This week I visited a favourite local garden centre, John’s Garden, to indulge in primulas. It’s hard to resist the myriad of jewel tones, especially when there is still snow on the gardens. Primula bloom as the snow melts, providing punches of jolly colour atop nests of fresh green leaves. I like to choose a few to mix & match for a fantastic colour explosion. ‘Supernova’ delivers vibrant mixed hues. ‘Blue Zebra’ has exquisite stripes. ‘Kennedy Irish Drumcliff’ has chocolate burgundy leaves with pastel pink blossoms. Primula, also known as primrose, has many, many options to choose from. Enjoy the spectacular spring show, and then the clumps of leaves meld into the textured green of the garden. Primulas are thirsty but don’t like ‘wet feet’, which means they like moisture and good drainage (similar to roses). They are happy in a woodland setting with part shade or shade. Primulas also make a great container table topper for Easter weekend! (Note – John’s Garden is located at 4300 Conc. 7, Uxbridge, ON, well worth the drive if you can make it! You can connect with them on facebook, https://www.facebook.com/johnsgardeninuxbridge.)
Technical stuff – Primula or primrose, hardy perennial to zone 3, 4 or 5 depending on variety so check the label, prefers part shade, most varieties height of 4"-8" and spread of 6"-8", prefers well drained, moist soil, blooms in spring.