Candytuft IBERIS

Candytuft is one of the most tolerant of all annuals – 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 flowers. The blooms may be numerous enough to completely cover the lance-shaped leaves – dead-head regularly.

VARIETIES: Nearly all types are varieties of I. umbellata. You can choose an Annual Candytuft which produces flowers of a single colour – one of the brightest is ‘Red Flash’ (1 ft. carmine), but it is more usual to sow’Fairy Mixture’(9 in..mixed). For something quite different pick ‘Giant Hyacinth-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: Sow seeds in September or March where they are to flower. Thin to required spacing.

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