Plants - Perennials

In praise of primroses

By
Bernard S. Jackson

These colourful, versatile plants bring cheer to the spring and summer garden

Primrose cultivars

Species:
P. ALLIONII
Zone: 5
Colour: Various
Environment: Rock garden
Season: Spring
Exposure: Open
Height X spread (CM): 10 x 10 to 15

Species: P. ALPICOLA
Zone: 5
Colour: Yellow, white, purple
Environment: bog, pondside
Season: Early summer
Exposure: Light shade
Height X spread (CM): 15 to 60 x 15 to 30

Species: P. AURICULA
Zone: 3
Colour: Various
Environment: Rock garden
Season: Spring
Exposure: Open
Height X spread (CM): 15 to 20 x 15

Species: P. BEESIANA
Zone: 4
Colour: Rose/carmine
Environment: bog, pondside
Season: Early summer
Exposure: Open
Height X spread (CM): 60 to 75 x 45 to 60

Species: P. BULLEYANA
Zone: 5
Colour: Deep orange
Environment: bog, pondside
Season: Early summer
Exposure: Open
Height X spread (CM): 60 to 90 x 30 to 45

Species: P. CAPITATA
Zone: 5
Colour: Deep violet
Environment: Woodland
Season: Summer
Exposure: Light shade
Height X spread (CM): 15 to 30 x 15 to 20

primrose-inset2.jpgSpecies: P. CARNIOLICA
Zone: 5
Colour: Rose pink/purple pink
Environment: Container
Season: Spring
Exposure: Open
Height X spread (CM): 10 to 20 x 15 to 20

Species: P. CHUNGENSIS
Zone: 5
Colour: Pale orange
Environment: Bog, pondside
Season: Early summer
Exposure: Open
Height X spread (CM): 60 to 75 x 30 to 45

Species: P. CLUSIANA
Zone: 5
Colour: Rose/lilac
Environment: Rock garden
Season: Spring
Exposure: Open
Height X spread (CM): 10 x 10

Species: P. DENTICULATA
Zone: 2
Colour: Pink, lilac, white
Environment: Bog
Season: Spring
Exposure: Open
Height X spread (CM): 30 to 60 x 30 to 45

Species: P. ELATIOR
Zone: 3
Colour: Sulfur yellow
Environment: Woodland
Season: Spring
Exposure: Light shade
Height X spread (CM): 15 to 20 x 15 to 20

Species: P. FARINOSA
Zone: 3
Colour: Lilac-pink
Environment: Rock garden
Season: Spring
Exposure: Open
Height X spread (CM): 15 to 30 x 15

Species: P. FLORINDAE
Zone: 3
Colour: Sulfur yellow
Environment: Bog, pondside
Season: Midsummer
Exposure: Open
Height X spread (CM): 60 to 90 x 30 to 60

Species: P. FRONDOSA
Zone: 4
Colour: Lilac/rose
Environment: Rock garden
Season: Spring
Exposure: Open
Height X spread (CM): 5 to 15 x 10 to 15

Species: P. HIRSUTA
Zone: 4
Colour: Rose-pink
Environment: Container
Season: Spring
Exposure: Light shade
Height X spread (CM): 7 x 10

Species: P. JAPONICA
Zone: 4
Colour: Deep red
Environment: Bog, pondside
Season: Early summer
Exposure: Open
Height X spread (CM): 45 to 75 x 30 to 45

Species: P. LAURENTIANA
Zone: 3
Colour: Light blur
Environment: Rock garden
Season: Late spring
Exposure: Open
Height X spread (CM): 10 to 20 x 10

Species: P. MARGINATA
Zone: 3
Colour: Blue shades
Environment: Rock garden
Season: Spring
Exposure: Open
Height X spread (CM): 10 to 15 x 10 to 20

Species: P. X POLYANTHA
Zone: 4
Colour: Various
Environment: Woodland
Season: Spring
Exposure: Light shade
Height X spread (CM): 12 to 22 x 15 to 20

Species: P. POLYNEURA
Zone: 5
Colour: Rose/purple
Environment: bog
Season: Spring
Exposure: Light shade
Height X spread (CM): 15 to 30 x 20 to 30

Species: P. X PRUHONICIANA
Zone: 4
Colour: Various
Environment: Woodland
Season: Spring
Exposure: Light shade
Height X spread (CM): 5 to 15 x 10 to 15

Species: P. X PUBESCENS
Zone: 3
Colour: Various
Environment: Rock garden
Season: Spring
Exposure: Open
Height X spread (CM): 10 to 15 x 15 to 20

Species: P. PULVERULENTA
Zone: 5
Colour: Deep red, purple eye
Environment: Bog, pondside
Season: Early summer
Exposure: Open
Height X spread (CM): 60 to 90 x 30 to 45

Species: P. ROSEA
Zone: 4
Colour: Glowing pink
Environment: Bog, pondside
Season: Spring
Exposure: Open
Height X spread (CM): 10 to 15 x 15 to 20

Species: P. SCOTICA
Zone: 4
Colour: Lilac-purple
Environment: Rock garden
Season: Spring
Exposure: Open
Height X spread (CM): 5 to 10 x 10 to 15

Species: P. SIEBOLDII
Zone: 4
Colour: Various
Environment: Woodland
Season: Early summer
Exposure: Light shade
Height X spread (CM): 15 to 25 x 15

Species: P. SIKKIMENSIS
Zone: 3
Colour: Soft yellow
Environment: Bog, pondside
Season: Summer
Exposure: Light shade
Height X spread (CM): 45 to 75 x 30 to 45

Species: P. X VENUSTA
Zone: *
Colour: Crimson purple
Environment: Rock garden
Season: Spring
Exposure: Open
Height X spread (CM): 10 to 20 x 10 to 15

Species: P. VERIS
Zone: *
Colour: Deep yellow
Environment: Woodland
Season: Spring
Exposure: Light shade
Height X spread (CM): 10 to 20 x 15 to 20

Species: P. VIALII
Zone: 5
Colour: Red and bluish purple
Environment: Woodland
Season: Late spring
Exposure: Light shade
Height X spread (CM): 30 to 60 x 20 to 30

Species: P. VULGARIS
Zone: 5
Colour: Various
Environment: Woodland
Season: Spring
Exposure: Light shade
Height X spread (CM): 5 to 15 x 15 to 30

Species: P. WULFENIANA
Zone: 4
Colour: Deep rose
Environment: Rock garden
Season: Spring
Exposure: Open
Height X spread (CM): 5 to 10 x 10 to 15

Image: Primula Farinosa and Primula Vulgaris

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