Primula and ranunculus window box

Primula and ranunculus window box

Plant up a pretty spring display of primula and ranunculus. We show you how.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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At its best
At its best

Plant is not at its best in January

Plant is not at its best in February

Plant is at its best in March

Plant is at its best in April

Plant is at its best in May

Plant is at its best in June

Plant is not at its best in July

Plant is not at its best in August

Plant is not at its best in September

Plant is not at its best in October

Plant is not at its best in November

Plant is not at its best in December

To do
To do

Do not To do in January

Do not To do in February

Do To do in March

Do To do in April

Do not To do in May

Do not To do in June

Do not To do in July

Do not To do in August

Do not To do in September

Do not To do in October

Do not To do in November

Do not To do in December

This combination of ranunculus, candleabra primulas and violas makes a pretty spring container display. The flowers are the perfect size for a windowsill or porch so you can enjoy them from the comfort and warmth of indoors. There are many different shades to choose from and, being perennial, the primulas can be planted out later into a moist, neutral-to-acid soil for next year. And don’t worry if you can’t find the exact varieties we used – just pick what’s looking good.

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You Will Need

  • Ranunculus asiaticus hybrids (3)
  • Primula denticulata
  • Violas (8)
  • Window box
  • Crocks
  • Multi-purpose, peat-free compost

Step 1

Adding crocks
Adding crocks

Place a layer of crocks in the base of the window box to help with drainage.

Step 2

Adding compost
Adding compost

Fill the window box two-thirds full with compost and tap it down to get rid of any air pockets in the corners.

Step 3

Planting up the window box
Planting up the window box

Plant the primula and ranunculus in the middle, and violas in the gaps, for an even mix of colour. Water well, allow to drain and move the window box to its final position.

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Kevin Smith says…

Create a vibrant display by combining contrasting colours. Purple and yellow are perfect partners and produce a fresh, spring-like feel. Position the plants in a haphazard jumble for a traditional cottage-garden feel.

Kevin Smith