Crocus vernus (large Dutch crocus) make a great display when planted in a large group. These crocus have come back with more blooms and larger than last year. The abundance of colourful petals makes me smile every time I observe them out the window, or stroll to this side of the garden.
Gardeners aren’t the only ones who appreciate crocus. Many pollinators have been buzzing around these flowers, including lots of bees and bumble bees. This one carries lots of pollen on its fuzzy back.
Crocus vernus ‘Remembrance’ is a solid, saturated purple, with a bright orange contrast of pistil and anthers in the centre. I’ve put a shot of the closed buds at the top of the photo, and the open flowers underneath. This area is shaded early in the day, so the petals unfurl by late morning. Even the closed petals are quite pretty, but the open petals really fill the space. This colour looks great next to the striped purple crocus.
Crocus vernus ‘Pickwick’ is a light purple, with darker purple stripes. Like ‘Remembrance’, they have large showy flower cups. When the sun is lower, and the petals are folded upright, they look a little more blue, like the top part of the photo.These are great looking crocus, and coordinate beautifully with the solid white and purple crocus. Adjacent to golden crocus they really pop.
Crocus vernus ‘Striped Beauty’ is very similar to ‘Pickwick’, with purple stripes. In the garden they are pretty much interchangeable. My ‘Striped Beauty might be a little lighter in colour. As you can see at the top of the picture above, the closed blooms appear a bit more blue than purple.
Crocus vernus ‘Silver Coral’ have white petals, with a dark purple base. When they are folded up, the purple is more noticeable, and coordinates well next to the purple ‘Remembrance’. These look terrific combined with the solid purple and striped purple crocus.
Crocus ‘Yellow Mammoth’ is the sunniest, brightest gold colour. These are extra cheerful, and look super combined with purple crocus.’Yellow Mammoth’ opens a little after the the Crocus vernus start, but have a good overlap in bloom time. They will be the last crocus flowering.
The crocus are planted under a lilac. They are spaced in between perennials, which will take over the flower show in another month. Despite being planted in pockets, they make a full arrangement of blooms, looking like a series of bouquets. You can barely see the narrow green leaves, with central white stripe, because of all the flowers. The ‘Yellow Mammoth’ were just coming out in the picture above, but now they too are large bouquets.
This photo shows some Dutch crocus at the front, packed with flowers, with the Crocus chrysanthus (snow crocus) behind. Because of the way the deep snow melted this year, the snow crocus blooms were a little delayed, so the both the early snow crocus and later Dutch crocus bloomed around the same time, making for a good bulb display.
The crocus colours coordinate so beautifully together to make a lively spring show. What a glorious start to the flower parade. Many of my other plants have more subtle flowers, or beautiful leaf patterns, but the crocus start the season with a cymbal crash, saying winter is over.
You can see more Crocus vernus pictures from last spring. In the garden section I’ve shown here, there are around 200 of the Dutch crocus and 200 of the snow crocus. While across a narrow path, there is another group of 200 crocus bulbs that I planted last fall. They may only bloom for three weeks or so, but the vivid display in early spring is well worth all of the fall bulb digging.
I’ve made a gallery to show a number of Crocus vernus pictures from this spring. You can click on any of the small photos and they will enlarge to full size.