PRIMULA VERIS ‘SUNSET SHADES’
This hybrid strain of cowslip is always a welcome sight in spring when it lights up a shady corner. It’s so unexpectedly vibrant that it creates a real frisson of excitement when it appears. Its f lowers, which smell like heaven, are in shades of red, orange and yellow and they last for ages. The species is native to parts of Europe (although not the Netherlands), so it naturalises well. The flower stem is covered in a white powder that says: don’t touch me! So we just leave the plant alone and admire its beauty. Sometimes it gives a short, second flowering in autumn. Height 20cm. Origin Europe, Asia. Conditions Moist but well-drained soil; part to full shade. Hardiness RHS H6. Season Spring.