Make a change to your plant choices – 3

Next in my ‘Make a change to your plant choices’ theme are some hard-working plants for beds, baskets and borders.

Make a change to your plant choices - 3

Laurentia ‘Indigo Stars’

If your bedding and basket plants don’t usually last beyond August, then try this…

Laurentia ‘Indigo Stars’

This sparkly little plant originates from the Australian scrubland, so this gives you an idea of how hardy, robust and drought tolerant these plants can be. They’ve had to grow up the hard way!

Seldom available in garden centres, laurentia (also known as isotoma) is one of summer’s best kept secrets. The plants are like mini footballs of star-packed colour; thousands of blooms (count them!) from June to October, and… I’ve saved the best until last… they’re fragrant too!!

Give them a go, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

Make a change to your plant choices - 3

Peruvian Lily ‘Indian Summer’

If you’re looking for 5 months of flowers, then look no further:

Peruvian lilies are spectacular border plants, with flowers like orchids. They’ll last for 5-6 months, throwing up in excess of 50 stems!

Alstroemeria are also hardy down to -10C, tough and resilient and untroubled by pests and diseases. Try them in borders, or maybe in giant patio pots – their beach ball habit will just keep throwing up flower stems. Remember to pull them rather than cut down and you’ll get more!

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  1. Dorothy Quiney says:

    I have grown these plug plants, only available as plugs from T&M, for many years. They have never failed me whatever the weather. I will be ordering them again for 2014.

  2. john bocking says:

    Got some laurentia from t &m this year. Cold spell set them back early on in cold greenhouse but they are outside now in patio pots and moving well, await the flowers with anticipation

    • Rebecca Tute Rebecca Tute says:

      Hi John, thanks for your comment. Great to hear that your laurentia plants are doing well. Best wishes, Rebecca

  3. pearse carty says:

    I successfully grew a packet of these from seed bought from you guys last year. They were so lovely that I am over-wintering some and hoping they’ll produce again this summer. They had many admirers.

    Any more unusual plants/seeds to recommend?


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