Crocus: The Harbinger of Spring
When we can’t tell if winter is staying for another month or giving way to a few days of springtime temperatures, one of the first exciting emergences in the garden is the little crocus. With its grass-like leaves and beautiful flower, the crocus reminds us that our garden is waking up from winter. Crocuses are popular perennials that are grown from corms (short underground storage centers).
Groupings or drifts of crocuses offer brilliant color at a time when the grass hasn’t had time to turn green. They bloom so early in spring that sometimes they flower through snow. They can be planted in lawns and overtime will multiply to large areas. There are different varieties that bloom at different times to extend the bloom season. They are ideal as border plants and can also be naturalized in lawns and woodlands that get enough dappled sunlight. There are also varieties that bloom in the winter and fall.
Available Colors: Violet, blue, yellow, white, bicolor/striped
Height: 3 – 6”
Where to Plant: Full sun to part shade, well-drained soil
Maintenance: Make sure your fall cleanup doesn’t leave leaves covering your crocuses
Blooms: Late winter to early spring
Leaves: Grass-like with central white stripe only open fully on sunny days
Flowers: Cup-shaped pointed upwards; only open on sunny days