A charming, but exquisite stunner for the spring or summer garden. Its habit is branching so it reaches only 4-6in in height yet cascades or spreads for 12in Descriptively it's one mass of ½in double blooms, Uniquely the blooms have no consistent colour. The buds are deep pink opening to salmon and maturing to white, conveying this majestic blossom effect. Ideal for hanging baskets, containers and direct sown, or planted out, is a striking carpeting plant of better character and form than alyssum. Occasionally singles will appear in the double forms and should be removed.
Sow in spring outdoors where they are to flower. Prepare the ground well and rake to a fine tilth before sowing. Sow 3mm (1/8in) deep in rows 30cm (12in) apart. Germination usually takes approximately 21 days.
Seed can also be sown outdoors in early autumn for over wintering and earlier flowering, or alternatively can be sown indoors in early spring 1.5mm (1/16in) deep in seed compost. Germination takes 7-14 days at 15-18C (60-65F). Transplant the seedlings when large enough to handle, gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions and plant out when all risk of frost has gone.
When large enough to handle thin out to 20cm (8in) apart. They prefer a sunny, open site and well drained soil.
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