Leptosiphon

Height 10-15cm (4-6in)

Planting distance 7.5-10cm (3-4in)

Flowers early summer to early autumn

Ordinary well-drained soil

Sunny open site

Hardy annual

Almost everyone who comes across the hybrid mixtures of this unjustly neglected annual is en-chanted by it. The tiny flowers are scattered in profusion over the plant and come in a random collection of pink, red, orange, yellow, cream and white. They appear from early summer to early autumn on straight slender stems above finely divided deep green foliage, which forms mounds 10-15cm (4-6in) high.

Use leptosiphon hybrids to edge borders, to cheer up earth-filled cracks in paving or small pockets of soil between rocks or stones. They are also suitable for growing in window boxes and other shallow containers. ‘Rainbow Mixture’ and ‘Stardust Hybrids Mixed’ are the mixtures most commonly sold in garden centres, or found in mail order catalogues.

Cultivation

Sow the seeds in ordinary well-drained soil in an open sunny site in mid spring, covering them with just a little soil. Thin the seedlings to 7.5cm-10cm (3-4in) apart.

Pests and diseases

Trouble free.

22. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
Categories: Annuals, Biennials, Bulbous Plants, Featured Articles | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Leptosiphon

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