Half-hardy Annual It needs a sunny and sheltered spot and is only really reliable in the south and west. Its twininggrow quickly, requiring trellis-work, netting or canes for support – alternatively you can grow it in a hanging basket and let the trail downwards.
VARIETIES: A packet of T.alataproduces plants with heart-shaped and funnel-shaped which are about 2 in. across. The petals are cream, yellow, pale brown or orange and the throat is dark purple, giving a black eye effect. It is a vigorous climber growing up to 10 ft. but the variety usually on offer is ‘Susie’. This grows about 4-6 ft and some of the have the black eyes missing.
SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do – full sun is essential.
PLANT DETAILS: Height 4-10 ft.
Spacing: 2 ft.
Flowering period: July-October.
PROPAGATION: Follow the Half Hardy Annual technique . Plant out when the danger of frost is past.
Tropaeolum majus ‘Whirlybird Gold’