Cyclamen (or the oddly named 'Sow Bread') are delightful tuberous perennials providing colour when little else is flowering, especially in late winter and early spring. Hardy cyclamen are ideal for naturalising under trees, on banks, and especially when planted in association with other early-flowering woodland plants such as snowdrops, winter aconites and primroses. Most hardy cyclamen are easy to grow in the garden in part shade, in any moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil, avoiding excessive summer moisture. Not to be confused with the (usually) larger greenhouse/conservatory plants often seen for sale around Christmas time.

Cyclamen

<p><span>Cyclamen (or the oddly named 'Sow Bread') are delightful tuberous perennials providing colour when little else is flowering, especially in late winter and early spring. Hardy cyclamen are ideal for naturalising under trees, on banks, and especially when planted in association with other early-flowering woodland plants such as snowdrops, winter aconites and primroses. Most hardy cyclamen are easy to grow in the garden in part shade, in any moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil, avoiding excessive summer moisture. Not to be confused with the (usually) larger greenhouse/conservatory plants often seen for sale around Christmas time.</span></p>