and daffodils are especially popular under the lawn.
lead the change from drab winter into spring with a brilliant array of COLOURS
present no problem to later planting schemes - their foliage will have died down by the time perennials get into their stride.
Inviting: swathes of crocuses
welcome in the spring
are easy to grow and immensely effective in the drab late-winter garden, looking good in beds or rockeries, and thriving in lawns or under trees where they naturalise readily, spreading by dividing their corms and also self-seeding.
The leaves are dark-green, broad and strap-shaped, and nothing like the grassy leaves of crocuses
reproduce either vegetatively, from corms, or sexually, by pollination and seed production.
That doesn't need to be the end of the story because there are autumn crocuses
to follow - Colchicumautumnale, its common name Meadow Saffron causing it to be confused with the saffron-producing crocus variety C.
These joyous flowers can brighten up large stretches of garden or parkland rodgersias Hardy crocuses
must withstand the cold and squirrels
Expert tip These crocuses
react to the lowering of the soil temperatures and the presence of moisture by flowering in the late autumn.
is a group made up of large flowered hybrids, one of the most striking being is Pickwick, right.
Thanks to the mild winter, crocuses
are already popping out of the ground to give us that welcoming burst of colour which, to me, always brings that happy feeling that spring is on the way.