Primula marginata, Primula allionii and their many hybrids are essential treasures in the rock garden, trough or alpine house for that very early burst of colour that foretells the coming of spring. They are the earliest flowering group of Primulas, often in flower from January to March. They need a rich, moist but well-drained soil and like all primulas they should not dry out in the summer. Many are suited to a cold greenhouse or alpine house and some of them need protection from winter wet but many of the hybrids are a lot tougher and will grow well outside in troughs and screes. They are not fast growing, but on the plus side will put up with a lot more neglect and starvation than other primulas.
⇒ For tips on growing alpines see the sections on P. allionii and P. marginata.