With bulb planting season on the horizon, it’s perfect time to start planning your spring displays, and what better than beautiful, bold blooming Crocus flowers? As one of the well-loved staples of spring, Crocus are one of the first flowers to appear in spring. From bold and rich purples, lilacs, cheerful yellows, to striking blends and patterns, Crocus have every colour you need to create an eye-catching garden display.
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📆 Flowering time: February – March.
In the dull days of late winter/early spring when there is little in flower, these cheerful little blooms represent a sign of the beginning of spring. Easy to grow and will multiply year after year, these small-but-mighty plants will bring a much-needed burst of colour after a long winter.
Named after the Monarch Butterfly for their enchanting orange and black colour combination, these flowers are certain to bring warmth to the garden during the colder months. Perfect for planting in large groups or pots.
This award-winning Crocus displays fragrant and luminous soft blue flowers with a bronzed yellowy base. Reaching a mature height of just 6cm, this variety is versatile enough to be planted in borders, around shrubs or in rockeries.
The name truly speaks for itself. Blooming with white tips and deep purple petals, which then open to a lovely soft mauve inside throughout the season, these little beauties will make a big impact in the garden.
📆 Flowering Time: February – March.
With similar habits to the Winter/Spring Crocus , the difference with these Crocus is the huge blooms that they boast, which spread up to 10cm. Growing to a mature height of 15cm, Large Flowering Crocus create a truly striking effect when planted together, making them a must-have for the border.
The bright yellow flowers of ‘Yellow Mammoth’ will bring the first bit of warmth to the new year. They will bloom in profusion when planted as edging, where they will naturalise and produce showstopping flowers for years of enjoyment.
A gorgeous, deep purple Crocus. As one of the best early-flowering plants of spring, the rich colour of ‘Grand Maitre’ will add a blast of seasonal colour. The perfect low-maintenance bloom for naturalising in clumps through the border.
A stylish Crocus with a unique look. These vivid purple and white striped flowers will create a real talking point in the garden. An ideal partner for low borders, pots or containers and will multiply each year.
📆 Flowering time: September – October.
As the summer blooms start to fade, nothing adds more joy to the garden than the beautiful colours of autumn flowering Crocus. Growing to a mature height of 10cm, these delightful gems will sparkle with colour in rockeries, borders, or even under shrubs and trees.
An RHS Garden Merit Award winning Crocus. The stunning lilac-pink petals surround a warm yellow centre that will add a soft touch of beauty to the autumn garden. Plant en masse or in drifts for the best impact.
Celebrated for more than 2000 years, Crocus sativus has been grown for it’s expensive red ribbons since the Tudor times. Their vibrant, fragrant purple blooms are delightful and you can even grow your own Saffron at home.
A mixture of pretty cup-shaped flowers in a myriad of stunning colours, from shades of lilac, deep purples and whites. Create a sparkling mixture of autumn joy by planting this mixture in beds, borders or containers.
How do I Plant Crocus?
Planting time: July-August
Location: Partial Shade – Full Sun ☀
Plant at approx 5cm deep and 5cm apart. Suitable for planting in most types of garden soil. Ideal for naturalising in a shrub border or in grassy areas. For container planting, fill a pot half full with good quality compost. Space out the corms 3-4cm apart. Top up with more compost and lightly firm. Keep the compost moist with regular watering.
Winter/Spring Flowering & Large Flowering
Planting Time: September-December
Location: Partial Shade – Full Sun ☀
Plant 10cm deep in well-drained soil. Adding some bone meal will ensure they receive the necessary nutrients they need. Water regularly. For containers, plant in gritty, soil-based compost. Ideal for planting under trees, shrubs or in borders and containers. Plant in groups for best effect. Leave undisturbed for naturalising.
- Plant Crocus Sativus corms in late summer in a warm, sunny spot.
- When in flower in the autumn, harvest the saffron by removing the orange/red stigmas from the flower’s centre using tweezers.
- Each flower produces just 3 stigmas, so harvest carefully.
- Lay the stigmas on a paper towel in a warm, dry place and leave to dry for a few days.
- Store in an air-tight container.