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BEST OF THE BUNCH.

Crocus These pint-sized corms provide a splash of colour in late winter and early spring, producing slender, goblet-shaped flowers.

While the large-flowered Dutch crocus, C. vernus subsp albiflorus, are easy to grow and bear blooms in white, mauve, purple, yellow or striped and look wonderful in a pot or bowl on the patio, the smaller-flowered crocus are useful for early colour in pots planted with other bulbs. C. tommasinianus is one of the prettiest, with its slender pale lilac-blue flowers with orange stigmas, opening in the late winter.

It looks amazing naturalised under trees in poor, free-draining soil. Good cultivars of this type include 'Barr's Purple', 'Ruby Giant', which produces red-purple flowers, and 'Whitewell Purple', with purple-blue wide opening flowers. Crocus look great planted in drifts of one or more colours and are superb for naturalising.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 4, 2012
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