Plant a group of tubers under shrubs or deciduous trees – in February or even earlier you will be delighted by the glossy yellow carpet ofwhen so much of the garden is bare or dormant. Winter Aconites are often planted with and both bloom at the same time.
VARIETIES: E. hyemalis is the most popular type – 1 in. flowers in lemon yellow with an attractive collar of deeply-divided green. This is the one to choose if you want very early flowers, but it can become a nuisance in confined areas as it produces an abundance of self-sown plants. The hybrid E. tubergenii is less invasive, more robust and the flowers are larger. It blooms in March, alongside the fragrant, deep yellow E. ‘Guinea Gold’.
SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained soil will do – thrives in sun or partial shade.
PLANT DETAILS: Planting time August-September. Planting depth 2 in.
Spacing: 3 in. Height 3-4 in.
Flowering period: January-March.
PROPAGATION: Divide tubers in early summer – replant at once.