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Grape hyacinths are hardy, easy to grow, and have long-lasting blooms - no garden should be without them. They are particularly spectacular when allowed to naturalize, whether under trees, along a pathway, tucked into ground covers, or in a bed. 'Blue Magic' has a true-blue hue and is great for forcing. They are fragrant, with good early color. Muscari can be forced and are very adaptable to various growing conditions, but must have well-drained soil.
Other, cultivated varieties of Muscari armeniacum come in different shades of blue, and one variety comes in white. Different species of Muscari provide additional variety in terms of colour and form: Muscari azureum has a somewhat more open and less "grapey" look, Muscari latifolium is two-toned: light and dark blue, and Muscari plumosum is feathery and mauve in colour.
 
Combinations to plant with Muscari 
 
The winning combination for me is Muscari  mixed with tete et tete daffodils ,this is a stunning combination of yellow toned down with the blue of muscari. Both these bulbs will come back without fail year after year to give you joy for weeks and weeks. 
Margaret top tip 
 
 
Tete-a-Tete Daffodil
 
This is a vigorous, dwarf daffodil bearing 1-3 flowers in early spring, on average between late February and April. The golden-yellow flowers are perfect to lighten up dark areas and are beautiful in mass plantings.

It is easy to grow and compact, making it ideal for smaller gardens and areas where the traditional size daffodils can be too much. It has been bred to have multiple flowers per bulb for a fantastic bright display. This cultivar can also be grown indoors for early flowering.This is what I call the 'fool proof' daffodil. Even for the gardener that can't seem to grow anything, this variety is so easy to get going. No matter how awful a gardener you may think you are, there's a 100% success rate with this variety so there is no excuse! It really couldn't be simpler, and with that classic daffodil look, it will really give your garden that perfect spring ambience

 

Margaret's Tip: Soak your bulbs overnight in a mixture of tomato food , this will give to a much longer flowering period, in Spring when your bulbs have finished flowering give them some slow release feeding and this will keep them in top condition for another year

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