Crocus tommasinianus 'Whitewell Purple'
- Position: full sun and partial shade
- Soil: gritty, poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: February and March
- Flower colour: purplish-blue
- Other features: narrow, mid-green leaves
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Bulb size: 5/7
This early spring-flowering crocus is perfect for naturalising in grass. It soon increases to form elegant colonies of slender, deep purplish-blue flowers, which open in February or March the moment the sun appears. The delicate flowers are somewhat deceptive, since it stands up well in wind and rain.
- Garden care: Plant bulbs in naturalistic drifts 10cm (4in) deep in September or October. Where bulbs are planted in grass do not cut the lawn until after the leaves have died back.
Spring bulbs, such as daffodils and hyacinths, can be planted whenever the soil conditions allow. As a rough guide, cover them with about twice as much soil as the bulb is deep: so that a 5cm (2in) deep bulb would need a 15cm...Read full article