First-rate rocker)’ plants for a sunny well-drained position, growing to 1 ft. or more, with a sprawling habit. Individual blooms only last a day or so, but a constant succession appears throughout the summer. Cut back as necessary after flowering to ‘tidy up’ the plants. Not very long-lived but easily increased by cuttings taken injury. There are many named varieties, comprising singles, semi-doubles and fully double kinds. They include the following. Ben Dearg: coppery-pink. The Bride: white.

Fireball (Mrs Earle): deep scarlet, double. Loxbeard Gold: golden-yellow, double. Watergate Rose: deep wine-red. Wisley Primrose and Wisley Pink.

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