Saturday, 8 March 2014

Garden: Helenium and Sparaxis

Sometimes, in the middle of winter, gardeners yearn for a blast of colour out there.... I try to ensure that there is something or other out every month of the year - currently, lots of minature daffodils, and some  Helebore (Christmas Rose), which of course are not roses at all.  But when perusing those catalogues for temptation in January, I always find something bright and lovely that I haven't got yet.  These arrived today - 100 bulbs of Sparaxis, and 5 plantlets of the Helenium

Sparaxis tricolor
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Sparaxis - a bulbous perennial with star shaped flowers of orange, red, white, yellow and copper on a delicate stem in spring if grown in pots, Late Summer and Autumn if planted direct into borders.  1 foot high.  Good for cutting.




Helenium 'Double Trouble'.  Late Summer flowering hardy perenial, will grow to 3 feet high 



Sparaxis