Approximately 30 Seeds
Tightly packed spikes of white, pea-shaped flowers are produced above a shapely mound of deeply fingered, mid-green leaves. These are excellent plants for any garden and provide the border with strong shape and colour just when spring flowers are fading.
SITE: Full Sun, Part Shade
FLOWERING MONTHS: May to July a year after planting
SOW: April to July
CARE TIPS: Deadhead to encourage further flowering. May need staking. Watch out for aphids between April and September, rub them off by hand or with a blast of water, badly infested flower spikes can be removed. Caution: harmful if eaten.
Sow indoors 1.5cm deep, in a tray of compost. Water well and place in a cold frame, unheated greenhouse, or on a warm kitchen windowsill. Seedlings usually appear in 21-28 days. Transplant them individually when large enough to handle, to 7.5cm pots. Always hold by a leaf, never by the stem. Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions, before planting out into well-drained soil between May-October, 60cm apart. Alternatively sow thinly, outdoors, April-July, in a seed bed which has already been watered. Thin seedlings to 5cm apart, before planting out to flowering position in autumn.