Other Species Crocus and their Cultivars
A selection of species crocus and closely related hybrids. This includes some quite rare and choice bulbs, best suited to growing in a pot in an alpine house where you can keep an eye on them. At the other end of the scale, this is also where you will find the Crocus tommasinianus types which are some of the best naturalising bulbs to be found. Superb for planting under trees, in orchards or on verge edges, they will happily increase year after year.
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.