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A leading grower and supplier of authentic, quality Auriculas and Primulas; delivered to your door.

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Overwintering

Available November to February, all plants are available while stocks last! Don’t miss out on those Primulas and Auriculas that you really want.

Our overwintering service enables you to buy now and we will hold them in reserve until you want them posted. Just let us know at ordering when you wish to have your plants posted.

You can have them immediately or postponed until the new year. 

We are very flexible!

How are plants dispatched?

All Primulas and Auriculas are dispatched bare root (without or reduced compost). They benefit enormously from this treatment as they love fresh compost or soil to develop into. Postage is by first class Royal Mail and this means you get your plants very quickly.

Primulas bare-rooted ready for packaging

Bareroot

Why do we post primulas and auriculas bare-root (reduced or no compost)?

  • minimal postage cost
  • primulas and auriculas grow away strongly in fresh soil or compost
  • less weight in package ensures no damage to your plants
  • you see the whole plant on arrival; and strong roots

About us

We grow and offer for sale authentic, quality primulas and auriculas. Our extensive range consists of over 1000 different species and cultivars.

Mail order is our business!

As a mail order specialist nursery, we can deliver our plants anywhere within the United Kingdom and Ireland quickly. Plants posted on Mondays usually arrive at their destination anywhere within the UK the next day. It takes an extra day or two for the Republic of Ireland. (posted Monday should arrive by Wednesday)

We also attend a number of shows during spring and early summer.

In 2014 we were awarded a gold medal for our display at Bloom, Phoenix Park, Dublin. Our exhibit was a pyramidal structure which provided for a strong visual impact in a traditionally tiered floral display. We featured Asiatic primulas in our display.

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Philip Bankhead (Proprietor of Peninsula Primulas) with gold award; the photographs were taken by Orla Fitzmaurice of www.goBramble.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Double auriculas

Double auriculas

Double flowered auriculas provide a wonderful display during springtime. They are more usually grown in pots in a cold greenhouse so that their flowers can be enjoyed close up. However they are great in planters, troughs and sink gardens in a cool sheltered part of the garden. There is a wide range of colours across the range of varieties. Colour can vary from almost white, through cream, yellow and gold to browns, gingers and chestnuts and many purples and wine reds.

Hybrid auriculas

Hybrid auriculas

Auricula - hybrids. We offer hybrid crosses of named cultivars and open pollinated seedlings. Please note that we cannot guarantee the characteristics of these seedling plants. However, this is how most great plants come about and they may be well worth trying!
Show - fancy and striped

Show - fancy and striped

Fancy auriculas have considerable beauty; there is a wide range of colours and patterns - many are good outside in the garden. The fancy auricula has never achieved the popularity of the true Show varieties, nevertheless they are capable of producing more strikingly beautiful blooms than any of the other auriculas. The Fancies are interesting in that with some plants the green edging continues right up to the paste centre. With others, which are known as yellow-ground Fancies, the paste is surrounded with yellow and only the outer edges of the petals are green or grey. If you want to have very curious plants then try these fancy auriculas; they will surely delight you.

Striped show auriculas were almost lost to cultivation even though they were grown widely by traditional florists in the 19th century. Now they are becoming quite popular again. They are hardy, decorative plants which tend to be grown within a cold greenhouse so that their flowers can be enjoyed at close quarters.

All plants supplied are of flowering size and posted bare-root, without compost or pot.

Show - edged

Show - edged

Edged auriculas started to occur as spontaneous mutations in the middle of the eighteenth century when a sport produced a curious leaf-like flower petal.  This is called a green edge. The body colour is blank, smooth on the inside but irregular towards the petal edge. The green edges do not have meal on their petals; contrast this with the grey and whites:

Grey edged show varieties have less meal on the petal edges which is why their colouring is less intense than the white edged types. They are nevertheless wonderful plants. Cold greenhouse culture is required to preserve the flower pattern. Perfectly hardy.

White-edged auriculas are amazing. They have a contrasting appearance because on the inside of the white edge is a black body colour and then a ring of white paste towards the centre. The foliage develops a white covering - meal or farina. They must be grown under cold glasshouse conditions during flowering time to protect the floral pattern They are very hardy.

Show - selfs

Show - selfs

Show varieties are very beautiful and have a wide range of colours and patterns of flower. They all have farina (meal) covering their flowers and leaves - a most attractive feature. They are grown in a cold greenhouse or other covered structure during spring to prevent the farina from being washed off or bleamished; otherwise the paste-like centre will 'run' so badly as to spoil the bloom entirely, whilst some protection should be given against the damp conditions of winter. However show auriculas are completely hardy and do not need any artificial heat. They are often taken out of the cold greenhouse during the summer and placed in a cool position as they dislike excessive heat.

Single coloured show auriculas are called 'selfs'

Blue selfs - Yellow eye with ring of white paste and purple blue flower petals. Cold greenhouse culture.

Dark selfs - Yellow eye with white paste and intense dark petals - almost black in some varieties. Cold greenhouse culture.

Red selfs - Yellow eye with white paste ring and red petals. Cold greenhouse culture.

Yellow selfs - Yellow eye with ring of white paste and pure yellow petals. Cold greenhouse culture.

 

 

Auricula Collections

Auricula Collections

There are thousands of auricula varieties; if you have not grown them before deciding which ones to start with is a problem. If you leave the choice to us we will select good varieties for you. All are named varieties suitable for containers, troughs and sink gardens.
Alpine auriculas

Alpine auriculas

Alpine auriculas have no trace of farina on leaves or flower and their flower colour shades out from the deepest, next to the tube, to a lighter colouring on the outer edge. The tube shows the basic colour of the pip (flower) and various shades on top give the many lovely colours in this section, which depends to a great extent on this ground-colour: gold, white or cream. Shades of red on a gold ground give deeper, richer colours than red on a white ground, where the colours are in general lighter and more delicate. All can be grown in the open garden; in borders, troughs and other containers. All are very hardy.
Border auriculas

Border auriculas

Border varieties are noteworthy hardy small garden plants. Flowering at a height of 25 cm (9 inches), they are perfect at the edge of borders. There is a wide colour range and they have wavy petal margins. The flowers are scented. The season of flowering is April through May across the range of varieties. The border auricula is almost indestructible if planted in a well-drained soil. Ideally border auriculas should be grown where there is partial shade from the hot summer sun, but they require little attention, except sub-division every few years.

We have included P X pubescens varieties here also because many of them can be grown in the same way as border auriculas.  Where glasshouse culture is better we have indicated this in the description of each plant.

All plants supplied are of flowering size and posted bare-root, without compost or pot.

Candelabra primulas

Candelabra primulas

Candelabra Primulas are amongst some of the most beautiful classic garden plants. There are many species and even more hybrids and varieties. All are clump forming and spread by self sown seedlings. The flowers are carried in numerous whorls up strong stems and have a very exotic appearance, but they are all extremely hardy standing many degrees of frost. They have a long flowering season across the range of types extending from late April to the end of July. Flowering heights range from 30cm (1 foot) to 100 cm (3 feet). Many are tolerant of very heavy wet soils. They associate well with other familiar plants such as Astilbe and Hosta.
Special offers / collections

Special offers / collections

Buying collections of plants is a great way to get started. We have put together a number of collections with species and varieties for different places within the garden. If you want a customised collection please send us some information about your garden and we will put a collection together for you. Information should include size, aspect, soil type and condition. A photograph (s) would help. Email the information and we will send you a list and price.
Alpine European hybrids

Alpine European hybrids

European hybrid alpines - Alpine primulas give enormous delight. They are the earliest primula group often flowering from January. February and March is the main flowering period. European hybrid primulas flower at about 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 inches). Most need cold glasshouse or cold frame culture. However some growers have good success outdoors where good drainage and shelter from excess rain is given.
Native primulas

Native primulas

There are over 450 species of Primula worldwide but only 5 that are native to the British Isles - PP. vulgaris, veris, elatior, scotica and farinosa. The first two bring back many happy memories from our growing up years when they were abundant in many areas - sadly not the case today.
Other primulas

Other primulas

We have placed all other primulas within this category. The picture showing in this category is of Primula aureata, a very rare and much sought after species.

Alpine primulas - allionii

Alpine primulas - allionii

Primula allionii varieties - Alpine primulas give enormous delight. They are the earliest primula group often flowering from January. February and March is the main flowering period. Primula allionii and its varieties are the smallest. When in flower the entire cushion of foliage is hidden by stemless flowers. They need cold glasshouse or cold frame culture.
Primula marginata varieties

Primula marginata varieties

Primula marginata is a European species of exceptional garden merit. It is very floriferous carrying the flowers during March into April and these have a pleasant scent. It is a small alpine which can be used in the open garden. Some shelter from excessive rain will allow the very decorative farina to develop on the leaves.
Scented primulas

Scented primulas

A range of sweetly scented species and varieties. Scented primulas have a most satisfying perfume. These hardy garden primulas will fill the garden with scent during June and July across the range of species available. This is particularly pronounced on still evenings.
Woodland primulas

Woodland primulas

The ideal woodland conditions include, a cool moist root run, lack of competition from surface rooting trees and a deep rotted leaf or organic layer into which the primulas can extend their root systems. Dappled light is ideal but many will thrive where thay can receive shafts of light coming through the tree canopy. Soil conditions must never become dry.

Stock notification

In this page you can see a number of our plants that are not available at the moment.  They are either too small or have just been propagated recently. We do not send plants until they are of mature flowering size and high quality.  In time they will appear for sale under their appropriate category.

In the meantime you can ask for an email to let you know when these plants become available.  Please be patient, we cannot rush nature!

Simply click the plant of interest to you and send a message by clicking the red text "Notify on availability":

Please note that we can only accept notification requests through this web site by following the above instruction.

No guarantee is suggested that any of these plants will become available.