PLANT OF THE WEEK

Gloucestershire Echo - - LETTINGS -

IMPATIENS WALLERIANA

If you used to plant busy Lizzies but gave up be­cause of downy mildew, then you weren’t alone. The fun­gal dis­ease caused havoc, but breed­ers have been cre­at­ing dis­ease-re­sis­tant va­ri­eties – and the busy Lizzie is now back in busi­ness.

It’s long been a favourite bed­ding plant for its bright pro­fuse flow­ers and abil­ity to thrive in sun or semi-shade, and now Thomp­son &Mor­gan are sell­ing plug plants for despatch at the end of March of ‘Imara’, a mix of pink, white and red. It sells 24 plants for £11.99 and de­scribes them as strong grow­ing and re­silient “with bet­ter dis­ease re­sis­tance than we’ve ever seen”.

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