HOW TO GROW YOUR FREE SEEDS
Ruth anticipates a blaze of colour from her Clarkia seeds
Get a blaze of colour from our free Clarkia
NAMED after one half of the American explorer duo Lewis and Clark, this week’s free seeds from Mr Fothergill’s are a cottage favourite with a pop of colour.
Clarkia ‘Choice Double Mixed’ grow to 12in (30cm) tall and are topped with clusters of pretty double flowers in shades of pink.
They are easy to grow and will look spectacular in borders and as cut flowers for indoor arrangements.
Clarkia have a long season of flowering, from early summer right through to the first frosts. They do best sown in a sunny site that has wellprepared, free-draining soil.
You can sow some now, which will start to germinate and put on root growth over the next few weeks. They will become dormant through the depths of winter before returning to life when the weather warms up.
Although these plants are hardy annuals, they may need protecting with a cloche or layer of fleece.
You can also sow some seeds next spring after the frosts, though they may not be as robust and strong-flowering as the autumn batch.
Clarkia are beloved by gardeners and flower arrangers