Q How do I plant hyacinths in borders?
A Hyacinths like well-drained, fertile soil, in full sun or partial shade. Plant bulbs in early September, making sure they are a minimum of 10cm deep and at least 8cm apart.
Caption: Hyacinth 'Woodstock' with Helichrysum stoechas 'White Barn'
Q How do I plant hyacinths in patio pots?
A For containers, plant at least 8cm deep in Best Buy compost. You can plant them close together, leaving a small gap between them. Once the flowers have faded, put the containers in a sheltered spot in the garden and feed with a liquid feed. Reduce watering once the leaves are beginning to die off. Lift the bulbs when all the foliage has died, and store them in a cool, dry place until replanting them in autumn.
Caption: Hyacinths work well in patio pots
Q Why are my hyacinths flowering poorly?
A If your hyacinths are flowering poorly, or producing thin, bluebell-like stems, it may be that they are too close to the surface of the soil.
Lift and replant, ensuring at least 10cm of soil is above the tip of the bulb. If the bulb has developed small bulblets around the side, they should be replaced as they will flower poorly.