March plant of the moment


Spring has sprung with perfect primulas

Add instant colour to your garden this spring with colourful bedding plants like primulas and polyanthus. Flowering for weeks on end, they are great value and are sure to brighten your outlook on the dullest of days.

Primulas are one of the most popular wildflowers and dainty Primroses (Primula vulgaris) and Cowslips (Primula veris) look at home in meadow style gardens.  Keep them watered if conditions are dry and they’ll quickly flowers and set seed and grow.

Primula enthusiasts often move on from growing bedding varieties to grow and displaying varieties of Auricula.  Auricula were a Victorian favourite, with hundreds of varieties bred over the years. Many have patterned, deeply coloured petals with a white or golden eye.

For boggy or damp shady sites there are several Asiatic primulas that flower from late spring through into summer. Look out for Japanese Candelabra Primula (Primula japonica), Chinese Candelabra Primula (Primula beesiana) and orange Bulley’s Candelabra Primula (Primula bulleyana).

Visit your local Homebase store for our full range or browse selected primulas online, now.


Top tips:

  • Deadhead regularly to remove faded flowers and keep your plants looking their best.
  • Patio pots can get waterlogged during wet weather, so make sure you put a layer of coarse gravel (or similar drainage material) at the bottom of the pot before you fill it with compost.
  • Use ‘feet’ to raise pots of the ground to avoid drainage holes getting blocked.
  • If snow or bad weather is forecast, move pots to sheltered areas.
  • Cheeky sparrows and other birds sometimes peck at primroses, damaging their blooms. It’s hard to stop this unfortunately, but pots closer to the house will help to scare them away and some people say that they usually leave blue varieties alone.

Companion plants:

Bold blocks of primulas always look striking, but impressive displays can also be created by combining them with other spring bedding, flowering bulbs and foliage plants too.

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