LAVATERA Annual Mallow

If you are looking for a bushy plant to provide a temporary hedge or a back-of-the-border specimen covered in bloom during the summer months, the Annual Mallow is a satisfactory answer. The trumpet-shaped flowers are 3 or 4 in. across, large enough to catch attention in the garden and long-lasting enough to serve as excellent cut flowers. The bushes need plenty of space and self-sown seedlings should be removed.

VARIETIES: L. trimestris has produced several excellent garden varieties which grow 3-4 ft tall and produce pink flowers – ‘Loveliness’ and ‘Tanagra’ are popular. The compact varieties grow about 2 ft high and do not require staking – ‘Mont Blanc’ bears white flowers and the new ‘Silver Cup’ has the brightest of all Mallow blooms.

SITE AND SOIL: Any reasonable garden soil will do-thrives in sun or light shade.

PLANT DETAILS: Height 2-4 ft.

Spacing: 2 ft.

Flowering period: July-September.

PROPAGATION: Sow seeds in September or March where they are to flower. Thin to required spacing.

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