Spotlight on Primroses – A Cottage Garden Favorite for Centuries

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“Of all the flowers in the garden the primrose, in all its many forms, must be one of the best loved, and it has been grown in cottage gardens since Tudor times.”  The Cottage Gardener’s Companion, p. 5.

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While I had many plants in my Mississippi garden that I miss on the New Jersey Shore, I have discovered that I can grow a few flowers in the North that I could not grow in the South. I never grew primroses in the South. Although it is recommended that you mulch the primroses in the North, they actually need the cold winters there.

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Primula Polyanthus vulgaris comes in almost every color of the rainbow, and in virtually any Jersey Garden Center, it is easy to buy the plants during spring. Primroses are easy to transplant.

Primroses provide you with early spring blooms in almost every color of the rainbow. They prefer cool temperatures, a rich humus soil (lots of compost and leaf mold) and partial shade. They appreciate full sun in the spring, but must have semi-shade as the temperatures warm. They are quite tolerant of being transplanted, even when they are in bloom. They should be planted in a cool, partly shady area in the garden with rich, well-draining, slightly acid soil (pH 6.5). Primroses need to be planted so that their crown is right at soil level and at least six inches apart. Read the Full Article Here

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