For spring fragrance, hyacinths are in a class by themselves. Their sweet, penetrating scent wafts through the garden on even the faintest breeze. Nothing could be more welcome, after breathing stale indoor air all winter, than stepping outdoors in spring and taking in the sweet perfume of a hyacinth.
Hyacinths produce barrel-shaped flower heads consisting of dozens of florets in early spring. They look best when planted in clusters toward the front of a border or massed in a formal bed. The flower heads are at their largest and fullest the first spring after planting; in subsequent years, they tend to be smaller and looser, which gives them a more natural look.
Please note: Hyacinth bulbs can irritate your skin. Wear gloves when handling them and planting them in the fall.