Winter aconites (Eranthis hyemalis) are a plant that takes me back to my childhood as the garden I grew up in had a lovely clump under an Indian Bean Tree. They are just so unreservedly cheerful at a time of year when cheer can be in small supply that I felt they deserved to be Plant of the Month, especially when everyone is cooing over snowdrops and ignoring them.
I’ve never actually planted them, just enjoyed existing ones and since they require very little care don’t have much advice if you want to grow them. They seem to be available ‘in the green’ like snowdrops and as dry bulbs. Unless I needed a lot of them I think I’d err on the side of caution and buy them pot grown though. They are doing fine on our clay but a quick googling suggests they don’t like wet feet . They do fine under trees in grass. Somewhere a little scrappiness won’t be a problem is best as the broad leaves which hang around for a little while after flowering and need to be left to die down naturally.
See? They’ve chased away the February gloom already, haven’t they?