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Growing Muscari in Containers

Posted by Kath LaLiberte on Nov 11, 2016

Growing Muscari in Containers - Longfield-Gardens

Muscari are one of my favorite spring flowers. They aren’t as big and showy as tulips or daffodils, but they do:

  • have heavenly blue flowers
  • make ideal companions for every other type of bulb
  • are reliably perennial
  • smell good — like grape juice
  • fade away quickly after they bloom
  • are rarely bothered by deer or rodents
  • grow well in containers
  • are good for forcing

Growing Muscari in Containers - Longfield-Gardens
Muscari Armeniacum

What to Love About Muscari

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

For example, look at the amazing powder-blue flowers below. They’re ‘Valerie Finnis‘.

Growing Muscari in Containers - Longfield-Gardens
Muscari Valerie Finnis

There are already many different varieties of muscari in my garden. But every fall I plant additional bulbs in pots, so I can admire their flowers up close. Last year was the first time I grew the amazing tri-color variety named ‘Ocean Magic‘.

Growing Muscari in Containers - Longfield-Gardens
Muscari Ocean Magic

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

Growing Muscari in Containers - Longfield-Gardens
Muscari White Magic

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’.

Growing Muscari in Containers - Longfield-Gardens

Most of the 25 pots of bulbs that I planted this fall, included at least a handful of muscari. The pretty blue flowers and grassy foliage always seems to look just right. What sorts of fall bulbs did you plant in containers?

To learn more about growing muscari, read All About Muscari. To learn about growing bulbs in containers read  How to Grow Spring Bulbs in Containers.

Topics: Container Gardening Fall Planted Bulbs 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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