The exposed crevice is not the place for this rockery perennial – it requires cool, peaty earth where it can thrive andits highly decorative blooms. Dead-head when flowering is over. The shiny rounded are usually tinged with brown or red, and in winter the foliage may turn completely bronze or crimson.
VARIETIES: The basic details of S. galacifolia are height 6 in., spread 1 ft.
Flowering period: April-May. The trumpet-shapedmeasure about 1 in. across – white when first open but changing to pink as the bloom ages. These flowers are borne singly at the top of the flower . If you can find it, choose instead the more spectacular S. uniflora – height 4 in., spread 1 ft. The flowers are 1.5 in. across and the petals are fringed. Their colour is either white or pink.
SITE AND SOIL: Well-drained, humus-rich soil is necessary – thrives best in partial shade.
PROPAGATION: Divide clumps in early summer.
By careful selection you can ensure that your rockery will have flowers nearly all year round. For each month there is a list of perennials 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 many weeks afterwards.