Crocus are one of the best early bulbs for bridging the gap between the snowdrops and Narcissus. At Aberglasney we grow a range of different ones and use them in many different ways.
Crocus ‘Vanguard’ is one of the best performers and is a real stand out in the genus or group that is called Crocus. It is a vernus type and has much larger flowers than the tomasinianus types that we grow a great many of. However what is great about this one is that it is so early, nearly three weeks before other vernus types. The combination of large flowers early in the season means that they stand out far more than the other Crocus. The other advantage is that they flower before the grass really starts to grow so you don’t have issues with mowing.