Crocus 'Vanguard'
Crocus 'Vanguard'
Crocus 'Vanguard'
Crocus 'Vanguard'
Crocus 'Vanguard'
Crocus 'Vanguard'
Crocus 'Vanguard'
Crocus 'Vanguard'
Crocus 'Vanguard'
Crocus 'Vanguard'
Crocus 'Vanguard'
Crocus 'Vanguard'
Crocus 'Vanguard'
Crocus 'Vanguard'
Crocus 'Vanguard'
Crocus 'Vanguard'

Crocus 'Vanguard'

Crocus 'Vanguard'

10 bulbs — £4.50

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Orders placed before 1 September 2024
You can expect your order in August/September

Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2024
You can expect your order in September/October

Orders placed 16 October - 15 December 2024
You can expect your order within 10 business days

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Description

Welcoming spring with aplomb in its shimmering shades, Crocus 'Vanguard' is one the very first of the large crocus cultivars to flower. This award-winning Dutch crocus stylishly combines silvery-grey outer petals with soft mauve inner ones, that look delightful when closed in bud. They open up in the sun to reveal beautiful, delicately striped lilac petals, contrasting strikingly with the large orange stamens. Thanks to its reliability, this wonderful metamorphosis is likely to be repeated year after year in optimal conditions.  

Belonging to the Vernus group of crocuses, distinguished by their larger than average flowers, Crocus 'Vanguard' is both good-looking and impactful. Winner of a coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit, its delights are also much appreciated by the first bumblebees to emerge in early spring, who will happily feed on its nectar. When planted in large numbers of over 100, Crocus vernus 'Vanguard' looks fabulous in drifts in lawns or under trees, where it naturalises easily, but it is equally at home in smaller groups as part of pot or window box displays.  

Key features

  • Perfect for pots

  • Comes back every year

  • Attractive to wildlife

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Naturalising

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • Great for shade

  • Packed in paper bags

  • Low maintenance

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Crocus vernus 'Vanguard'

  • Flower colour

    Violet, blue, white

  • Bulb size

    9/+

  • Established height

    10-20cm

  • Established spread

    5-10cm

  • Plant spacing

    150 bulbs per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial
    Naturalising

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1st year

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade
    Dappled shade
    Full shade

  • Position

    Sheltered
    Exposed

  • Suitable for

    Pots
    Large containers
    Borders
    Ground cover
    lawns
    Meadows
    Gravel gardens
    Wildlife gardens
    Coastal gardens
    Rockery
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost
    Clay

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    No

  • Deer resistant

    No

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Plant your Crocus 'Vanguard' bulbs from mid to late autumn

    • Plant in borders or containers in sun or partial shade

    • Plant your bulbs 10-15cm deep

    • Space the bulbs 5-10cm apart

    • Place the Crocus 'Vanguard' bulbs with the pointed side or shoots facing upwards

    Read all Crocus planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 September 2024
    You can expect your order in September 2024

    Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2024
    You can expect your order in October 2024

    Orders placed 16 October - 15 December 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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