With spring approaching the Cineraria (Pericallis x hybrid) and Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) make a colourful display from mid-July to mid-September. Overhead the Primula (Primula malacoides) baskets also add to the overall effect.
At least 700 pots of Cyclamen are on display. There are many colours and shades grown, and the flowers may be white, pink, purple, red, or even with a dark eye. Even though the plants are grown by corms, every year new plants are grown from seed to provide healthy and vigorous flowering plants. Cyclamen is not an indoor plant. The plants hate hot weather, preferring cool conditions and good airflow to prevent fungal diseases.
Around 500 pots of Cineraria, from tall varieties in the background, to medium, to dwarfs in the front are used. The range is wide, from solid colours of pink, purple, white, red and blue, to bi-colours, white, carmine, copper, tan and dark red. Cinerarias are grown as an annual. From sowing the seed to flowering and display takes approximately six months. Seed is collected from the tall varieties every year.
Some 70 hanging baskets (35 cm) of Primula malacoides provide a mass of colour in mainly white and pink. Primula, like the Cineraria are annuals and grown from seed every year. The baskets are multi-planted to make the mass display of flowers. The three main varieties grown are Carmine Glow (magenta), Gillham’s White (white) and Lavender Lady (lavender).