Winter would not be the same here without the flowers of this wonderful, easily grown crocus. Brian Matthews, in his monograph The Crocus, writes “In parts of Montenegro and Hercigovina I have seen it growing so thickly as to colour the woodlands, like English bluebells.” I grow it in the dry garden under salvias and toad flax which are cut to the ground in May. This crocus flowers in July. It self sows in the garden and as it flowers in three years from seed it soon makes a decent show, especially as the bulbs increase freely. Over the years European gardeners have selected some different forms.