Dainty primroses growing in a flowerbed
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Primrose is a perennial wildflower available in many different varieties. Some primroses prefer moist soils and other varieties grow more readily in dry environments. Gardeners who add primroses to their flowerbeds will have a sweet-smelling flower that adds color and scents to the garden throughout most of the growing season. Primrose returns each year to bloom with little maintenance from a gardener, aside from water and light peat moss mulch.
Leave the primrose blooms on the stalks after blooming to allow the plants to reseed. This is the way primrose returns year after year.
Cut the stems back to 1 to 2 inches above the soil level in the autumn to clean up the growing area and prepare for winter.
Lay down a 1-inch layer of peat moss over the primrose growing area to insulate the area during the winter months. Primrose is quite hardy over the winter season and will survive without extensive winterizing.
Brush away any remaining peat moss in the early spring to find new primrose shoots emerging from the soil.