Cool nights

For those like me, cool nights toward the fall have one meaning: start digging! If you want to divide, move or establish new plants, this is the best time to do it. Spring pictures help when digging out; here are some from my Primula collection, all done from seed:

Primula frondosa – a dwarf European primrose with deliciously pink flowers in early spring; flower stems, buds and reverse of the leaves covered by white farina. I already wrote about this Primula-rina in the spring.

Primula pulverulenta – a candelabra type primrose very much like P. japonica but the flowering stems and buds are coated with white farina; brilliant red-magenta flowers enhanced by the contrast with the silver ‘dust’ (Sichuan, China).

Primula pulverulenta

Primula florindae, shown in the featured image and called the Tibetan cowslip, will become a giant primrose with clusters of pendent, bell-like clusters of scented flowers. They are usually yellow but some forms have brick or red coloured flowers; late June flowering (the flowers hang on Disporum leaves).

Candelabra Primulas look fantastic grown in groups; however, if you only have a small space (or you garden in containers :), plant a couple with alike plants and they’ll happily ‘pierce’ through the mix: Aconitum, Primula florindae, Primula pulverulenta and Saruma henry (below).

In containers - Primulas

Planting idea: Primula florindae, Aconitum (variegatum), Primula pulverulenta and Saruma henryi – container grown; a golden variegated Hosta in the background (just by chance)…



8 replies
    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      Some will get in love with it and some won’t…I’m half way; great foliage plant, if it likes the place it looks superb and even spread!, if not you’ll wonder what’s so great about this plant? I think it’s a bit of ‘from China’ plant syndrome, in this case.

  1. Amy Olmsted
    Amy Olmsted says:

    Thanks for the reinforcement of September being such a great time for planting, dividing and moving perennials! I’m just about to get out to the gardens and try to find room for a few newly acquired treasures from my trip to Nova Scotia and Maine! And I’m sure I’ll find plenty of things that will need a divide or move.

  2. hortma
    hortma says:

    Your seed shop is exciting! Please include hardiness zones and heights so we won’t be disappointed, and we will know where to plant them.

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      Thank you. I was thinking that the native range & growing conditions could replace the need for hardiness zones (which are a bit relative anyway), but I should listen to my future customers, shouldn’t I?
      Thank you for your suggestions.

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      I have been looking to collect, unfortunately I missed the right time. The very late start of the spring this year, and so much rain made it a bit difficult to catch some species ‘with seeds’. It is one that I want for my garden, so I’ll have it for sure next year.

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