Gypsophila: baby’s breath

Height 60cm (2ft)

Planting distance 30cm (1ft)

Flowers late spring to early autumn

Ordinary garden soil

Sunny position

Hardy annual

The soft grey-green foliage and clouds of tiny white or pink flowers that this annual produces from late spring to early autumn serve as a good foil for other border plants and are also good for cutting. Several garden varieties have been developed from Gypsophila elegans.

Popular varieties

The following seed strains are readily available: ‘Covent Garden’ has large white flowers excellent for cutting. ‘Giant White’ has exceptionally large white flowers. ‘Improved Mix’ comes in shades of shell-pink, carmine-rose and pure white. ‘Red Cloud’ bears a mass of carmine-pink blooms.

Cultivation

Sow the seeds in their flowering position from mid spring onwards, at fortnightly intervals to ensure a succession of flowers. Thin to 30cm (1ft) apart. Baby’s breath will thrive in any well-drained soil in a sunny position; dress acid soils with lime. Support with twiggy sticks.

Pests and diseases

Trouble free.

22. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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