Plantaholics choice – pick of the Primulas 2018/19

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Primulas are a fairly large family of mainly hardy perennials.  Here we talk about the Primroses and Polyanthus that are so popular in our winter and spring bedding displays in our borders and containers.  They are fully hardy and come in a massive range of colours and forms.  They are available in both mixed colours and single colours.  The primroses are forms of Primula Acaulis which have the same shape and habit as our native Primula Veris with several short stems each having one flower on top.  We also include some Polyanthus which are a cross between the Primrose and the Cowslip, and have one taller stem with several flowers at the top.  Both provide much needed colour at a time when it can be scarce.  Despite the fact that we normally remove our Primroses and Polyanthus after flowering and discard them, they are actually a fully hardy perennial and will continue to bloom year after year. Below I have chosen a selection of my favourites from the online catalogues for this Autumn to show to you.

 

Primula Rubens Mix

(Image copyright Dobies)

The genuinely double flowers make this variety stand out and look quite different. Great range of colours and robust growing plant. Flowers through February and March. Height 11-20cm (4-8″); spread 11-20cm (4-8″).

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Primula Victorian Laced Mix

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A long-flowering mix producing multiple stems topped with large blooms with yellow centres and gold or silver laced edges set off against lush mid green foliage. In shades of purple and red to black-brown. Ideal for growing in pots, where their laced blooms can be appreciated at close hand. Flowers March-May. Height 30cm (12″).

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Primula Woodland Rose

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Whether you plant these primroses en masse or you mix them with other colours, they make a beautiful addition to your winter garden. A new, premium variety bred for its robust growing, Woodland Rose has beautiful mid pink flowers with a slightly darker margin and yellow centre. Flowers January-February. Height 11-20cm (4-8″); spread 20-30cm (8-12″).
Ideal for beds and borders, patio pots and containers. Grows well in sun or shade.

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Primula Chameleon Mix

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A real stand out variety to brighten up any patio or border front with the pastel pink, yellow and orange coloured flowers helping to brighten up the darker months during January and February.

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Primula Sparkly Blue

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How about adding something different to your outside space this winter?  Sparkly Blue primrose plants are a new and improved form, perfect for adding a touch of the unique to a winter garden.
Deep purple petals and a clear white margin make the dainty flowers stand out, perfect for adding a touch of colour to wintertime. Flowers January-February. Height 11-20cm (4-8″); spread 20-30cm (8-12″).

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Hardy Primula ‘Francisca’

(image copyright YouGarden)

Incredible lime-green ruffled flowers year after year
Very hardy and easy to grow, this Polyanthus looks great in pots and borders
Will flower in March and April every year
Unusual and hard to find in garden centres

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Primrose ‘Amore’

(Image copyright Unwins)

Enjoy seeing the hydrangea-like flowers open on primrose Amore plants unfurling from pink buds full of promise revealing peach-melba petals that look and smell tropical and tantalising. Every flower has intricate cut edges like garden pinks to give that extra bit of sophistication.

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Primrose ‘Romance’

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Add drama to your early flower displays with this recent introduction of red flowers that emerge from as early as February. Long-flowering variety keeps your flower displays dazzling until early summer when other bedding takes the baton.

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Primrose ‘Zebra Blue’

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Enjoy watching the flowers unfurl on primrose Zebra Blue plants from attractive buds and revealing petals in blue-vein formation among contrasting dark green almost olive leaves. Every flower emits a soft scent welcome in early March and lifting your spirits after the dreary winter.

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Primrose Sweetheart

(image copyright Waitrose Garden)

Sprinkle some pink fairy dust around your garden borders and pots with these hardy, colourful and scented primroses. They will bloom throughout spring, and make perfect companions for spring-flowering bulbs and early flowering shrubs.

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Primrose ‘Rosebud Mixed’

(Image copyright Van Meuwen)

Masses of dazzling, fragrant double flowers with the appearance rosebuds in late winter and spring. Plant these cheery primroses in containers and borders or grow them indoors as a colourful spring houseplant. Height: 20cm (8″).

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Primula Belarina ‘Candy Frost’

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New for 2018, a fabulous bicolour with lilac flowers laced with ice-white.
Easy to grow, the compact, vigorous plants offer unrivalled performance.
Masses of large, fully double flowers.
Fully winter hardy and flowers up to mid-May.

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Primrose Husky Raspberry Punch

From the acclaimed ‘Husky Series’, Primrose ‘Husky Raspberry Punch’ will add a rosy glow to your winter garden. Superb colouring and brilliant flower power, whatever the weather, make this vigorous F1 variety perfect for your spring garden. Versatile and easy to grow, Primroses are enduringly popular for their reliable performance year after year. Height and spread; 20cm (8″).

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Primrose ‘Primlet Sunrise’

(Image copyright Thompson and Morgan)

Add a touch of romance to the garden this winter with a primrose that thinks it’s a real rose! Roses are renowned for their scent and iconic flower shape, but so is ‘Primlet Sunrise’! The heavy clusters of scented blooms look just like mini roses. Grow your own pretty posies of primroses in ever-changing sunrise shades. An essential ingredient for your winter and spring patio pots when you’re looking to inject warmth and colour into the garden at the coldest time of year. Height: 15cm (6″). Spread: 18cm (7″).

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Primrose ‘Blackberry Crush’

(Image copyright Thompson and Morgan)

An ‘upmarket’ addition to the popular range of seasonal bedding primroses. The unusual blooms of Primrose ‘Blackberry Crush’ offer three stunning shades for a truly striking floral display through late winter and spring. These hardy bedding plants make a real statement in the border but really come into their own when given centre stage in patio container displays and early season hanging baskets, where the opulent blooms can truly be appreciated. Add a touch of class to your spring displays this season with Primrose ‘Blackberry Crush’. Height and spread: 20cm (8″).

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Primrose ‘Elizabeth’

(Image copyright Thompson and Morgan)

A primrose with a difference. You’ll be amazed at the colour changing blooms of spring-flowering Primrose ‘Elizabeth’, each bloom looks different day by day as they work through a myriad of yellow and pink shades. It’s a shape changer too! Young blooms start our frilly, with petals straightening out as they mature. Looks lovely in spring table top planters and adds a touch of elegance to spring bedding displays in the border. Height: 20cm (8″). Spread: 15cm (6″).

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Primrose ‘Scirocco Lilac’

(Image copyright Thompson and Morgan)

This has to be the ultimate Primrose! ‘Scirocco Lilac’ is set to be a future favourite thanks to its luxuriant swirled blooms.  The colour-splashed blooms are a sight to behold on a dull spring day and are guaranteed to lift your garden display as well as your spirits. Primrose ‘Scirocco Lilac’ makes an excellent spring border filler as well as a show-off specimen in spring containers. Plant out with your favourite spring bulbs this autumn for an elegant early season display in spring. Height and spread: 25cm (10″).

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Happy planting, I hope you have the best winter/spring bedding displays ever.

Mark Snelling

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