In The Garden Now…. Belarina Double Primrose

Monday, February 5, 2018

Belarina Cobalt Blue
Photo by Victoria Gilleland
Text and photos by Victoria Gilleland

Hundreds of varieties of these lovely spring blooming plants make up the genus ‘Primula.’ 

Some of the most colorful and flamboyant in flower form are the Belarina varieties that bear intensely colored, double, carnation like flowers. ‘Cobalt Blue’ and ‘Nectarine’ are two of my favorites.

These Primroses are hardy in our area and do well in damp shady gardens where other plants struggle.

They also make terrific container plants and are very attractive in pots near an entry where they will be viewed regularly and close up.

‘Nectarine’ Primrose
Photo by Victoria Gilleland
The plants put on quite a show in spring, are easy to grow, compact and bloom for weeks. Over time larger mounds are formed and do best if divided every few years in late summer…. perfect pass along plants!

An added bonus is that deer and rabbits tend to leave them alone. But, no guarantee on that!

Give these splendid little perennials a chance in your garden! They’re available now in local nurseries.

Botanical Name: Primula Belarina ‘Cobalt Blue’ and ‘Nectarine’

Victoria Gilleland is the owner of Cottage Garden Designs, a Garden Design company specializing in Redesign of Residential Gardens, Garden Consultation and Coaching. She has been designing gardens in the northwest for over 25 years.


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