The crocus are done flowering now, but here are some photos of the yellow and gold ones as they bloomed through May, showing my favourite early, mid-season and late flowering yellow crocus.
Crocus ‘Yellow Mammoth’ is a very golden coloured crocus. Despite its name, it is about the same size as an average Crocus vernus, but larger than the small Crocus chrysanthus. It is long flowering in my garden, and one I can recommend for its hardiness.
‘Yellow Mammoth’ pairs superbly with purple Crocus, for a contrasting colour scheme. I have them planted next to some solid purple ‘Remembrance’, and the purple striped ‘Pickwick’ and ‘Striped Beauty’. They all make satisfying combinations, especially the dark purple Remembrance, since it matches the intensity of ‘Yellow Mammoth’.
In the photo above you can see how bright ‘Yellow Mammoth’ looks in the garden.
‘Yellow Mammoth’ withstood the snow earlier in May, and resumed flowering when the sunny weather came back. When you live in a cold climate, you have to love tough little plants like the crocus.
‘Yellow Mammoth’ is always the last crocus flowering in my garden, so its a good choice if you want to extend crocus time.
Crocus chrysanthus ‘Romance’ has a much softer yellow colour than Yellow Mammoth, more like a pale butter colour. I’m going to pair it with the softer purple Crocus ‘Firefly’ next year for a pastel combination. ‘Romance’ is the first crocus to bloom in my garden, along with ‘Prins Claus’.
Here the ‘Romance’ buds are closed tight in the rain, while the drops fall harmlessly off the backs of the petals.
I have Crocus chrysanthus ‘Romance’ planted in the lawn, next to some deeper purple Crocus sieberi Tricolor’, and the white and purple C. chrysanthus ‘Prins Claus’. The combination really brightens up the grass that still had its winter straw colour earlier in May.
This shot shows the sweet little ‘Romance’ flowers from above. They sit close to the ground, and the little snow crocus flowers are much smaller than Crocus vernus. With a number of blooms per corm, they still make a good display. These are a good choice if you are looking for a softer spring yellow, a more delicate looking flower, or a very early crocus.
The sunny yellow Crocus chrysanthus ‘Fuscotinctus’ have maroon coloured stripes down the outside of the petals that give them some extra zip in the garden. They are a very bright golden yellow colour, that look fantastic next to any purple crocus.
This picture shows the maroon coloured stripes that are most visible when the buds are closed tight.
These Fuscotinctus come up right through the leaf litter, before I could clean it out of the garden beds earlier in the season. In spite of their tiny size, and delicate look, they are very tough and independent, not needing any coddling. That’s one of the reasons I like crocus so much, along with their ability to handle our spring snows.
Yellow crocus add a little sunshine to the purple and white crocus in the garden. Do you have any favourite yellow crocus?