Ideal for moist shady borders, the Primula Japonica or the Candelabra Primula as I know it, grows to about 45cm tall and bears beautiful, bright, crimson-like flowers on tall, upright stems above a large, basal rosette of light green, lettuce-like, crinkly leaves.
It is a late Spring bloomer and will come back stronger each year while also happily self seeding around if it gets a moist, shady spot where the soil does not dry out too much. This Primula will also do well in boggy soil or at the edge of ponds and I have it in a boggy corner of the garden that is almost constantly waterlogged.
This one is Primula Japonica ‘Miller’s Crimson’ but it can also be found in shades of red-purple, pink and white.
While the only downside is that the slugs love a bit of Primula Japonica, the deers apparently do not love it – good to know if you are trying to deer-proof your garden!