The hyacinth is an easily-cultivated plant, of which more than a thousand varieties are grown in Holland, forming an important item of that country's export trade. All Europe and the United States are supplied with bulbs from this source. These should be set out in October or November, the finer sorts in beds, the common kinds as border plants. They will bloom in April, and may be kept in bloom for nearly a month. No watering is needed, but they must be kept free from weeds and supported with small sticks as they increase in height. They form a rich garden ornament, varying through every shade of red down to white, from blue to almost black, while some few are of yellow color.
The brilliant tulip is also a plant largely grown and yielding many varieties in Holland, in which land it has been famous for centuries. The bulbs should be planted in October or November, being set about four inches deep and four to six inches apart. They need a protective covering in case of severe frosts. They bloom in early spring, making a brilliant display with their gay and rich hues. There are both early and late bloomers, so that a tulip border may be kept in fine appearance for a considerable period. They succeed well in ordinary gar--den soil, and, with the hyacinth, make a very showy spring floral display. After the period of bloom, they can be taken up and stored until autumn, other plants taking their places.