California Gardening with a Southern Accent: Come join me for a cup of tea and I will share with you how you can add splashes of color with flowers to chase away the winter blues in your home and garden.
Primrose flowers are wonderful plants to add a pop of color, and are a welcome sight in the garden and home as winter winds down. They are one of the first plants to bloom in late winter and early spring and most varieties can tolerate a short frost cycle. This lovely flower is inexpensive, and comes in a wide variety of colors, and is an outdoor perennial that can also be grown indoors as a colorful houseplant if you provide the right conditions. Plants can be purchased at your local nursery, on line, farmer’s market, etc. I recently purchased mine from a local grocery store for $1.25 per pot.
Bentley, my Studio Assistant, loves to help out in the garden and is waiting patiently for us to get started.
Primroses are lovely planted in the ground, as well in pots, baskets, and all types of containers. They are beloved in the South and by gardeners around the world. This charmer was mentioned in a few of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets as well as in children’s fairy tale books. I remember our Mother telling us stories about fairies living in little houses under the leaves and using the flowers as umbrellas to protect them from the rain.
If planting in the ground or in outdoor containers they prefer partial shade. It is best to place them in locations where they get morning sun and are not exposed to sun in the hottest part of the day. They die back in Summer to escape the heat.
I like to plant my Primroses in pots or containers so they can be moved around the garden to create pops of color. This arrangement creates a high impact focal point in the garden by grouping Primroses with the early Pansies already in bloom.
A simple single bloom will add a joyful spot of color to your garden.
Primroses are charming in nontraditional containers and make a lovely gift. Baskets and vintage containers can add to the charm of the flowers.
Erin Houghton is a regular contributor to Southern Guide to Life. She is an artist, photographer, gardener and owners of www.mypaintedgarden.com. She has been featured in numerous national publications and her art has been featured, and exhibited, both nationally and internationally. To find out more visit www.mypaintedgarden.com. Follow her on Pinterest. Visit her on Facebook. Shop her Online Store.