The floristare well-known as cut for indoor decoration – less well-known are the Outdoor Freesias which can be grown in a sheltered sunny spot in the garden. These corms have been specially prepared to enable them to flower in our climate – a bright of richly fragrant blooms in late summer and autumn, but unfortunately the corms have to be discarded once flowering has finished.
VARIETIES: Buy prepared corms of F. hybrida – never try to grow ordinary Freesias outdoors unless you live in a specially favoured spot like the Isles of Scilly. The funnel-shaped flowers are borne on one side of wiry– the secrets of success are to provide a warm spot and to water regularly in dry weather, A mixture will provide white, red, yellow, blue and flowers.
SITE AND SOIL: Light, well-drained soil in full sun is essential.
PLANT DETAILS: Planting time April. Planting depth 2 in.
Spacing: 4 in. Height 1 ft.
Flowering period: August-October.
PROPAGATION: Not practical – buy new corms. For each month there is a list of bulbous plants which can be expected to be in full bloom – remember that some of these plants may come into flower earlier and can continue to bloom for weeks afterwards.