Flowering period: through autumn, winter and into spring
Flower colour: pink
Hardiness: fully hardy
Bulb size: 13/15
The pretty shades of hardy cyclamen are a beautiful sight in the garden when not many other plants are flowering. These little marvels can flower through three seasons from autumn all the way into spring. Supplied as large corms of flowering size.
In each collection you will receive 3 corms each of:
Cyclamen hederifolium One of the most common autumn cyclamen and often referred to as Cyclamen neapolitanum, with their pretty, marbled heart-shaped leaves and upright fragrant pink flowers. Generally flowering September, October and November, these easy to grow cyclamen have a long period of interest before disappearing below ground over the summer. The flowers often appear well before the leaves, which later form a pretty carpet after the flowers have gone. Although they are usually planted in shade, these cyclamen originate from the Mediterranean so are equally happy in sun. Plant them en masse in a woodland setting with ferns and other shade tolerant plants, or around the base of deciduous trees. Grows to 4½inches tall. Plant corms with the rounded, usually smooth side down, shallowly, in humus-rich, fertile soil and are best planted with buds or flowers on. Apply a mulch of well-rotted leaf-mould around the crown of the plants in spring as the foliage starts to die back.
Cyclamen cilicium A more unusual cyclamen, but as easy to grow as other hardy cyclamen. The slender pale to rose-pink flowers, somethimes with a light fragrance, appear between September to November and give this pretty cyclamen a more delicate appearance than many of the other species. Made up of 5 twisted and recurved petals, which have a magenta blotch at their mouth, the nodding flowers appear at the same time as the foliage in autumn and usually last for several weeks. The mid-green leaves are heavily patterned with silver on the upper surface, with a purplish sheen underneath, and will remain attractive throughout the winter before dying back in spring. Introduced in 1872, this species originates from coniferous forests in southern Turkey, where they are found growing amongst rocks and screes. They prefer a sheltered spot with freely draining soil in partial shade. Grows to 4-5inches tall.
Cyclamen coum After the autumn cyclamen have flowered, these delicate pink flowers with upswept petals appear in winter or early spring (generally December to April) above rounded, silvery green leaves. These diminutive cyclamen are perfect for naturalising around the base of deciduous trees and shrubs. Best in humus-rich, well-drained soil in partial shade, they make excellent companions for ferns and other shade-loving plants. Grows to 4inches tall.
Garden care: Plant tubers rounded (usually smooth) side down, side down, shallowly in humus-rich, fertile soil. Apply a mulch of well-rotted leafmould around the crown of the plants in spring as the foliage starts to die back.
Buy the collection of 9 corms, 3 of each species above for only £12.50, or buy 2 collections for £25 and get another collection free. That's 27 corms in total - 6 of each species and another 3 of each species free - a saving of £12.50