Primula Bounty!

Primulas are ever-reliable and obliging plants in our gardens. Variants and cultivars of the common primrose, Primula vulgaris, and the Juliana primroses, Primula juliae, grow exceptionally well for us and lend themselves to easy propagation so we can multiply their numbers with ease to give greater impact in the garden.

Primula 'Kinlough Beauty' with daffodils

Primula 'Kinlough Beauty' (1)

They have always been treasured in Irish gardens and one I have come to like especially is Primula ‘Kinlough Beauty’. Barnhaven Primulas stock it and describe it, “A very dainty salmon pink polyanthus type juliana. They usually have a cream stripe down the middle of each petal that make it easy to recognize. It is a very old Irish cultivar. Very easy to multiply from its creeping rootstock, which will happily spread in the garden.” 

Dr. E. Charles Nelson, in A Heritage of Beauty, quotes Cecil Monson: “I do know that when the late Mrs. Johnston came back to her house in Kinlough in Co. Leitrim she found several seedlings had appeared from her [Primula juliae]. Among them was the lovely pink polyanthus type ‘Kinlough Beauty’, while another was the creamy yellow ‘Lady Greer’. ‘Kinlough Beauty’ was a chance seedling, “neat and small and covered with blooms.” 

Primula 'Kinlough Beauty' (3)

I find it best to divide primulas immediately after they have flowered so there is still moisture in the soil and they quickly make roots before the heat of summer puts them into a semi dormancy. However, the primula is an amenable plant and I divided a clump of ‘Kinlough Beauty’ today, a clump, about 20 – 25 cm in diameter, which I split and then planted the resulting 50 small plants as a border to a small pathway – quite a return from one clump! It is no wonder gardeners love these primulas.

Primula 'Kinlough Beauty' beside path



10 thoughts on “Primula Bounty!

    1. Many thanks, Sally. These primulas are great garden flowers. I like them very much and – after 30 years in this garden – I see some interesting seedlings appearing. It adds interest to the gardening. I’m sure none of them will be as nice as ‘Kinlough Beauty’ but they will be my little ones and treasured for that. All the best. Paddy


  1. So thats why a certain garden has always a stunning display. Very simple but full marks for all the attention care and cultivation that goes into it. Now wheres that clump of primula Wanda gone?

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