Candytuft is one of the most tolerant of all– it thrives in poor soil, smokey air and when sown by tiny fingers. Massed in the front of the border or used as an edging along a pathway, this spreading, quick-growing plant produces clusters of fragrant white, pink or red . The blooms may be numerous enough to completely cover the lance-shaped – dead-head regularly.
VARIETIES: Nearly all types are varieties of I. umbellata. You can choose an Annual Candytuft which producesof a single colour – one of the brightest is ‘Red Flash’ (1 ft. carmine), but it is more usual to ’Fairy Mixture’(9 in..mixed). For something quite different pick ‘Giant -flowered’ (15 in., spikes of white Hyacinth-shaped flowers).
SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do – thrives best in full sun.
PLANT DETAILS: Height 9 in. -1.5 ft.
Spacing: 9 in.
Flowering period: May-August.
PROPAGATION: Sowin September or March where they are to flower. Thin to required spacing.