Muscari bulbs (grape hyacinths) add a lovely blue colour to the spring garden. The little bulbs bloom briefly in the late spring, and then they die back for the summer. Their leaves often appear in the late fall again. These are tiny bulbs that can be planted close together to make a good show. Muscari are hardy in a cold climate, and usually return each year, with the exception of one mysterious group in my front yard.
Muscari ‘azureum’ flowers are a very pretty shade of light blue. This is a new clump, planted last fall, and the flowers are a little sparse still. I hope they like this spot, and fill in the group more next year.
The clusters of Azureum open from the bottom. The top of these blue flowers are still tight, while the bottom are opening with frilly edges.
In Muscari armeniacum ‘Blue Spike’, the little clusters are extra thick, giving a frilly appearance. The texture of the blue flowers is very appealing. They appear to be twice as large as other Muscari, and show up better, for such a small bulb. The larger flower clusters are more noticeable across the garden.
Muscari armeniacum ‘Blue Spike’ starts blooming a little after M. azureum. They bloom for about 3 weeks, and then die back for the summer. These petite bulbs work well next to perennials or shrubs that will fill in, after they fade away for the summer. I have some in between some daylilies and a royal fern that is always very slow to come up. The royal fern is the last plant in my garden to emerge, so the Muscari have lots of room still.
In the above photo, you can see how a group of Blue Spike makes a nice show, with the thick blue flowers, and good amount of blooms. This group was planted last fall. For some reason, one clump of Muscari in the front of my house has disappeared this year, after blooming there for the last five years. I’ll replant the Muscari bulbs this fall, probably with Blue Spike.
You can see how they look as a larger river of blue in spring , after I planted more Muscari armeniacum ‘Blue Spike’ in the fall.
I like the light blue of M. azureum, but particularly like the showier flowers of Blue Spike that are double the size of the regular grape hyacinths. Muscari are the last of the little blue bulbs to bloom in my spring garden. They follow after the tiny Scilla and Chionodoxa, and just as the early perennials, with their larger display start to bloom everywhere.