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Victorian delights

August 31st, 2018 | Plant Talk with Graham Rice | 0 Comments

Primula 'Victoriana'

Laced polyanthus were one of the horticultural treasures of Victorian Britain. Originally in shades of deepest red and chocolate brown, each petal edged in gold, these treasures are available from specialists but good quality plants have been hard to come by.

‘Victoriana’ is a mix of rich to bright red shades, plus what used to be called Hollywood cerise, that combines that captivating colouring, consistent laced edging with prolific flowering, a neat growth and a reliable perennial habit.

Developed by a specialist plant breeder in Norfolk, production of seed of ‘Victoriana’ has now been discontinued so this may be your last chance to order these delightful little plants.

Reaching about 30cm high, with neat rich green foliage, set the plants at the front of a sunny border or, better still, in a container where the plants are raised closer to the eye the better to appreciate their pretty markings.

Expect flowers from February to May, I also like to pot up a few plants and keep them in a cold greenhouse or porch for an early display that’s protected from the weather. The stems of ‘Victoriana’ can also be cut for pretty little spring posies, a delightful spring treat.