Now that Spring is officially here we can start brightening up our gardens right now!
Primroses and Primulas are one of the easiest, prettiest and cost efficient plants you can buy and are so versatile they look fantastic mixed or in block colours, planted solo or planted en mass there is really so much you can do!
When it comes to care, overall they are generally very hardy. Primroses prefer cooler temperatures making them perfect for the cool Irish Spring. They love, love, love compost especially with some added leaf mold and ideally they can be in full sun, moving to partial shade as the weather gets warmer.
Primroses should be planted with rich, well draining, slightly acidic soil (ph 6.5). You can check your pH levels using a soil metre. Primroses must be planted so that their crown is right at soil level and at least six inches apart.
Types of Primula
Primula is the genus (like the parent plant) and derives from the latin word “prim” meaning first, as Primula are usually the first flowers of Spring! The official Latin name of the Primrose is “primula vulgaris”. These are the most common and also known as “wild primrose”.
Other variations include primula japonica (Japanese Primrose), primula chinesis (Chinese Primrose), primula veris (Cowslip) and primula polyanthus (Polyanthus Primrose). As you can see these are all types of Primula but do not necessarily look the same or have the same care needs!
Primula Vulgaris (common primrose) is the one you will mainly see in borders beds and baskets. They are close to the ground and the flowers are low among the leaves. Primula Polyanthus will have a tall, thick stem with a cluster of flowers on the top. These look great in woodland and meadow gardens.
There are so many types these are just the two most commonly seen. You can browse our entire range of Primula here