One of our basic bedding plants which for generations has done a useful and reliable job in the garden. Thebear tightly-packed flower-heads which are about 4 in. across. The blooms are available in many colours and the eye is often in a different colour. Plant in containers, window boxes, beds or in the rockery, and dead-head regularly. Put down Slug Pellets if ragged holes appear in the .
VARIETIES: There are 2of P. drummondii. The Grandifloras are tall growing, reaching 1 -1.25 ft-’Large-flowered Mix’ is the one to choose. The Wana Compaclas are dwarfs, 6-9 in. high, and the best of all is ‘Beauty Mixed’. For star-shaped (lowers choose ‘Twinkle’ or ‘Stars’.
SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do – thrives best in full sun.
PLANT DETAILS: Height 6 in.-1.5 ft.
Spacing: 8 in.
Flowering period: June-September.
PROPAGATION: Follow the Half Hardy Annual technique. Alternatively in mild areasoutdoors in mid April.