The common hyacinth is derived from Hyacinthus orientalis. Many cultivars are available in a wide range of colours. Renowned for their heady scent, hyacinths should be planted where their fragrance can be enjoyed.
Ideal locations are under windows, near busy footpaths, and round terraces and patios.
The bulbs can be left in the ground after blooming, but they will not be as spectacular the following year. The flowers will be smaller and sparser.
Based on an article by Francine Joly and Lise Lacouture in Quatre-Temps magazine, Vol. 23, No.1.