Year of the Primrose - with Garden Landscaper in Dublin Eugene Higgins
Fitzgerald Plant Nurseries are not a name that will be well known to the average gardener, but to someone in the trade, they are a bastion of excellence growing plants with a reputation akin to Olympic Gold medallist winners. One plant that they hold with high esteem is the Primrose.
Primrose flowers or Primulas are in magnificent bloom at the moment. I kicked off the Spring this year by planting Primula Belarina "Pink Ice" in my plant boxes under the canopy. I prefer them out of the rain as the very common April Showers type of hard Irish rain tends to cut the flowers up badly. This variety has beautiful large double pink blooms with a white tinge it is very floriferous from February through to early summer. They are best planted in moist, well-drained soil or in the partial shade of bigger overhanging leaves that will protect them from the rain. They grow to a compact Height of 15cm and a spread of 20cm. Primulas like to be dead headed , as the flowers fade , this will help maximise there flowering season into early Summer.
Fitzgerald Plant Nurseries also celebrated the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Nobel Prize-winning poet, William Butler Yeats last year in style by releasing "Lissadell" a new Irish Primrose from its outstanding "Irish Heritage Primrose Collection". Two varieties have been previously launched by them in 2011 Innisfree and Drumcliff.
Now a third Irish Primrose will be added "Lissadell" which is a new selection of an old Primrose style dating back to Elizabethan times. Primulas are amazingly versatile that are loved by plant collectors. They have various herbal uses, and there are a vast range of choices, including the Japanese Primrose (Primula japonica) to the wild Cowslip Primrose which would appear in my lawn each year and produce, a vibrant display that did not suffer in the rain, like its more tender cousins. Primulas are a versatile plant that if planted correctly will make a magnificent display there is a type for almost every garden.