These need little introduction as just about everyone will have seen or grown some form of Crocus in their lifetime. However as well as an improved range of large flowered Dutch Hybrids we are also able to offer a unique range of the more unusual species varieties. Where necessary we have marked any particular growing tips next to the individual varieties.
The varieties we offer are split into three separate sections:
Chrysanthus Varieties - also known as the 'Snow Crocus', as they flower exceptionally early. The original species, native to the Balkans and Turkey, was a bright golden yellow but intensive breeding programmes have resulted in a wide range of colours and shades.
Large Flowered Crocus - also known as 'Dutch Crocus', these flower 2-3 weeks later than the chrysanthus varieties, and flowers are generally slightly larger (as the name suggests!). All closely related to the species Crocus vernus which is native to the Alps, Pyrenees and the Balkans, exceptionally hardy and easy to grow.
Other Species Crocus - this group includes some rarer species, and all of the C. tommasinianus cultivars, which are some of the best naturalising bulbs we offer.
How to plant Crocus bulbs:
Crocus are some of the most versatile bulbs in the garden - they can be used in pots and troughs mixed with winter pansies and violas, in clumps at the front of a border or rockery, or left to naturalise in grass or under trees. They look best planted in large, sweeping drifts, but otherwise plant in clumps of 10-15 bulbs rather than spacing them out where the flowers can get lost. Plant them around 7.5cm (3"), in drifts or in pots, using very well drained compost. If planting in lawns or grassland, allow 6 weeks after flowering for the foliage to die back before mowing.