How to Prep and Arrange Hyacinths

With their high-impact color and shape, hyacinths can make quite an impression -- if you know what to do with them. Design expert Kevin Sharkey shares his top tips for working with these bold, beautiful blooms.

Kevin Sharkey
Executive Editorial Director Decorating, Home, and Style
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Stem Surgery. Before you do any arranging, cut off the white base. Like tulips, hyacinths will continue to grow in water. If they become too top heavy, their stems will split. Trimming the base impedes the movement of water through the stems, which will keep them right where you want them.

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Prepping the stems.

One of a Kind. Hyacinths don’t play well with others. They’re low and compact, which makes them tough to pair. Luckily, they’re striking enough to stand on their own -- always in monochrome, please.

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One shade is better than two.

Keep It Contained. Hyacinths are like wallpaper -- a fun, colorful statement that’s best in small doses. Put them somewhere you’ll pass through quickly, like an entry hall or powder room. Because they’re also very fragrant, I wouldn’t recommend using them anywhere you’ll be eating or sleeping.

For more on Kevin's floral philosophy, come along for a flower market tour and shopping tips -- then get inspired by Kevin's favorite spring floral arrangements.

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About the Author

Kevin Sharkey

Kevin Sharkey is Senior Vice President and Executive Editorial Director, Decorating, and Executive Creative Director, Merchandising for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (MSLO). A designer and all-around creative expert, he plays a vital role in shaping MSLO’s editorial content and product designs. Mr. Sharkey came to MSLO in 1995 from Parish-Hadley, a venerable New York City...

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