Several Campions are grown in the herbaceous border, ranging in size from the 3 ft tall Jerusalem Cross to the 18 in.Campion. For the rockery there is just a single species – L. alpina. This tiny alpine produces tufts of dark green and in summer clusters of starry appear. Grow it between paving stones or in the rock garden – its compactness makes it an excellent choice for a sink garden. No problems as long as the soil is not chalky and there is no danger of waterlogging. The only difficulty is that the Alpine Campion is short-lived.
VARIETIES: You will find the Alpine Campion listed as L. alpina or Viscaria alpina – height 4 in., spread 4 in.
Flowering period: May-July. The flower stalks are just a couple of inches high, each one crowned with agroup ofpink. For other colours choose the variety ‘Alba’ (white) or ‘Rosea’ (deep pink).
SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained acid or neutral soil will do – thrives best in full sun.
PROPAGATION: Sowunder glass in early spring.