Calendula- Marigold

Annual, easily grown from seed. The plants frequently seed themselves, especially in dry, chalky soil.

Situation:

In annual borders, occasionally mixed with hardy perennials.

Soil:

Prefers poor, fairly dry soil, mixed with some pul-verised brick.

Propagation:

Sow in situ from mid spring onwards. May also be grown as a biennial, but must then be covered in winter.

Calendula officinalis, common marigold: Height 30-50 cm; flowering season 8-10 weeks after sowing and into the autumn. Flowers yellow or orange. ‘Ball’s Long Orange’ has large, double orange flowers; ‘Ball’s Gold’ is similar, but with golden-yellow flowers; ‘Golden Emperor’ has large, golden-yellow flowers; ‘Radio’ has orange, quilled petals; ‘Geisha Girl’, chrysanthemum-shaped flowers, deep orange; ‘Golden Princess’, golden-yellow flowers.

Callicarpa Guide

Little known, easily cultivated shrub which in the autumn produces magnificent berries; very useful in flower arrangements and for other floral decorations.

Situation:

Satisfied with a lightly shaded spot in the shrub border. In summer its ornamental value is less, and it should therefore not be placed forward in the border. Starts into growth very late.

Soil:

Standard or slightly calcareous soil.

Propagation:

The species from seed; the more frequently grown garden variety from cuttings taken in summer.

Callicarpa bodinieri var giraldii: Height to 2.5 m; small purple flowers in early to mid summer. In autumn the dull-green foliage turns a beautiful shade. However, the chief ornamental value lies in the fine purple berries usually produced in abundance, provided the shrub is not grown in too dark a spot. The best known garden variety, developing larger berries, is ‘Profusion’.

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