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.


Alpine auricula (Primula auricula), 10 cm x 10 cm, Zone 3, (shown: Dale's Red)
Blooms in every shade imaginable, usually with a contrasting eye and often dusted with mealy white “farina” held above rosettes of evergreen foliage

Native to the Alps and cultivated for more than 500 years, there are hundreds of hybrids. Fast-draining soil with plenty of grit is essential for success. Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit, 1993

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