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Prim and Proper Primulas

19 June 2014 No Comment

When thinking ‘winter garden’ the vibrant palette offered to us by Primula malacoides (Fairy Primrose) and its cousin Primula acaulis (English Primrose) are among the first thoughts that come to mind.
Planted en masse, the versatile Primula malacoides creates a sea of blooms that gives a real wild flower feel to your garden but they’ll work equally well as border plants and in containers.
Fairy Primrose is available in white, crimson, lavender, purple, pink and rose with adult plants reaching up to 45 cm tall and 20 cm across and will compliment your spring flowering bulbs beautifully by flowering well into summer.
The English Primrose flowers in tight bunches and is much shorter than the Fairy, but offers a comparable range of colour, so remember to plant them in the front of your beds because its low height makes it an excellent choice for borders.
Acaulis, meaning “without stem”, is quite a literal description, as their flowers seem to come straight out of the leaves.
Sweating it out in the heat is not something acaulis do well so they normally die down early in the summer.
Nothing truly heralds the onset of spring like the prim and proper primula.
When your garden is at its most dormant the spectrum of colour they provide is sure to lift you, and it, from the winter doldrums.
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