Convolvulus (Shrubby Bindweed)
Common name: Shrubby bindweed
The common name for Convolvulus cneorum (AGM) should in no way discourage anyone from growing this free-flowering, low-growing shrub.
A plant from the warm parts of Europe, it should be grown in a sheltered, sunny spot, ideally where it receives protection from the elements by a south-facing wall.
Convolvulus cneorum (AGM) grows to around 45cm (18in) in height and seldom spreads to much more than 60cm (24in). The foliage has a silvery appearance, the large white, striped with pink on the reverse, appear in mid-spring and are 5cm (2in) across. It will usually bloom at frequent intervals until late summer. This convolvulus is an ideal subject for the front of a , and is most suited to a sheltered spot on a large rock garden.
Soil type Well-drained, light, sandyis ideal.
Planting This is best done in the spring; choose a sunny, sheltered spot
Maintenance There is little work required, asis not essential, with the exception of cutting out any weak or straggly growth in the spring.
Propagation Take semi-ripe cuttings with a heel in early to mid-summer. Root them in the usual way, and overwinter them in a frost-free greenhouse. It is a good idea to keep a few young plants coming on, to replace any winter casualties.
Pests and diseases Generally trouble free.