The standard way to use Love-lies-bleeding is to plant one or a small group as a centrepiece in a formal bedding scheme. During the summer months the 18 in. long tassels of tiny blooms are a spectacular feature, recommended for use in flower. Keep the plants well watered during dry spells to prolong flower life and to ensure an attractive autumn of red and bronzy .
VARIETIES: A. caudatus is a tropical plant, but in the warmer areas of Britain it can be treated as a hardy. The basic species bears large green leaves and crimson tassels, but you can buy of the variety atropurpureus which has dark red tassels or viridis which produces pale green .
SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do – thrives best in full sun.
PLANT DETAILS: Height 3 ft.
Spacing: 2 ft.
Flowering period: July-October.
PROPAGATION: Follow the Half Hardy Annual technique . Plant out when the danger of frost is past.