Plant of the week: Drum major

Primula Dendi
Primula Dendi
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The drumstick primula – P denticulata – is probably not as widely grown as it deserves to be.

This splendid spring perennial has lovely globe-shaped flowerheads made up of numerous blooms on top of 18ins-high stems.

It prefers to have a moist but well-drained soil and does well in sun or partial shade.

The majority in English gardens tend to bear blue flowers but there is an attractive variety – alba.

Cut them back after flowering and propagate them by division in spring.