GROWING THIS WEEK’S FREE SEEDS
Ruth falls for ‘frilly lovelies’, better known as godetia
IT is so often the case that things of great beauty require a lot of care and cosseting. So what a relief it is to grow low-maintenance Mr Fothergill’s Godetia ‘Azalea Flowered Mix’ in your garden!
Godetia (Clarkia amoena) are bright, free-flowering hardy annuals that originate in North America where they grow in the wild as well as in gardens.
Their showy funnel-shaped flowers bloom from early summer right through to early autumn and look delightful in borders. The plants also look striking when cut for indoor arrangements.
The variety we are giving away this week produces a profusion of double and semi-double blooms in shades of pink and red that will not only delight you, but also draw in the bees and butterflies too.
You can sow your godetia seeds where they are to flower next year, or save the seeds until spring, although those sown now will flower earlier and better than next year’s.
Godetia are robust, fast-growing plants that grow to 18in (45cm). To get them at their best, sow either in full sun or light shade.
Godetias produce a mass of pretty, funnel-shaped blooms