5 Pretty Primrose Varieties to Grow in Your Garden

Primroses are gorgeous perennials that are suited to most climates, and are one of the first flower varieties to make their way to our sight in late spring. Prepare your spring garden this fall by planting starts of some of these pretty primrose varieties with the knowledge that their colorful blossoms will make all the difference once the seasons start to turn!

Make sure to get your primroses in the ground at least a few weeks before the first predicted frost date for your area, so that the roots have a chance to establish themselves in the soil.

1. Drumstick Primrose (Primula denticulata)

This very hardy variety of primrose is one of the earliest to flower, showcasing dainty little clusters of blossoms that range from pink to purple to white. They offer a beautiful contrast to the daffodils, tulips and irises of early spring, and will continue to flower to the end of the season. Plant them in well-drained soil in partial shade.

Credit: Image by Sheri Giblin.

2. English Primrose (Primula vulgaris)

These traditional primroses have been hybridized into a variety of color combinations from pink and yellow to white and yellow and even blue, red, and yellow. These foot-tall plants are the perfect planting companions for bleeding hearts, hostas, and hellebores–and they are deer resistant! Plant them in moist soil and partial shade.

Credit: Image by Sheri Giblin.

3. Evening Primrose (Oneothera biennis)

Often considered a wildflower and found in the fields and on roadsides in many states, evening primrose is a rather attractive and extremely useful plant to grow in your garden. The roots of the flower are edible, and evening primrose oil has numerous health benefits. The plant does well in rocky or sandy soils, and love full sun.

4. Paragon Primrose (Primula vulgaris ‘Paragon’)

This special hybrid of english primrose is a double primrose that is the ultimate plant for the modern day English cottage garden. The blossoms are a pretty light pink that attract butterflies and other wildlife, but keeps deer at bay. This easy to care for plant prefers moist, well-drained soil and a partly sunny growing spot.

5. Siebold Primrose (Primula sieboldii)

This variety of primrose is much more delicate with a cluster of pink or light purple flowers atop a long, slender stalk. Like evening primrose, this variety prefers drier, sandier soil but does best in a location with morning sun and afternoon shade. Use it as a pretty border plant or plant it amongst other spring bulbs for an interesting variety of blossoms next year!

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Images: jacki-deeambertDavid A. Hofmann, Perennials