Toadflax LINARIA

The way to grow Toadflax is to sow it in small groups in autumn or spring at the front of the border or in the rockery. It is a good plant for children – if the seeds are sown very sparsely then no thinning is required and the compact, bushy plants bear small snapdragons in a wide variety of colours. Trim off the dead flowers once the first flush has faded.

VARIETIES: The varieties of L. maroccana are generally low-growing, reaching 1 ft or less. The type which is usually offered is ‘Fairy Bouquet’ (1/2 in. flowers in many colours on 9 in. plants). ‘Fairy Lights’ is a similar variety. L. reticulata is a much taller plant with larger flowers, but the popular garden variety ‘Crimson and Gold’ grows only 1 ft high.

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do – thrives in sun or light shade.

PLANT DETAILS: Height 9 in.-1.5 ft.

Spacing: 6 in.

Flowering period: June-September.

PROPAGATION: Sow seeds in September or April where they are to flower. Thin, if necessary, to required spacing.

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