In Flower Now – Crocus
Unlike snowdrops, crocus come in a variety of colours. The large and later flowering Dutch forms are the best-known, often planted in drifts along verges or in public parks. Most are mixed colours but using a single colour can be very effective. The smaller and slightly earlier flowering hybrids of C. chrysanthus such as ‘Blue Pearl’, ‘Cream Beauty’ and the white ‘Ard Schenk’ are all well worth growing. The small purple C. tommasinianus will self-seed readily. C. sieberi ‘Tricolor’ is unusual but quite easy to grow.
Crocus have an advantage over daffodils in grass as their foliage is less obvious as it dies down after flowering. It is essential to allow the foliage to die back naturally so the corms will be strong enough to flower next year.