchen base cabinets, this storage area has the look of a custom built-in at a fraction of the cost. The black-and-white backing of the bookshelves is an eye-catching contrast with the red walls.
If you cook at all, you’re probably familiar with the internal structures of an onion. Guess what? Onions are what’s known as true bulbs Tulips are also true bulbs. A true bulb has layers of fleshy tissue that act as the food storage organ. Roots form at the base of the bulb and serve to anchor the bulb in soil and absorb water and nutrients. When you buy bulbs, you’ll often see dried root remnants at the base of the bulb. Examples of true bulbs: onion, garlic, allium, daffodil, tulip, amaryllis, grape hyacinth, Dutch hyacinth, Dutch iris, scilla, lily.
New York designer, Alan Tanksley, sees the color trend shifting toward a subtler color palette defined by nature. "Come out from under the unrelenting depths of forest green and other shady colors and step into a fresh spring palette of celadons, young birch bark, hyacinth violets and sky blues. That’s what I see coming our way!"
"The peach hyacinth is all about a timid subtlety and gentle beauty that Casey mainly interprets through a treatment to simulate the look of watercolor applied to the bedroom walls. Her translation is successful," said HGTV Design Star judge Vern Yip. The striped blanket and upholstered headboard add darker blue complements to the walls, and the red throw pillows add a splash of accent color to this transitional bedroom.
Dutch hyacinth is a fragrance powerhouse in the garden. Its stocky blooms open in midspring, around the time that daffodils strut their stuff. The blooms release a rich, full fragrance that can fill the spring garden. Indoors, pots of forced hyacinths bring spring scents to life in the heart of winter. Plant bulbs in fall for a spring show in the garden. Choose flower colors in many shades, including pink, purple, blue, salmon, white and red. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
Dutch hyacinth is a fragrance powerhouse. Its stocky blooms open in midspring, around the time that daffodils are hitting their stride. The blooms release a rich, full fragrance that can fill the spring garden. Indoors, pots of forced hyacinths bring spring scents to life in the heart of winter. Plant bulbs in fall for a spring show in the garden. Choose flower colors in many shades, including purple, blue, pink, salmon, white and red. Hardy in Zones 4-8.