Ruth falls for ‘frilly lovelies’, bet­ter known as gode­tia

Amateur Gardening - - This Week In Gardening -

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

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