Landgarten von Jutta und Michael Bongers am Niederrhein

Crocus in the lawn

In 2015, we planted rectangular borders with flower bulbs on the large meadow ( 1.200 sqm ) – at the foot of the ornamental apple trees. Since then, we have been enjoying snowdrops, crocuses, wild tulips, daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs from january till mid may. In 2017, we planned a crocus ribbon over 35 meters long on the front part of our lawn. 4/5 we have planted with Crocus chrysanthus ‘Cream Beauty’. This is a very early flowering variety that shines on the lawn with a soft cream-yellow and bronze throat from the end of January.  We added 1/5 Crocus balansae ‘Orange Monarch’. This also early flowering botanical crocus has a bright yellow / orange inside and a deep dark orange pattern on the outside. The 80/20 division results in wonderful splashes of orange in a cream-yellow ocean. A wonderful light strip starting end of January.

As both varieties can also stand in the halfshade and grow natural wild, they run perfect under the old cherries and apples.

For bumblebees – which starts to fly from 1 degree – and bees, the crocuses are a welcome source of nectar.


I leave the ribbon in the lawn until the end of April so that the crocuses can retire in peace. Then the lawn is mown normally and within 14 days you can no longer see the strip.











In 2019 we added some few botanical daffodils as later spots in the ribbon. More about this in February when they start to flower. I am also curious about the result ……….