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Introducing...

Primulas for damp soils

Botanical name: Primula

This large group of primulas offer late spring to summer colour in a wide range of flower shapes and shades. Most are candelabra types, with a few exceptions, but all combine well with hostas, ferns and other plants that enjoy similar conditions. They are ideal streamside plants and thrive in cool, damp situations.

Looks

Rising from rosettes of leaves at ground level, tall stems hold their saucer-like flowers outwards in concentric circles. Colours include white and shades of yellow, pink, purple, red and orange. One exception, P. vialli has conical flowers in lilac or white.

Likes

This group prefer reliably moist soil in partial shade. Some need acid soil. They can tolerate full sun provided the soil stays reasonably damp in summer.

Dislikes

These plants will not do well in poor, dry soil, especially in full sun.

Did you know?

Larger types appreciate regular applications of garden compost or other organic soil improver to maintain soil fertility.

Growing guide

Primulas we recommend for damp soil

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