IPOMOEA

The catalogues are correct – Ipomoea is one of our loveliest garden climbers. The wiry stems twine around upright supports – the heart-shaped leaves and large trumpet-like flowers are often seen adorning trellises and pergolas in summer. But the foliage is not plentiful and so Morning Glory does not make an effective screen for hiding an unsightly view. The flowers last for merely a day but they are borne in quick succession.

VARIETIES: I. Tricolor(l.rubro-caerulea) bears the largest flowers. This vine will grow 8ft or more and the blooms are 3-5 in. across ‘Heavenly Blue’ is a popular variety – ‘Flying Saucers’ is a blue and white striped hybrid. I. Purpurea (Convolvulus major) may exceed 10 ft – ‘Scarlett O’Hara’ is a red hybrid.

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do, but the site chosen must be sunny and sheltered.

PLANT DETAILS: Height 6-12 ft.

Spacing: 1.5 ft.

Flowering period: July-September.

PROPAGATION: Follow the Half Hardy Annual technique. Soak the seeds for 24 hours before sowing into individual pots. ‘Heavenly Blue’

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