Plant name: Primrose
Botanical name: Primula auricula
Suggested by: Rita Jo Shoultz of the Alaska nursery Fritz Creek Garden
Virtues: These cheery, fragrant flowers bloom early in the season when little else is up. They are easy from seed, too.
Flower: The blooms on auricula primroses are about six inches high and come in a variety of color mixes, but are characterized by a contrasting “eye."
Foliage: Evergreen and succulent looking
Habit: Low growing
Season: Early spring
Companions: All the early-spring bulbs, from crocuses to miniature daffodils