This is yet another cracker of a Dutch hyacinth; a perfect primrose yellow with bell-shaped, recurved flowers that snuggle compactly together to form a dense spire of colour. The slightly glossy, rich green leaves surround and support the flower. The overall effect is of a refreshing spring day; ideal to cheer up a gloomy, grey wintry day or to add another yellow dimension in spring. Yellow hyacinths tend to have a really wonderful, rich fragrance that can pervade a room or a still part of the garden. See the full variety of hyacinth bulbs available to order online.
Hyacinths can be forced to bloom early by growing them in a pot indoors so that you can enjoy their scent and colour at close proximity. The soft yellow of this hyacinth would look spectacular against a dark blue or purple pot and would complement some Hyacinth 'Delft Blue' or you could be a bit braver and try it with Hyacinth Fondant. Ideally, plant an odd number of bulbs per pot; somehow it looks much better. Hyacinths 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. And for the cut flower aficionados, hyacinths make a wonderful posy to take as a present. Add a tiny bit of bleach to the water to ensure that they look their best for as long as possible.
Outside, hyacinths flourish in the open and can be used en masse as part of a formal bedding scheme or at the front of a herbaceous border. City of Haarlem has a particularly sunny aspect and would look good with primroses and some of the late narcissi like Actaea. Plant bulbs 10 - 12 cm deep on 2 cm of grit from September to December. Hyacinths like heat in the summer and cold in the winter so put them in a sunny spot. In late March give them a potash feed to help flowering. Plant hyacinths close to doors and windows so that you benefit from all that intense fragrance. 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.
Hyacinths stem from Greek legend, Homer wrote about them but they really came into their own in 7th-century Eastern civilisations where the wealthy surrounded themselves with strongly fragrant plants. Ever since the 1630s Haarlem itself, in the northern part of the Netherlands, has been a centre for tulip trading and continues that tradition today.