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Double flowering primroses that last longer than any other primrose!

 

Look at where primroses grow in the wild. Yes, on ditches and dry banks and under trees. Notice how they grow at an angle allowing rain to run off them. How do we plant them? If we plant them upright they won't have as good a chance of surviving, so simply copy nature and angle your primroses when you plant, putting lots of grit or stone underneath. This way of planting will ensure you get a long flowering period. If you love spring, then you will have to love primroses!

Primroses like spring sunshine but full-on summer sun is far too intense and drying for them. Place them under deciduous shrubs - viburnums, philadelphus and hazels, for instance - where spring sun penetrates the bare branches early in the year.

The named doubles and singles mix well with other spring-flowering woodlanders such as snowdrops, hellebores, dicentras, wood anemones, Viola cornuta and cardamines. The black strappy leaves of Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' are a perfect foil for pale and white primroses, whether planted in the ground or in a container.

The intricate double and laced forms need to be seen at a raised height to be fully appreciated. They can be grown singly in pots and placed on staging in semi-shade. They can also be grown in containers with spring-flowering bulbs, heathers, ivies and with winter-flowering shrubs such as sarcococca and skimmia.

Position in garden: The Primrose makes an excellent garden plant for a variety of garden situations, including the wild garden, orchards, hedge bottoms, under trees and in the front of the herbaceous border. They appreciate light shading during the hottest months of the summer, which can be provided as taller herbaceous plants grow in early summer. Primroses benefit from planting in a fertile, well-dug soil, and from frequent division.

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