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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

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Intriguing primroses

Posted by Graham Rice on 04 Mar 2009 at 05:30 PM

Primrose 'Greensleeves'. Image: Brilliant Gardens So many of the primroses and polyanthus we see in garden centres at this time of year are just blobs of bright colours with no charm or elegance. The brightest colours and the largest flowers seem to be the aim. Even many of the plants sold as "wild primroses" have nothing wild about them with monstrous flowers in scorching yellow.

But for a few years now Brilliant Gardens have been introducing primroses which are a little different and getting them into garden centres around the country. Many of their plants come in unusual colours and patterns and while some are as garish as those lined up by the dozen in markets everywhere many are really delightful.

Some are intended as short term indoor pot plants, but of their hardier types new for this season I especially liked the look of ‘Greensleeves' in a range of unusual yellow to grey shades overlaid with green and ‘Cheshire Life' with clusters of primrose yellow flowers, prettily patterned in amber gold.

Primrose 'Woodland Walk'. Image: Brilliant GardensFavourites amongst recent introductions include ‘Woodland Walk' with white flowers picoteed in pink and ‘Stonewash' in a range of pattered blue shades. There are more on the way.

Look out for them in garden centres around the country, and to find out more and see more of their varieties go to the Brilliant Gardens website.


Victoria said:

I love the idea of toning colours. I can never decide which colour to get, yet I don't like a multi-coloured effect either. This seems a good solution.

on 06 Mar 2009 at 07:40 PM