Once theor Cherry Pie was a popular summer plant, sharing a place in countless Victorian gardens alongside and Geraniums, but its day is now past. The problem is that each individual bloom is tiny, but the flower-heads are large and the fragrance is very strong. An excellent foil for showy yellow such as Marigolds, but a poor choice for cold and exposed gardens.
VARIETIES: Hybrids of H. peruvianum are available in several colours – ‘White Lady’ (white), ‘Lord Roberts’ (dark blue), ‘Vilmorin’s Variety’ (purple) and so on. But the range in today’scatalogue is strictly limited – the only common one is ‘Marine’ (1.5 ft. royal purple, dark foliage).
SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do – thrives best in full sun.
PLANT DETAILS: Height 1.5 ft.
Spacing: 1 ft.
Flowering period: June-September.
PROPAGATION: Follow the Half Hardy Annual technique . Cuttings can be taken fromplants in spring.