Dazzling beauty thrives in poor soils and both sun and partial shade.
Wow! Brilliant, 2" wide electric-pink blooms jump off the wooly silver gray foliage and transform this old-time cottage garden favorite into a dazzling runway fashion model. Prized for its adaptability to all garden conditions, our Abbotswood Rose is the most versatile Maltese Cross of all. Growing only 18-24" tall, and hardier than other varieties, it will give you years of high-wattage beauty. Thrives in poor soils and both sun and partial shade.
Sow in average soil in full sun to part shade after danger of heavy frost. Sow seeds about 8" apart and barely press in; light aids germination. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
How to Grow
Seedlings emerge in 21-28 days. Plants tend to be short-lived but self-Sow and will replace themselves where happy. Tall species need staking; pinching stems in spring promotes bushy growth and may forestall having to prop up plants. Deadheading prolongs bloom. Divide plants every 2-3 years in spring to keep the clumps vigorous. Propogate plants by dividing them in the spring (in fall in warm regions) or from seeds, which should be prechilled in the refrigerator for two weeks.
Grow Lychnis in perennial beds and borders and combine them with other plants that bloom at the same time. They combine nicely with daylilies, bellflowers, achillea, speedwells, and purple coneflower.