Primroses are abundant at this time of year, giving such pleasure in the early spring time. This plant favours the hedgerow banks and open woodland. There are many colourful varieties available but I have to say that my preference is for the simple beauty of this species plant – a pale yellow flower held up above dusky ribbed leaves. In my home garden they are emerging from among the winter leaf litter and look all the more radiant in their appearance because of the aged leaves around them.

Tip! Leaving last year’s deciduous leaf fall on the border surface makes for a useful mulch helping to retain moisture for the plant’s roots, the leaves will break down over time, aided by the worms taking them down into the soil as they rot, adding organic matter to the soil. (Saves clearing leaves in the autumn and gives something back to the soil = win/win!)

About the plant

Primula vulgaris (Primrose) will reach a height of 0.2m and a spread of 0.35m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses
Banks and Slopes, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Rock, Wildflower, Wildlife, Woodland
Grow in moist, free-draining, humus-rich soil in partial shade. Tolerates full sun if soil is kept consistently moist
Soil type
Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
Soil drainage
Moist but well-drained, Well-drained
Soil pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Full Sun, Partial Shade
North, South, East, West
Hardy (H4)

Happy gardening!