Plants - Perennials

Planting primroses in your spring garden

Stephen Westcott-Gratton
Photography by
Millette Photomedia

One of the first to arrive at spring's pretty garden party, the humble Primula warrants VIP status.


Drumstick primrose (P. denticulata), 30 cm x 25 cm, Zone 2
Spherical umbels of lavender or white flowers with a yellow eye held on sturdy stems above deciduous rosettes of mid-green leaves

Native from the Himalayas to China and introduced in 1838; hybridizing has led to pink, red and blue forms; one of the easiest (and hardiest) primroses to grow in average garden conditions. RHS AGM, 1993

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