Dutch crocus bulbs
- available to order from summer
- 20 bulbs
- Standard £4.95
- Position: full sun
- Soil: gritty, poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: February and March
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Bulb size: 7/8
Big, purple-mauve flowers with a beautiful silhouette, appear from late winter on slender stems. These arise from the clumps of white-striped, green foliage, which provides a nice contrast and remains interesting after the flowers have faded. Useful for creating a blast of seasonal colour when little else is in bloom, they can be planted in pots, windowboxes or allowed to naturalise in the border or lawn.
- Garden care: Plant bulbs in naturalistic drifts 10cm (4in) deep in September or October.