Zones: 4 to 8
Light: Part Shade
Height: 4″ to 6″
Spread: 4″ to 9″
Bloom Time: Late Winter to Early Spring
Flower Color: Yellow
English primrose (Primula vulgaris) is a compact, semi-evergreen plant with small pale yellow, scented flowers that appear from late winter to early spring.
This European native plant loves part shade but will tolerate full sun in cooler regions.
It self-seeds so plant it where it can naturalize and you’ll be rewarded with a sunny show of flowers before most other plants have started to grow.
It goes dormant in the summer so be sure to locate it where other plants will cover the empty spots.
English primrose is such a joy to have in the garden that it received the prestigious Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.