Perfect Primulas

...spring is here!

Plant a rainbow of colour to welcome in spring by packing patio pots and filling flower beds with primroses and polyanthus. These cheerful bedding plants offer great value, flowering their hearts out for weeks on end. 

They give outstanding spring garden colour with larger flowers and resistance to the vagaries of our weather. Although single-coloured flowers are always popular also look out for bicolours, doubles. 

Bold blocks of primulas always look striking, but impressive displays can also be created by combining them with other spring bedding, flowering bulbs and foliage plants too. Small pot grown plants are in Mappleborough Green Garden Centre now in full flower, making them perfect for creating instant displays in your garden. 


Primulas are one of the most popular wildflowers too. Make your own grassy meadow or plant banks, verges and other natural areas with dainty Primroses (Primula vulgaris) and Cowslips (Primula veris). These hardy perennials will quickly establish and come back year after year. 

  • We recommend when planting in containers use Westland multipurpose with added John Innes. 

  • The compost in patio pots can get waterlogged during wet weather, so always put a layer of coarse gravel or similar drainage material in the base of pots before filling with compost. 

  • Primulas are easy to add to borders or containers to create a littler ‘flower power’ before later performing plants come into flower.  

  • Deadhead regularly to remove faded flowers and keep displays looking their best. 

  • Raise pots off the ground by standing them on ‘feet' to avoid drainage holes in the base of pots getting blocked. 

  • Temporarily move pots to a sheltered position if snow or bad weather is forecast.

Top tips for growing Primulas

Spring planting combinations for Primulas 

Choose from a range of spring bedding plants, flowering bulbs and hardy perennials to create colourful displays for patio pots and flowerbeds. Here are some ideas of the flowers you could choose as companion plants for primulas and polyanthus. 


  • Bedding Daisies (Bellis) 

  • Bugle (Ajuga) 

  • Daffodils and Narcissus 

  • Forget-me-nots (Myosotis) 

  • Grape Hyacinths (Muscari) 

  • Heuchera 

  • Hyacinths 

  • Pansies and Violas 

  • Stocks 

  • Sweet William