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PRIMULA - THE FIRST FLOWER OF THE NEW YEAR.

Primula vulgarisPRIMULA - THE FIRST FLOWER OF THE NEW YEAR.
While most other plants are still dormant, Primula the HTA's Plant of the Month for January, will bring colourful blooms, interest and life to even the most forlorn looking back garden in the colder months.

There are more than 500 species in the genus Primula, including auricula, cowslip and oxlip. The most well known is common primrose (Primula vulgaris, ) a native European plant, which derives its name from the Latin 'prima', or first, and 'rosa' or rose. The first rose - a symbol for the arrival of spring in the UK. It is also known as the early Rose and Easter Rose

primulas AuriculaThe majority of these plants bloom in the spring, but have been known to flower throughout a mild winter. A wide range of colours are available with this hardy group of plants, from bright yellow to pastel reds and blues. They can be planted in containers, winter baskets and garden borders. They can grow in most soil types and can be planted in many garden situations including sun and semi shade.

They can be used very effectively in bedding schemes alongside tulips and other winter/spring bedding plants or planted in blocks of colour. When planting primula in containers, use multi-purpose compost and ensure that they never dry out. It is worth dead heading the plants regularly as this will encourage a longer flowering period.

PRIMROSE OXLIPPolyanthus is an old favourite, within the species, which has been enhanced by hybridisation giving an improved colour range and hardiness to the plant. Polyanthus is very versatile and can be planted in borders and containers. They can brighten up any part of the garden and can be used in partially shaded spots as well.

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