Cyclamen Coum in our Scottish garden
Cyclamen Coum the hardiest of them all. I have always been keen to add Cyclamen Coum in the garden for Winter interest. In the past I planted dry corms with little success.
The ones I show today were purchased as ready grown plants in October. The 9cm pots were jam packed with healthy foliage.
The new border in the back garden which doesn’t get too much sun seemed to be the most ideal position. I had six pots of cyclamen which I planted in two groups of three.
Early November and already several blooms appeared. Now in January they are giving a great show. The flowers are small, in shades of lilac and red. They have spread quite nicely, and I am optimistic that they will perform just as well next year, all going well I will return to let you know.
Cyclamen Coum is a Winter flowering tuberous perennial belonging to the Primrose family.
The leaves and flowers
After having died back completely in Summer the silver/green leaves of Cyclamen Coum reappear in Autumn followed in December or even as early as late November with charming small flowers. The 6 cm tall flowers are 2cm in width and come in shades of pink, lilac, white and red.
The flowers will continue to bloom throughout the coldest winter months until March. A welcome sight in these dreary months.
Your Cyclamen will be happiest in a shady sort of position, under the canopy of a tree or in a border that doesn’t get much sun.
Cyclamen Coum is the hardiest of them all. In the UK it is regarded as being fully hardy in coastal areas. Wikipedia reports it surviving the very cold Winter temperatures of New York. I guess this would make it fully hardy throughout the UK.
Your plant likes moist soil, however poor drainage will kill it off. Likewise, in Summer even though the plants have gone to sleep it is essential not to let the area dry out, especially in late Summer. Mulch the area with compost once each year, do not feed as this will produce an abundance of leaves with little or no flowers.
If your plants do not reappear in Autumn the problem will most likely have been poor drainage. Remember, Coum is the hardiest of all the Cyclamens.
Vine weevil can be a problem.
RHS award of garden merit
More often than not, this is where I add a wee tale of what’s been going on in the garden in recent weeks. Well to be honest, the cold damp weather leaves me struggling to come up with anything. Bulb shoots are popping through though.