The Campions areand most of them have a long flowering season, extending to September or October. They are carpeting plants which are usually planted between rocks, their and narrow spreading outwards to form a low carpet from which the star-faced tubular arise. Silene should not be moved.
VARIETIES: Some of the rockery Silenes grow asin Britain. One of them is S. acaulis height 2 in., spread 1 ft.
Flowering period: May-June. The tiny greenform a mat and above this are the pink , unfortunately less abundant than on the specimens growing wild. Another of our natives is S. maritima, the Sea Campion – grow the double-flowering form ‘Flore Pleno’, bearing 1.5 in. white blooms and silvery foliage. Us basic statistics are height 6 in., spread 1 ft.
Flowering period: July-October – the same statistics apply to S. schafta which produces masses of sprays of deep pink flowers. ‘Abbots-wood’ is the variety to grow.
SITE AND SOIL: Requires well-drained soil in full sun.
PROPAGATION: Plantin a cold frame in summer.