Primroses are not just for Easter

In early spring particularly around Easter there are some lovely Primroses for sale on line and in the garden centres. Primulas, (Primrose) belong to a very large group of 400 types and of all types and colours. It’s appealing to see them as spring bedding and deal with them when early summer comes along, but some are perennial. In the group Primrose-Polyanthus Primulas, which are winter/ spring flowering, some are evergreen, some biennials and others are perennials which will flower every year. Instead of put them on the compost heap come completion of May, take a chance and plant them out and you might well find they pass away back a bit and do nothing much, however then follow spring they will enter into flower, and if dead headed will keep blooming. When emptying the spring tubs it’s worth restoring the best and planting them up. If Primroses are planted in the garden all year they will tend to flower behind those purchased in garden centres, particularly in a really bad year such as this, but they have actually come back. The Primroses illustrated on the left in the container will be planted at the end of May, in the garden very same spot as the others, as I feel Primroses look at their best grouped together. It’s constantly worth a shot instead of throwing them away and a nice surprise next spring when you spot them flowering again, for free.

There really are lots of types of Primulas consisting of candelabra types which are taller and many Primulas are strong coloured, long flowering and are terrific planted out in the borders and certainly not just for Easter.

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