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Growing Muscari in Containers

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 11, 2016

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Muscari are one of my favorite spring flowers. They aren’t as big and showy as tulips or daffodils, but they have so much going for them:

  • they’re blue
  • they make ideal companions
  • they come back year after year
  • they smell like grape juice
  • the foliage fades away quickly
  • deer and rodents rarely bother them
  • they are easy to grow in pots 

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My favorite thing about muscari is the way the flowers are formed. Each one is so intricate and perfectly assembled. They remind me of a jeweled brooch — like the ones in my grandmother’s jewelry box.

For example, look at the amazing light blue ones below. They’re ‘Valerie Finnis’.

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I have lots of muscari in my garden, but every fall I plant some in pots so I can admire them up close. Last year I grew these tri-color ones, which are ‘Ocean Magic’.

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A whole handful of bulbs costs about $3, so you can try some fun creative projects.

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I like muscari all by themselves, but they are also the perfect bulbs to add to a pot of tulips or daffodils. Here they’re mixed with daffodil ‘Tete a Tete’.

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I planted 25 pots of bulbs this fall and many of them included muscari. What sorts of fall bulbs did you plant in containers?

Want to learn more? Read All About Muscari.

Topics: Fall Planted Bulbs Muscari Spring Blooming Bulbs

Kathleen LaLiberte has been writing about gardening for more than 30 years from her home in northern Vermont, where she tends a half acre of flowers, vegetables and fruit. She has been working with Longfield Gardens since 2011.

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