My head tells me that I should be writing about one of the many spring flowering shrubs that are looking so stunning right now, but my heart tells me to go for this beautiful yet seldom seen bulb that is such an eye-catching plant despite being quite small (8”-10”), and one that fits seamlessly into the spring tapestry.
Over the years I have bought many interesting plants from Marina Christopher (Phoenix Perennial Plants), and this is one of them; having just looked up the date of purchase in my garden book, I notice that this was back in 2006! So, to anyone who is wondering (and it is a relative of muscari) if it has an over enthusiastic ‘naturalising’ habit, I can only say that for us (heavy clay/dappled shade under trees) it has been a model participant, only gently increasing. It is completely hardy, easy and very rewarding … and has loads more charisma than a grape hyacinth!
I collected some seed a couple of years ago and germinated it in pots which I planted out last year. In truth I could probably have scattered the seed where I wanted it and saved a bit of trouble; but it’s such a winner, I wanted to be sure of increasing my stock.