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Grape Hyacinth: A Gardener’s Guide and Plant Profile

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Learn all about spring-blooming Grape Hyacinths, also known as Muscari, in this gardener’s guide.

Season after season, Grape Hyacinth (Muscari) grace our gardens with their presence.

With their unassuming stature compared to that of their taller spring-flowering friends, Muscari make wonderful companion plants due to their vivid pops of color.

Plus, they like to multiply. A lot.

If you enjoy colorful spring landscapes and long-lasting blooms, these small bulbs should definitely be added to your garden beds and borders.

In our grape hyacinth plant guide below, you’ll learn all about these beautiful flowers as well as basic plant care and recommendations of where to buy your bulbs.


Quick Plant Care Facts

Sun ExposureFull sun to light shade.
Water NeedsNeeds regular watering when it is growing and in bloom. No watering needed afterwards through the summer or fall.
Soil NeedsWell-draining soil.
Cold-Hardiness ZonesUSDA hardiness zones 3 to 9.
Bloom Time Early to mid-spring.
Flower ColorsFlowers come in purple, white, faded blues and purples, brownish-purple, white, yellow, and violet-blue to reddish-purple.
Mature Height/WidthSpecies range in height from 8-inches to 1.5 feet high. Spreading underground and can get dense, so every few years you will need to divide and transplant some bulbs to other parts of your yard or you can give them away as garden gifts.
Plant SpacingPlant bulbs 3-inches apart and 2-inches deep in the Fall.


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Read our grape hyacinth plant post below to learn:

  • How to grow and care for these small spring bulbs in your yard
  • Where to buy grape hyacinth bulbs
  • History, fun facts and so much more!



Grape Hyacinth: Why We’re Featuring This Plant

First, grape hyacinth adds a burst of color to complement your other spring-flowering bulbs.

They can be featured in spring cottage gardens, planted in containers, or in garden beds underneath trees or shrubs.

You can increase your curb appeal immediately by planting large ribbons of grape hyacinth to look like a “river” of color, a beautiful transition from shrub to lawn, giving your landscape a pop of color that increases curb appeal.

Due to this versatility of planting options, landscaping with grape hyacinth can be fun and creative. Really, the sky is the limit.

In addition, grape hyacinth flowers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors including purple, lavender, blue, white, and pink.

Plus, these flowers are very low maintenance, just keep up their watering schedule. They really only need maintenance after they have flowered for the season.

Check out our Grape Hyacinth table below for a full breakdown of all the facts and features of this beautiful, spring-blooming plant.




Grape Hyacinth Trivia – Did You Know

Muscari Family

Grape Hyacinth used to be in the Liliaceae family but has since been reclassified into the Asparagaceae.  This new family group, also known as the Asparagus family, includes herbaceous and woody flowering plants ranging between garden favorites and wildflowers.



 Grape Hyacinth Care


How To Grow Muscari

First of all, bulbs should be planted in the fall before the threat of the first frost. The month may vary depending on where you live.

Next, when you select your Muscari bulbs, consider their flowering times, their suitability for borders, or containers.

Finally, select your bulbs carefully and only plant healthy bulbs. Inspect bulbs for moldy areas or other signs of damage before planting them in the ground.


Muscari Planting Steps:

  1. Plant bulbs at least 3″ apart
  2. Plant at a depth of at least 2-3″
  3. Place the bulbs with the pointy end facing up
  4. For the soil, make sure you place them in well-drained soil
  5. Make sure they will have good sun exposure as they prefer full sun
  6. Water them thoroughly after planting


After they have flowered, you can cut away the flower, but wait until the small leaves have fully withered and turned brown before cutting the flower off. This will make sure the bulbs get all the nutrients from these plant tissues they need for next season’s growth.

Also, you can cover the bulb area with 2-3 inches of mulch to keep it protected, healthy, and warm during the off-season.

Check out the videos below if you need more help!


Grape Hyacinth Planting Videos





Grape Hyacinth Bulbs For Sale

Now it’s time to pick out your own Grape Hyacinth bulbs now!

The best part is there are so many beautiful colors, shapes, and sizes available.

Below, we have both Grape Hyacinth bulbs and live tulip plants for you to choose from depending on the color you prefer.

The gorgeous selection of bulbs comes from Eden Brothers which we recommend. The bulbs sell during the fall season to be planted before winter so they can be fully present in your garden the next spring.

Or, if you need to shop for other garden plants for this spring, click the link below.



Grape Hyacinth Plant Conclusion

Hyacinths are a very popular flower and help us usher in the start of the spring season.

This plant will make your borders pop, your containers sizzle, and are a wonderful addition to any garden.

Now it is time to hear from you!

What do you use Grape Hyacinth for in your own garden? Leave a quick comment below and let us know!



Want to learn about other plants in your garden? Check out some of our previous plant profiles:


See you in the garden!

~ Sean and Allison


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Learn all about spring-blooming Grape Hyacinths, or Muscari, in this gardener’s guide.




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HELLO AND WELCOME! We are Sean and Allison of Spoken Garden. With combined backgrounds in horticulture, gardening, landscape, and teaching, we hope to educate and inspire you.

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