Mid Spring Plant of the Month: Pulsatilla Vulgaris
Plant of the Month – Mid Spring
Pasque flower (Pulsatilla vulgaris) produces a tufted clump of soft ferny leaves from which slightly nodding goblet-shapedappear in mid-spring, standing 20- 30cm (8-12in) high. The typical petal colour is rich mauve-purple, but varieties are available with pale mauve, pink, red or white flowers. They always have a prominent boss of golden yellow stamens in the centre. When the flowers fade, pretty silken seedheads develop, which resemble those of clematis. Other flowers Bulbs continue to dominate the scene when it comes to mid spring colour — choose from the hundreds of varieties of narcissi, tulips, hyacinths, fritillaries and grape hyacinths (Muscari). For a powerful sweet scent, lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria) cannot be beaten.
Other Mid Spring Flowers
Blue gentians, gold doronicums, pink, red or white mossy saxifrages and white arabis bring colour to the rock garden. And in the shrubbery, there are red or white Japanese quinces (Chaenomeles), yellow forsythia, creamy, pure white Magnolia stellata and orange darwinii.