Spring has sprung with perfect primulas and springtime bulbs

Plant a rainbow of colour to welcome in spring by packing patio pots and filling flower beds with primulas and polyanthus. These cheerful bedding plants offer great value, flowering their hearts out for weeks on end to brighten your outlook on even the dullest of days.

New varieties are continually being bred offering outstanding garden performance, larger flowers and better resistance to the vagaries of our weather. Although single-coloured flowers are always popular also look out for bicolours, double and rosebud types, plus wonderfully scented new varieties too.

Bold blocks of primulas always look striking, but impressive displays can also be created by combining them with other spring bedding, flowering bulbs and foliage plants too. Small pot grown plants are available now in full flower, making them perfect for creating instant displays in any garden, patio or courtyard.

Primulas are one of the most popular wildflowers too. Make your own grassy meadow or plant banks, verges and other natural areas with dainty Primroses (Primula vulgaris) and Cowslips (Primula veris). Keep watered if conditions are dry and these hardy perennials will quickly establish, flowering and setting seed to slowly spread and cover the area with their progeny.

Spring planting combinations for primulas

Choose from a range of spring bedding plants, flowering bulbs and hardy perennials to create colourful displays for patio pots and flowerbeds. Here are some ideas of the flowers you could choose as companion plants for primulas and polyanthus:

  • Bedding Daisies (Bellis)

  • Bugle (Ajuga)

  • Daffodils and Narcissus

  • Forget-me-nots (Myosotis)

  • Grape Hyacinths (Muscari)

  • Heuchera

  • Hyacinths

  • Pansies

  • Violas

  • Stocks

  • Sweet William

  • Tulips

  • Wallflowers (Erysimum)

Springtime bulbs 

With the variable weather in the UK changing from day to day and region to region, bringing your bulbs inside will help them to flower sooner. Nothing creates a spring mood in store and in the home like potted bulb plants. They offer convenience for the consumer, are almost guaranteed to flower and radiate lots of energy thanks to all the sprouting bulbs. Some of the stars in the potted bulb category have been selected for March to celebrate the start of Spring: Narcissi, grape hyacinths (Muscari), tulips and hyacinths will flower quickly and radiantly in warm conditions indoors.