Crocuses are one of the first flowers to bloom in early spring. Their arrival always brings a very welcome splash of colour to the garden.
Part of the Iridaceae family, crocuses are low-growing plants (around 2-4 inches tall). Various colours are available, from purple and pink to orange and yellow. Many species of crocus perform well in rock gardens or raised beds.
Crocus x luteus ‘Golden Yellow’ was one of the first crocuses to bloom in the Pershore garden. It typically flowers in February and March – its bright, orange-yellow flowers are hard to miss!
Read more about crocuses, including planting tips.
The appearance of snowdrops (Galanthus) is one of the earliest signs that spring is on its way. Galanthus is a small genus made up of around 20 species. The genus sits within the Amaryllidaceae family.
Characterised by their delicate white flowers, you’d be surprised how much variation can be found; from shape and height to colour markings. Snowdrops flower from January to March. The snowdrop that most of us are familiar with is Galanthus nivalis (the common snowdrop). G. nivalis has been flowering in abundance in the AGS garden, with beautiful clusters popping up all over the place.
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‘Iris’ means ‘rainbow’ and what an appropriate name for this genus! There are so many colours of Iris, from blue and purple to yellow and orange – even red and black. Part of the Iridaceae family, there are around 300 species of Iris and with so much variety out there, you’re sure to find one to suit your garden.
The rich violet-blue of Iris reticulata is blossoming in several pots in the Pershore garden. I. reticulata is the most well-known small bulbous iris. It flowers in early spring, adding much-needed colour to the garden.
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Another genus that can be relied on for a burst of early colour is cyclamen. There are around 19 species in the genus which is part of the Primulaceae family.
Cyclamen coum is the species flowering in our alpine garden right now. This is a hardy perennial with captivating pink flowers. The leaves are just as interesting; ranging from plain dark green to patterned, silver and pewter. C. coum is such a well-loved plant among alpine enthusiasts that it’s been featured as our Plant of the Month in the past.
As we reach mid-March, we’re starting to see the familiar sunshine yellow of daffodils (Narcissus). Is there a clearer sign of spring? Narcissus is a genus of primarily spring-flowering perennials from the Amaryllidaceae family.
There are beautiful clusters of daffodils blooming in our garden, including Narcissus ‘Tête-à-tête’, a dwarf daffodil (up to 20cm tall).
Read more about Narcissus.