The English Primrose is a super versatile plant offering color, shape, and beauty to your garden.

They can start blooming during mid to late winter when very few other plants are flowering.

This alone should inspire you to consider planting a few in your garden.

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In our DIY Garden Minute Ep. 59 – “Primula vulgaris – A Mini Plant Profile,” we’ll explain flower colors, care tips, and general maintenance for your Primula vulgaris.   

This episode is meant for any level of gardener who wants to learn about English Primroses.  


Primrose Care

Primroses in general like:

  • Considered an evergreen plant in milder climates, but are marketed as annuals in different areas too.
  • Grow as a foliage rosette and the flowers form and open in the center of the foliage
  • Sunset has this plant zoned for A3, 2-6, 14-17, and 21 – 24
  • Grow about 8-inches tall, 1 foot wide
  • Flowers single on a stem, but can have 2-3 flowers per stem on some strains
  • Flowers come in white, yellow, red, blue, brown, bronze, or win colored
  • Some strains have sweet-scented flowers
  • Prefers full sun in cooler climates and partial shade or dappled sun in warmer climates
  • Fertilized on a regular basis with a well-balanced fertilizer
  • Planted in organically rich, well-drained soil, and have mulch around them to keep roots cool
  • Need regular watering
  • Native to the cool regions of Northwest Europe, Algeria, Armenia, and Turkey
  • Can be divided after flowering in spring


For more information about Primroses in general, check out Primroses: A Gardener’s Guide and Plant Profile


Primrose Plants For Sale

Now it’s time to pick out your own Primroses for your garden!

The best part is there are so many beautiful colors, shapes, and sizes available.

Furthermore, we’ve gathered both Primrose seeds and Primrose live plants for you to choose from!

Or, do you need to shop for other garden plants for this spring?

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Primula vulgaris Conclusion

Being easy to maintain and care for, along with many different flower colors to choose from, the Primula vulgaris is truly a pleasure to have in your garden and can be a mid-winter color workhorse.

With these easy care tips and information, you can be sure that your English Primroses will thrive and spread to keep giving you bright green leaves and gorgeous color for years to come.

And before you go, check out these English Primroses seeds for your garden!


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Primula vulgaris

Learn about Primula vulgaris, the English Primrose, and how to properly care for it!


Show Notes

Primrose Plant Profile Cheat Sheet.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Planting tips for Primula vulgaris
  • Primula vulgaris flower colors
  • Basic maintenance and care tips to keep your Primulas healthy.


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