Looking for some fragrant and bright flowers to cheer up your garden during the winter? Why not try the Cyclamen plant? They are perfect for planting this November, so you have bright splashes of colour in your garden during the cold season.
What Are The Benefits Of Growing Cyclamens?
- Enjoy lively colours and sights even during the colder months! Cyclamens are unusually exciting and interesting plants as they come in a wide range of colours and varieties. Some features to look out for are the flame-like petals bending upwards and seed pods which become like corkscrews when ripe.
- Cyclamens are hardy plants and some varieties can withstand temperatures as low as -10 degree Celsius. They can tolerate most soil and weather conditions, making them suitable for diverse types of gardens.
- Grow beautiful plants without the hassle! Cyclamen plants are easy-to-grow and versatile. They can be grown indoors or outdoors, as a houseplant or in your garden. These are also low-maintenance plants, requiring very little care once planted.
Which Cyclamen Is Best For Your Garden?
With these features and benefits from cyclamens, you can enjoy both scenic sights and luscious scents with lots of variety to choose from.
1. Cyclamen Persicum
This variety is the most commonly grown houseplant with an admirable smell. Growing to a height and spread of around 15 to 23 cm, its blooms are coloured pink, red, violet or white. This plant is low maintenance requiring low amount of water to grow. It grows best in rich and well-drained soil with partial shade. It gorgeously blooms in winter and is great in indoor pots and containers.
2. Cyclamen Heredifolium
This tuberous perennial is also known as ivy-leaved cyclamen due to its rounded leaves. Its pretty white or pink blossoms have twisted petals. It is a robust species which can tolerate cold winters. Growing to a maximum height of 12 cm, this plant grows best in partial shade and well-drained soil. It is perfect to brighten up borders, ground covers, or rock gardens.
3. Cyclamen Coum
This unscented plant is adorned with round and heart-shaped leaves which are deep green in colour. They typically grow in autumn with small, bright flowers appearing through the foliage in midwinter. They can be white, pink or magenta in colour with twisted petals and a darker colour at the base. This variety is easy-to-grow and can tolerate dry conditions well. Growing to a height of 10 cm on average, it grows best in partial shade with well-drained soil.
4. Cyclamen Graecum
This stunning variety features velvety and deep green foliage with vivid colours and patterns. Sweetly scented, its tiny blooms poke through the foliage in late summer and autumn. This plant can be difficult to grow and is not as vigorous as other varieties.
5. Cyclamen Alpinum
With its pink or purple flowers, this variety has a charming primrose scent. Growing to a height of up to 8 cm, its boasts rounded or angular leaves with a bright green foliage. It grows best in well-drained soil and in partial shade. This is ideal for growing in patios, containers, or a cool glasshouse.
6. Cyclamen Creticum
Blooming with white or pink flowers, these have a lovely lily scent. With its foliage appearing in the winter season, its flowering season is during the months of February to May. Its heart-shaped or triangular leaves grow to approximately 4 to 12 cm long and 3.5 to 12 cm wide. It grows best in slightly wet locations and may be found in diverse habitats including old walls, grasslands, and riverbanks.
7. Cyclamen Pseudibericum
This variety is perfect for naturalizing, growing to a height of up to 5 to 10 cm. Its flowers are coloured pink, blooming in February to March. Its foliage is of a dark green colour with a touch of grey and white. It grows best in well-drained rich soil and in full sun or partial shade. It is ideal in rock gardens and containers.
8. Cyclamen Repandum
This cyclamen is a dwarf perennial with heart-shaped leaves dotted with grey colour. With bright, fragrant pink flowers, this plant grows to approximately 2 cm in height. It grows best in well-drained soil, in shaded or semi-shaded conditions. Ideal for growing in rock gardens, this usually blooms in early spring.
Who says that the winter season should be pale and boring? Choose from these wide range of Cyclamens and start planting this November to give your garden that colour boost for the winter months!
Learn about how to plant and care for the Cyclamen plant by reading “How To Grow Cyclamens” blog post here.
If you have questions on the perfect cyclamens for your garden, contact your local store where one of our helpful and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help and answer any questions you may have.