Plant combo of the week – Daffodil ‘Mt Hood’ and Grape Hyacinth ‘Blue Spike’

Today I am rolling out a new feature on the blog – “Plant Combo of The Week” – where I’ll feature a plant tandem from my own garden that I am digging. We all know that our flowers and foliage look that much better with a partner or foil and I’ll do my best to highlight some of my favorites.

Since today is February 1st and spring is within earshot, I’ll give you a bulb combo I’ve had going for three years now. It is Narcissus (Daffodil) ‘Mount Hood’ and Muscari (Grape Hyacinth) ‘Blue Spike’.

The photo above was taken when both were in peak bloom, near the end of April and into early May here in my zone 6B garden. They typically look like this for a good two weeks. I am desperate for color at that time of year so this vignette is a welcome sight.

I had written a post about Daffodil ‘Mount Hood’ a few years back, so feel free to check that out if you desire more info. One of the more interesting features of ‘Mt Hood’ is that the flowers emerge yellow, and then quickly transform to an ivory white.


While this daffodil/hyacinth combo has only been together for 3 years, I’ve had the ‘Mount Hood’ daffodils for 7 years now and they show no signs of slowing down. I let the foliage die back completely and feed the bulbs each summer and I assume that has aided in their longevity.

The Muscari ‘Blue Spike’ foliage emerges in the fall and in the winter (I can see it right now out my front window) depending on intermittent warm spells, often dies back fully and then reemerges in spring. And the rabbits nibble it like mad. But even with that, they still perform and bloom without issue. I haven’t had a bloom chowed on to date.


I do have to admit that these are in the one spot where I have good soil drainage because they would never survive the winter with wet feet.

They are also in partial shade and don’t seem to mind even though full sun is the ideal exposure.

The ‘Blue Spike’ blooms get no taller than 6″ and have a decent fragrance but nowhere near that of other hyacinths.







6 thoughts on “Plant combo of the week – Daffodil ‘Mt Hood’ and Grape Hyacinth ‘Blue Spike’

  1. Dell

    Great combo! I thought I should mention that you have ‘Mt Airy’ in the title of the post. No doubt, you were thinking of the beauty of spring and the white catkin-like flowers of this great shrub. I have ‘Blue Shadow’ and hope to plant a ‘Mt. Airy’ this year. I love your blog by the way! From one neurotic gardener to another, thanks for all the inspiration and laughs!

    1. jmarkowski Post author

      Thanks so much Dell! Correction has been made and you were right, I have Fothergilla on the brain as well.

  2. Bill

    Very excited about your Combo of the Week series! I’ve been studying combinations this winter and eager to get better are pairing! Keep up the good work. -Bill (another young, straight guy who loves flowers because they’re pretty).

  3. Beth Lynch

    Wonderful combo. I love daffodils with anything because the deer don’t eat them. Another good combination is Thalia daffodil with phlox divaricata. Partial shade for it too.

  4. Heather

    You have beautiful pictures on this blog. I love, love, love daffodils and grape hyacinths. I have them all over my yard, and these pictures are making me ache for spring.

    1. jmarkowski Post author

      Thanks so much Heather!! Any particular Hyacinth or Daffodil you love more than others?

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