The Carnegie hyacinth is a pure white hyacinth whose compact spire of single, snowy, bell-shaped, recurving flowers are a much loved friend to any hyacinth lover. It flowers slightly later than other white hyacinths like 'White Pearl' and also has brighter and lighter green leaves. As with all hyacinths, its great feature is the wonderful perfume it exudes. White hyacinths have a slightly less overpowering, more delicate but nonetheless alluring scent. For a really knock-your-socks off scent, try the Hyacinth Delft Blue. Either works in the downstairs loo and could save a fortune in scented candles. See our the full variety of hyacinth bulbs available to order online.
Hyacinths can be forced to bloom in mid-winter by growing them indoors so that you can enjoy their fragrance and beauty close up. They tend to grow slightly taller inside and will need to be supported with a small cane or by tying some string around the leaves and flower spike as they emerge. Try to use odd numbers in your planter - somehow it always looks better. Carnegie will look good with almost any other hyacinth, but consider teaming it up with Hyacinth City of Haarlem for a really pretty yellow and white riff. And for the florists out there, hyacinths are brilliant in flower arrangements or bouquets. Add a tiny bit of bleach to the water to ensure that they look at their best for as long as possible.
Outside, hyacinths perform best in the open and can be used en masse as part of a formal bedding scheme or at the front of an herbaceous border. If you have grown a hyacinth indoors one year, plant the deadheaded bulb outside and with a little bit of t.l.c. it will flower again in years to come.
Weirdly, hyacinths and asparagus are members of the same botanical family.
The world renowned Carnegie concert hall in New York was built by the Victorian philanthropist and industrialist Andrew Carnegie who had left Scotland for the opportunities of America. The Carnegie clan are one of the lowland clans that boast a Clan chief to this day and it is the family name of the Dukes of Fife and Earls of Southesk. It would be nice to think that this hyacinth was named after some pure, Scottish burn or even after that elusive white heather so sought after in Scotland.